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Liam’s Leadership Lessons: Chapter 1 – Programming Perfection

Hello everyone! Welcome to the first blog post for Liam’s Leadership Lessons! This series will consist of monthly blog posts from the NFTY-GER PVP designed to help growing leaders create social programming events in their own communities and congregations. Each blog post will be accompanied by a plethora of links full of helpful and exciting digital resources. Over the program year, I hope you are all able to use these resources to your advantage and gain a better understanding of the meaningful work it takes to create an event. Without further adieu, let’s jump into our first chapter of Liam’s Leadership Tools!

I quickly gained a passion for Programming upon my entry into NFTY-GER. Being able to take part in a creative and interactive activity where I could share my opinions and feel heard by everyone was truly incredible. I was in awe each time I witnessed a different style of programming, whether it be educational, social action, or big fun. I have always been curious about how programs were made from start to finish. This curiosity led me to a very well-known and fundamental tool called Program Format. Program Format (or ProFo for short) is used across all 19 NFTY regions and is extremely helpful when trying to organize your ideas and activities into a specified time slot. The entire format is divided up into twelve different sections which all contribute to how the program is created and executed:


Touchstone Text – an overarching text that describes the ideas prevalent in the program and can be referred back to at anytime

Enduring Understanding – a description of the touchstone text and how it connects to the overall program

Essential Questions – questions or issues that led you to write the program, and how it will impact its intended audience

Goals – big ideas you want to achieve; untestable

Objectives – can be proven and done during the program; testable and concrete

Materials – a list of all of the required materials you will need for the program from start to finish

People Needed – a list of all of the people needed to execute the program (Program Leader(s), Group Leader(s), Participants, etc.)

Space Needed – the location(s) where the program will take place

Setup Needed – detailed explanation of everything that must be set up before the program begins

Time Table – an exact timeframe of the entire program from start to finish, leaving time for the program in addition to transitions, discussions, etc.

Detailed Procedure – a breakdown and more in-depth look of the time table; includes any announcements, discussion questions, etc.

Appendix – a place for extra information to be used in the program, such as handouts or information sheets


Additionally, the use of Group Facilitation is present in many programs. When participants are divided up into smaller groups, they’re able to have deeper and more intimate conversations. The people who lead these groups, known as “group leaders,” are responsible for deepening group discussions and fulfilling the goals and objectives of the program. It is crucial for group leaders to see and understand the program as a whole before moving on to help in its execution.

Creating a program can seem a bit daunting, but do not worry! Feel free to use this Road Map to help throughout the entire program writing process. In addition to these resources, the NFTY-GER regional board is here to help! If you have any questions about programming or need help navigating through these resources, please feel free to reach out to me, your Programming Vice President, at Thank you so much!

Liam Klass
NFTY-GER Programming Vice President 5779-5780