The Mandel Executive Leadership Program offers outstanding midcareer JCC, federation, JCRC, and AJC professionals an opportunity to sharpen their guiding visions of Jewish communal life and develop their leadership and management skills. The program includes cohort learning in seminars (three in Boston, one in Israel) and individual learning with a mentor. Cohort learning explores the major challenges facing Jewish organizations and communities—increasing communal diversity, changing patterns of association, growing political polarization and the need to clarify the purposes of contemporary Jewish life. With attention to practice, fellows examine such challenges through three curricular lenses:

  • Social Analysis—a lens focused on understanding challenges in relation to organizational, political, cultural and demographic change
  • Visions of Jewish Life—a lens focused on clarifying alternative visions of the Jewish community at its best
  • Nonprofit Management—a lens focused on crafting strategies and honing skills for organizational and communal change

Between seminars, fellows continue their learning in small groups by video conference. Throughout the program, fellows also work with mentors on activities designed to complement cohort learning and advance individual learning goals. Program mentors are current and former executives of nonprofit organizations.

Asher Lopatin and David Stolow.
Sarah Beutel, Tova Birnbaum, Sue Gelsey, Adina Frydman.

“It’s been inspiring for me to know that I’m not alone with my passion and commitment for working within and furthering Jewish life. We’re an accomplished group and it brings out the best in us. Being part of the fellowship is personally a source of pride and I also feel pride from my organization.”

Fellow, Inaugural Cohort