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 Mandel Educational Leadership Program empowers Jewish educational leaders from across a range of settings to generate new visions of Jewish education, to grow in their leadership and to build relationships beyond their organizations as they bring their visions to life.

Program Pillars

Visions For the Field

The program invites fellows into a mutually enriching and creative conversation about the purposes and forms of Jewish education, inspiring fellows to renew their own visions and to create new ideas for the future of Jewish education.

Leadership Growth

A custom-crafted curriculum helps fellows develop leadership capabilities and understandings of the field that empower them to bring their visions to life and meet the challenges they face.

Network Creation

The program nurtures connections among the fellows and creates networks of visionary leaders who support and challenge one another, think broadly and work within and beyond their own organizational settings to create vibrant Jewish educational experiences.

Program Overview

An 18-month program including three seminars in the Boston area and one in Israel.

  • Seminar 1: February 27 – March 3 2022, Brookline, MA
  • Seminar 2: June 26 – 30 2022, Brookline, MA
  • Seminar 3: December 6 – 13 2022, Israel
  • Seminar 4: June 25 – 29 2023, Brookline, MA

Learn with a faculty of leading scholars and practitioners and a cohort of dynamic educational leaders from a wide range of educational settings and Jewish perspectives.

Dive deeply into competing visions of Jewish education through “visions-in-action” learning experiences with master Jewish educators.

Engage in remote learning and peer-consultations in between seminars.

Connect and network with fellows and alumni of the Mandel Executive Leadership Program, the Mandel School for Educational Leadership in Israel and other Mandel programs.

Grow as leaders, with a focus on building healthy organizational relationships, and cultivating creativity and curiosity.

Faculty & Mentors

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Nigel Savage



Tova Birnbaum

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



Jonathan Krasner

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


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Michelle Shapiro Abraham


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Saul Kaiserman


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Michelle Lynn-Sachs


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Jacob Pinnolis


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Jethro Berkman

Director of the Educational Leadership Program


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Susie Tanchel



Devora Steinmetz

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



Eligibility & FAQ

Applications for Cohort II will open in the fall of 2023.