About the Program

Organizations that serve the Jewish community operate in a rapidly changing social, cultural and political landscape. The Mandel Executive Leadership Program empowers rising leaders of Jewish nonprofits to sharpen their guiding visions of Jewish communal life, and expand their leadership and management skills to effect change.

Cohort III is composed of midcareer professionals serving federations, Jewish community centers, Jewish community relations councils and the American Jewish Committee.

Program Pillars

Social Analysis

Fellows analyze trends in North American Jewish communities and Israeli society, and grapple together with salient opportunities and challenges.

Visons of Jewish Life

Fellows examine the ideas that animate contemporary Jewish life in diverse settings, and sharpen their own visions of the Jewish future.

Leadership and Nonprofit Management

Fellows develop their leadership signatures and stories, and learn ways to catalyze organizations to achieve vision-guided change.

Program Overview

A 16-month program including three seminars in Boston and one in Israel.

Instruction by the Mandel Institute’s multidisciplinary faculty in leadership and nonprofit management, social analysis and visions of Jewish life.

Group deliberation and live case studies on the changing communal landscape: increasing diversity, new patterns of association, rising polarization, and new dynamics in the Israel-diaspora relationship.

Joint learning with fellows and faculty of Israel-based Mandel leadership programs.

Short courses on a variety of leadership and management skills.

Individual work on leadership and career pathways with a Mandel Institute mentor.

Fellows & Graduates
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Judy Alperin

CEO of the Jewish Federation, Foundation & JCC of Greater New Haven

Cohort III 2021-2023

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Lisa Armony

Director of the Rose Project, and Chief Impact Officer at the Jewish Federation of Orange County

Cohort III 2021-2023

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Ronnie Conn

Chief Operating Officer of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus

Cohort III 2021-2023

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Abbey Feinberg

Annual Campaign Director at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation

Cohort III 2021-2023

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Brad Finkel

Chief Operating Officer for JCC Chicago

Cohort III 2021-2023

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Abbey Frank

Former Senior Director for Program Operations and Planning at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

Cohort III 2021-2023

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Meggie Fredman

AJC’s Director of the Alexander Young Leadership Department

Cohort III 2021-2023

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Dan Goldwin

Executive Director for Public Affairs for the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Chicago (JUF)

Cohort III 2021-2023

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Stephanie Hausner

Chief Program Officer of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

Cohort III 2021-2023

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Matt Kernkraut

Chief Development Officer for Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County

Cohort III 2021-2023

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Naomi Knopf

Chief of Staff at Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey

Cohort III 2021-2023

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Ashley Lasher

Executive Director of the Asheville Jewish Community Center

Cohort III 2021-2023

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Allie Lipner Rosenblum

Director of Development Operations at AJC

Cohort III 2021-2023

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Liv Mendelsohn

Director of Accessibility and Inclusion at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre and Artistic Director of the ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto

Cohort III 2021-2023

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Maxima Patashnik

Director of the JCRC and Government Affairs at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle where

Cohort III 2021-2023

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Shelley Rood Wernick

Managing Director of the Center on Aging and Trauma at The Jewish Federations of North America

Cohort III 2021-2023

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Darren Schwartz

Chief Planning and Strategy Officer for the Jewish Federation of San Diego

Cohort III 2021-2023

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Karen Sher

Vice President of Community Leadership and Engagement for Jewish Federation of St. Louis

Cohort III 2021-2023

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Stefanie Tuzman

President & CEO of Jewish Nevada

Cohort III 2021-2023

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Martín Yafé

Chief Program Officer of the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, located in Northern Manhattan, NY

Cohort III 2021-2023

Zach-Briton

Zach Briton

Chief Development Officer of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

Cohort II 2020-2022

Jessica-Brown-Smith

Jessica Brown Smith

Senior Director of Development of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Cohort II 2020-2022

Roxanne-Cohen

Roxanne Cohen

Former Managing Director of Community Impact, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund in San Francisco

Cohort II 2020-2022

Sam-Cohen

Sam Cohen

Vice President, JCC Maccabi at JCC Association of North America

Cohort II 2020-2022

Andrew-Cushnir

Andrew Cushnir

Executive Vice President, Donor Relations at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

Cohort II 2020-2022

Anita-Denes-Meador

Anita Denes-Meador

Chief Program Officer for JCC Chicago

Cohort II 2020-2022

Karen-Elam

Karen Elam

Director of the Levine Center to End Hate, an initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester

Cohort II 2020-2022

Sally-Flinchbaugh

Sally Flinchbaugh

Chief Operating Officer at the Oshman Family JCC

Cohort II 2020-2022

Mindee-Fredman

Mindee Fredman

Vice President of Community Impact at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis

Cohort II 2020-2022

Hana-Gruenberg

Hana Gruenberg

Managing Director of the Jewish Life department at UJA-Federation of NY

Cohort II 2020-2022

Chavie-Kahn

Chavie N. Kahn

Director of School Strategy and Policy at UJA-Federation of New York

Cohort II 2020-2022

Jason-Kunzman

Jason Kunzman

Chief Program Officer for the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh

Cohort II 2020-2022

David-Kurzmann

David Kurzmann

Senior Director, Community and Donor Relations, at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Cohort II 2020-2022

Eric-Lightman

Eric Lightman

Executive Director of the JCC of the Lehigh Valley in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Cohort II 2020-2022

Naomi-Rosenfeld

Naomi Rosenfeld

Executive Director of the Atlantic Jewish Council, the Jewish Federation of the eastern Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador

Cohort II 2020-2022

Rachel-Rubenstein

Rachel Rubenstein

Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County, NY (JFGOC)

Cohort II 2020-2022

Sami-Sinclair

Sami Sinclair

Former Vice President of Development for JCC Greater Boston

Cohort II 2020-2022

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Dani Weinstein

Combined Jewish Philanthropies’ (CJP) Associate Vice President of Women’s Philanthropy and Young Adult Philanthropy

Cohort II 2020-2022

Nataly-Yusim

Nataly Yusim

Chief Operating Officer at Galbut Family Miami Beach JCC on the Simkins Family Campus (MBJCC) in Miami Beach, FL

Cohort II 2020-2022

Sarah-Beutel

Sarah Beutel

Vice President of Community Building at the Jewish Federation of Ottawa

Cohort I 2018-2019

Tova-Birnbaum

Tova Birnbaum

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

Cohort I 2018-2019

Elisa-Deener-Agus

Elisa Deener-Agus

Chief of Staff of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington in Washington, D.C.

Cohort I 2018-2019

Adina-Frydman

Adina Frydman

CEO of Young Judea Global

Cohort I 2018-2019

Sue-Gelsey

Sue Gelsey

Chief Program Officer at the Jewish Community Center Association

Cohort I 2018-2019

James-Greene

James Greene

Executive Director of Camp Laurelwood in Madison, CT

Cohort I 2018-2019

Jennifer-Gross

Jennifer Gross

Chief Executive Officer of American Friends of Tel Aviv University

Cohort I 2018-2019

Daniel-Held

Daniel Held

Chief Program Officer of the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto

Cohort I 2018-2019

Renee-Kutner

Renée Kutner

Chief Operating Officer at the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta

Cohort I 2018-2019

Michelle-Labgold

Michelle Labgold

Chief Planning Officer of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation (GMJF)

Cohort I 2018-2019

Abbie-Levin

Abbie Levin

Senior Vice President of Operations at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Cohort I 2018-2019

Paul-Lurie

Paul Lurie

Chief Operating Officer of the JCC of Greater Baltimore

Cohort I 2018-2019

Jesse-Rosen

Jesse Rosen

President & CEO of the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches

Cohort I 2018-2019

Erika-Rudin-Luria

Erika Rudin-Luria

President of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Cohort I 2018-2019

Hugh-Seid-Valencia

Hugh Seid-Valencia

Director of Collaborative Leadership and Jewish Engagement at Jewish Silicon Valley

Cohort I 2018-2019

Adam-Silver

Adam Silver

Chief Executive Officer of Calgary Jewish Federation and Calgary Jewish Community Campus Corporation in Alberta, Canada

Cohort I 2018-2019

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Faculty & Mentors
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Naomi Adler

CEO, Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America

Mentor

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Deborah Ancona

Seley Distinguished Professor of Management, a Professor of Organization Studies, and the Founder of the MIT Leadership Center at the MIT Sloan School of Management

Faculty

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Mara Benjamin

Irene Kaplan Leiwant Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Mt. Holyoke College

Faculty

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Robin Bernstein

Interim Executive Director of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality

Mentor

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Sarah Bunin Benor

Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion

Faculty

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Cindy Chazan

Senior Advisor The Wexner Foundation (Retired)

Mentor

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Allan Finkelstein

President and CEO of the Jewish Community Centers (Retired)

Mentor

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Alan Gill

Executive Vice President Emeritus of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)

Mentor

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Stephen H. Hoffman

President Emeritus of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Mentor

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Dan Judson

Dean of the Hebrew College Rabbinical School

Faculty

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Asher Lopatin

Executive Director of Detroit’s JCRC/AJC: A Partnership for Community Relations and Jewish advocacy

Faculty

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John Ruskay

Executive Vice President Emeritus of UJA-Federation of New York and a Senior Fellow at the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute in Jerusalem

Mentor

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Devora Steinmetz

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

Faculty

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David Stolow

Faculty Director of the Public and Nonprofit MBA Program at Boston University Questrom School of Business

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Application & FAQ

Applications for the Executive Leadership Program are currently closed. Cohort IV applications will open in the Spring of 2022.