Applications for Cohort IV are now open
Application
Eligibility & Dates

Cohort IV applications are now open until June 15th, 2022.

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.

Seminar 1

November 7-11, 2022 (Boston)

Seminar 2

May 16-23, 2023 (Israel)

Seminar 3

November 6-10, 2023 (Boston)

Seminar 4

May 13-17, 2024 (Boston)

FAQs

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 will be 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 are open from April 18th, 2022 through June 15th, 2022.

An admissions committee drawn from the Mandel Institute’s faculty, staff and consultants makes admissions decisions.

Applicants will be notified of their status in late July, 2022. 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.

Fellows strengthen their capacity to:
  • 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, November 7-11, 2022
    • Seminar II: Israel May 16-23, 2023
    • Seminar III: Boston, November 6-10, 2023
    • Seminar IV: Boston, May 13017, 2024

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.