Jonathan Shmidt Chapman (Cohort I) leading a program with The K’ilu Company. Photo Credit: Wide-Eyed Studios

About the Program

The shape of the North American Jewish community is rapidly changing, presenting Jewish educational leaders with a new set of challenges and opportunities. The Educational Leadership Program is an 18-month fellowship that empowers Jewish educational leaders from a wide range of settings to sharpen their educational visions, broaden their understanding of the educational landscape, and develop leadership skills to bring their visions to fruition.

Program Overview

The program includes four in-person seminars, virtual short courses, peer-led practice groups and one-on-one sessions with an adviser. Three seminars are held at the Mandel Institute’s space in Brookline, MA and one is held in Israel. All program costs and travel expenses are covered by the Mandel Institute. The curriculum is organized around three strands:

Program Strands

Educational Visions

Fellows work to clarify and enrich their educational aims and methods through engagement with a wide range of approaches to Jewish education.

Educational Ecosystem

Fellows deepen their understanding of trends in North American Jewish life, the Jewish educational Institutional landscape, and the evolving history of Jewish education in North America.

Leadership

Fellows develop leadership capacities that empower them to bring their educational visions to life, lead organizational change and act to impact the field more broadly.

Program Dates

Seminar 1: Boston - April 7-11, 2024

Seminar 2: Boston - November 10-14, 2024

Seminar 3: Israel - March 18-25, 2025

Seminar 4: Boston - October 26-30, 2025

About the Fellows

Fellows are educational leaders in Jewish organizations (or Jewish departments in organizations with a broader mission) who aspire to deepen their impact on their own organizations and the broader field. The program deliberately brings together fellows from a wide range of educational settings and perspectives. We believe that educators from different settings have much to learn from one another and that the robust exchange of ideas across settings can spark innovation and clarify visions.

Fellows & Graduates

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Scott Aaron

Educational Cohort I 2022-2023

Adi Barel

Adi Barel

Educational Cohort I 2022-2023

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Mara Braunfeld

Educational Cohort I 2022-2023

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Megan Doherty

Educational Cohort I 2022-2023

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Tehilah Eisenstadt

Educational Cohort I 2022-2023

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Suri Ganz

Educational Cohort I 2022-2023

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Amy Golding

Educational Cohort I 2022-2023

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Yael Krieger

Educational Cohort I 2022-2023

Amy Meltzer

Amy Meltzer

Educational Cohort I 2022-2023

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Rebecca Milder

Educational Cohort I 2022-2023

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Laura Perpinyal

Educational Cohort I 2022-2023

Yehuda Potok

Yehudah Potok

Educational Cohort I 2022-2023

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Tamar Rabinowitz

Educational Cohort I 2022-2023

Anna Robbins

Ana Robbins

Educational Cohort I 2022-2023

Jonathan Chapman

Jonathan Shmidt Chapman

Educational Cohort I 2022-2023

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Beverly Socher-Lerner

Educational Cohort I 2022-2023

Stephanie Tankel

Stephanie Tankel

Educational Cohort I 2022-2023

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Mason Voit

Educational Cohort I 2022-2023

Ethan Zadoff

Ethan Zadoff

Educational Cohort I 2022-2023

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Micol Zimmerman Burkeman

Educational Cohort I 2022-2023

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Faculty & Advisors

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Jonathan Krasner

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Chair of Jewish Education Research at Brandeis University

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Jethro Berkman

Director of the Educational Leadership Program

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Devora Steinmetz

Faculty, Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership and Hebrew College Rabbinical School

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Adam M. Kleinbaum

Visiting Faculty

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Michelle Lynn-Sachs

Advisor

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Arielle Levites

Visiting Faculty

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Jacob Pinnolis

Advisor

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Michal Fox Smart

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Michelle Shapiro Abraham

Advisor

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Tova Birnbaum

Director of Jewish Content at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto

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Susie Tanchel

Advisor

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Saul Kaiserman

Advisor

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Nigel Savage

Advisor

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Kathy Simon

Teacher Educator and Communication Coach

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Eligibility & FAQ

Applications for Cohort II are due November 28th, 2023.