Frequently Asked Questions

The Mandel Executive Leadership Program enables outstanding midcareer JCC, Federation, JCRC and AJC professionals to sharpen their guiding visions of Jewish communal life and strengthen their leadership and management skills. With attention to practice, the program features cohort learning and individual mentoring.

The cohort is comprised of midcareer professionals from federations, Jewish community centers, Jewish community relations councils and the American Jewish Committee who are 3-5 years away from a top leadership or executive position.


The characteristics of successful candidates for the program include:

  • Proven track records of leadership
  • High ethical standards, creativity, intellectual capacity
  • Passion for Jewish communal life
  • Ages 30-55
  • On track for executive leadership of an organization of any size, or a senior leadership position in a large JCC/Federation/JCRC/AJC

Yes, applications will be accepted from executives of small and mid-size organizations.

Phase I application will be open from  Feb 4 through April 1.

For those invited to Phase II, the application will be open from June 4 through May 15.

An admissions committee drawn from the Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership’s faculty, staff and consultants makes admissions decisions.

Fellows strengthen their capacity to:

  • Incorporate research to analyze community opportunities and challenges
  • Draw on Jewish thought to envision and communicate organizational purposes
  • Build organizational strategies aligned with core purposes
  • Manage organizational finances, human resources, and marketing
  • Lead with vision and values

Fellows must attend all 4 seminars in their entirety. Between seminars, fellows complete short assignments and work 1:1 with a mentor.

Sponsoring organizations give release time for fellows to join the four seminars that take place throughout the 16 months.

The 16-month program includes:

  • Four seminars
    • January 10-14, 2021 (Boston)
    • May 23-27, 2021 (Boston)
    • November 15-22, 2021 (Israel)
    • May 15-19, 2022 (Boston)
  • Learning opportunities between seminars
  • Individual work with a mentor

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation covers all travel and program expenses. Sponsoring organizations provide release time for participation in the seminars.

“As the world changes, our programs will change, but the need for enlightened, informed leadership will never go away.”

– Morton L. Mandel, Chairman and CEO, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation –