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JCC Professionals Selected as Fellows in Mandel Executive Leadership Program

16-Month Training Program Helps Advance Jewish Life in North America

NEW YORK JCC Association of North America is pleased to announce that seven JCC professionals have been selected to participate in Cohort III of the Mandel Executive Leadership Program. The 16-month program offers leaders in Jewish nonprofit organizations opportunities to learn, network, and strategize with seasoned Jewish communal professionals and Cohort colleagues, as well as implement a vision in their own organizations that will enrich each entity and advance Jewish life.

Cohort III will convene with a virtual kick-off in early 2021 that will be followed by three seminars in Boston, a study tour in Israel, small group work, individual mentoring, and workshops to enrich fellows’ nonprofit management skills. Additional opportunities to learn as part of a strong alumni network are available to graduates of the Mandel Executive Leadership Program.

JCC Associations extends a mazel tov to these JCC professionals who are fellows in the 20-member Cohort III and were selected from a pool of nearly 100 applicants:

Judith Alperin
Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven
Woodbridge, Connecticut

Ronnel Conn
Chief Operating Officer
Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus
Columbus, Ohio

Bradley Finkel
Chief Operating Officer
Jewish Community Center of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Ashley Lasher
Executive Director
Asheville Jewish Community Center
Asheville, North Carolina

Liviya Mendelsohn
Director, Accessibility and Inclusion
Miles Nadal JCC
Toronto, Ontario

Stefanie Tuzman
President & CEO
Jewish Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada

Martin Yafe
Chief Program Officer
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood.
New York, New York


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About JCC Association of North America

JCC Association of North America leads and connects the JCC Movement, advancing and enriching North American Jewish life. With 1.5 million people walking through the doors of JCCs (Jewish Community Centers and Jewish Community Camps) each week, the JCC Movement represents the largest platform of Jewish engagement on the continent. JCC Association is the convening organization of this powerful network, partnering with JCCs to bring together the collective power and knowledge of the JCC Movement, which includes approximately 53,000 staff members—12,000 full-time skilled professionals, 24,000 part-time staff, and 17,000 seasonal summer staff. By supporting them, together we enhance and strengthen Jewish life throughout North America. Learn more at or on Facebook, Instagram,  and Twitter.


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