Tuesday, June 15

8:30 amZoom line opens for those who would like to meet and greet fellow participants.

9:00 amConference Opening Remarks by Village Movement California leaders.

9:15 amWorkshop One: Reframing Aging. Janine Vandenberg, Director and Chief Catalyst of Changing the Narrative will connect villages’ mission, vision, and purpose to the national movement to change the way people think, talk, and act about aging and ageism.

10:15 amBreak with Optional Sponsor Break Out Rooms.

10:30 am – Workshop Two: Building Communities of Belonging. Teachers from The Untraining will share a short video and lead a presentation about diverse identities – your own and those you want to bring into your villages. Two villages will share updates about their diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Learning to recognize and talk about our diverse identities will help us build an inclusive and equitable village movement.

11:45 am Closing Remarks and prompts for Day Two.

12:00 pmDay One Ends, Zoom Room and Sponsor Break-Out Rooms remain open for 30 minutes.

Wednesday, June 16

8:30 am – Warm Up Workshop for Early Birds : Play in Place. Evan Johnson, the founding director of the Cosmic Elders Theater Ensemble, will lead a convivial theater arts workshop that is sure to give your energy and mood a boost.

9:00 amDay Two Opening Remarks by Village Movement California Leaders.

9:15 am – Workshop Three: Evolving the Post-Pandemic Village. A panel of leaders will share their villages’ responses to learnings and changes sparked by the pandemic.  The brief presentations will be followed by breakout sessions to help you dig deep into your own thoughts and questions, and hear from your peers across the state.

  • Carol Kitabayashi, Westside Pacific Villages, will discuss new thinking about membership dues
  • Devorah Servi, ChaiVillageLA, will discuss inter-generational programs and how they are enriching the village’s community
  • Maryl Gearhart and Craig Griffith, Ashby Village, will share planning for hybrid programming to be offered in person and/or online

10:15 amBreak with Optional Sponsor Break Out Rooms.

10:30 am Workshop Four: Sponsorship and Financial Sustainability. Katie Brandon, Pasadena Village Executive Director. will share her deep experience with organizational and business sponsorship and give you action steps and practical tips to get your new initiatives going right away.

11:30 amState of the Village Movement. Charlotte Dickson, Executive Director will talk about where we’ve been, and where we are going.

11:50 amClosing Remarks.

12:00 pm Convening Ends.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn together. You may register until June 16!

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Member Spotlight


ChaiVillageLA is the first synagogue-based village in the country, a bold partnership of two cutting-edge Los Angeles-area synagogues­—Temple Emanuel and Temple Isaiah—to challenge their congregants to rethink their paradigms of aging and use their accumulated experience, talents, wisdom and creativity to build a community of support, caring and enrichment. Being a faith-based village, ChaiVillageLA aligns itself with the values of its synagogues and the wider Jewish community.