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Applications for Cohort V will open in Spring 2023.
The program is for midcareer professionals working in North America, age 28-55, who are 3-5 years away from a top leadership or executive position. Cohort IV will be comprised of Hillel, JCC, federation and JCRC professionals.
The Executive Leadership Program enables outstanding midcareer professionals to sharpen their guiding visions of Jewish communal life and strengthen their leadership and management skills. With attention to practice, the program features cohort learning and individual mentoring.
The program is for midcareer professionals working in North America, age 28-55, who are 3-5 years away from a top leadership or executive position. Cohort IV is comprised of Hillel, JCC, federation and JCRC professionals.
For Cohort IV, eligible applicants must work at a JCC, federation, JCRC, or Hillel. In the future, we may expand eligibility beyond these specific organizations. Please subscribe to our newsletter to keep informed about future cohorts.
Yes, applications will be accepted from all Hillel executives and executives of small and mid-size JCCs, federations and JCRCs.
Applications for Cohort V will open in the spring of 2023.
An admissions committee drawn from the Mandel Institute’s faculty, staff and consultants makes admissions decisions.
Finalists will be invited to prepare an additional essay, arrange a letter of reference, and schedule an interview with the admissions committee.
Finalists will assessed in relation to the following criteria:
- Track record of leadership
- Intellect and creativity
- High ethical standards
- Passion for Jewish communal life
- On-track for executive leadership of an organization of any size, or senior leadership role in a large organization
With these criteria in mind, the admissions committee seeks to create a cohort that represents the diversity of the Jewish community.
If you applied in the past, you are welcome to apply again. While we would like to be able to share specific feedback, one of our admissions committee’s basic operating principles is that its deliberations are confidential.
- Lead with vision and values
- Incorporate research to analyze community opportunities and challenges
- Draw on Jewish thought to envision and communicate organizational purposes
- Build organizational strategies aligned with core purposes
- Manage organizational finances and governance
Fellows must attend all 4 seminars in their entirety. Between seminars, fellows continue their learning by video conference and individually with a mentor.
Sponsoring organizations approve release time for fellows to join the program’s four seminars.
The 18-month program for Cohort IV includes:
- Four seminars
- Learning opportunities between seminars
- Individual work with a mentor
- Seminar I: Boston
- Seminar II: Israel
- Seminar III: Boston
- Seminar IV: Boston
The Mandel Institute covers travel and program expenses, except for ground transportation and meals during travel. Sponsoring organizations provide release time for participation in the seminars.
All participants must verify that they are fully vaccinated and boosted (as defined by the CDC), unless exempt from vaccination for medical reasons.
Fellows who are nursing a baby may bring the baby to seminars if they choose. We can help to provide a babysitter in order to allow the fellow to still participate and their best. For fellows who do not bring their baby and need to pump, we can provide assistance for breast milk shipping via Milk Stork.