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Jewish Experiential Leadership Institute

The Jewish Experiential Leadership Institute (JELI), a leadership and professional development program designed for JCC professionals, was co-launched by the JCC Association and the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in March 2012. This fellowship program is the result of collaborative efforts among the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary and JCC Association’s Department of Professional Development and Mandel Center for Jewish Education.

The JELI program is designed as an in-service program for middle- and senior-management professionals in Jewish Community Centers throughout North America. The initial cohort of 20 fellows will learn to apply Jewish frameworks—including values, ethics, texts, and traditions—to setting their organizations’ vision, executing day-to-day management, and developing their own leadership identities. JELI’s primary goal is to enhance the personal growth, Jewish leadership abilities, and professional skill sets of talented emerging leaders working in settings that nurture Jewish experiential education programs.


Joy Brand-Richardson

Provides support and career coaching to all JCC professionals and people seeking employment in JCCs. Creates and coordinates professional development opportunities to enrich the skills of JCC staff through webinars, regional and continental conferences, and workshops. Director of the JCC Professional Conference and the Graduate Scholarship Program. Co-creator of the JCC Association Talent Management program, a new signature program focusing on the growth and advancement of JCC Professionals.

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