Letter From the Director

The latest issue of our newsletter profiles recent Mandel Institute convenings on responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Although the challenges are enormous, national networks, funders, organizations and individuals are responding in creative and often pathbreaking ways.

In recent weeks, responses to the pandemic coincide with an outpouring of national activism on the issue of racial justice. Galvanized by the murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement, public support for addressing the issue of systemic racism has never been higher. How can Jewish organizations contribute to the cause of racial justice in the United States, and what are the special responsibilities of Jewish leadership? We plan to explore these questions with our fellows in the months ahead.

Philanthropic Responses to the Pandemic

On May 27th, the Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership convened philanthropic leaders to discuss responses to the coronavirus pandemic. Panelists included Rachel Garbow Monroe, President and CEO of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Jehuda Reinharz, President and CEO of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, and Andrés Spokoiny, President and CEO of the Jewish Funders Network.

Communal Responses to Pandemic

On May 6th, the Institute convened a session for the fellows and graduates of the Mandel Executive Leadership Program with Doron Krakow, President and CEO of JCC Association of North America, Eric Fingerhut, President and CEO of JFNA, and Paul Bernstein, CEO of Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools.

Courageous Leadership Now

Mandel Institute graduates, fellows, faculty and mentors met on April 21st, 2020 for the second in a series of convenings on communal responses to the coronavirus pandemic. The session featured a talk on “Courageous Leadership Now” by Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America.