Illuminated by Jewish Wisdom
Judaism is multidimensional. It is sometimes described as a civilization, combining religion, culture, ethnicity, peoplehood, nationality, a value system and a way of life. Judaism embraces the totality of diverse Jewish beliefs and practices. However you define and express your Jewish identity, you are welcome in J Leaders.
J Leaders vision is to inspire and engage ethical, impactful Jewish young adult leaders to ensure a vibrant Jewish community and make the world a better place. Jewish wisdom and culture are woven into the fabric of the entire Leadership Academy experience. Core to this vision is the importance of empowering today’s generation of Jewish young adults to be prepared to step-up as value-driven leaders in the community today and in the future.
- Most Academy fellows, workshop facilitators and fireside chat presenters identify as Jewish. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their own Jewishness and its impact on their own leadership.
- A Rabbi or Jewish educator co-facilitates the Leadership Academy. They add increased Jewish context to the leadership skills by bringing in relevant Jewish wisdom, culture, and identity through stories, text study, case studies, teachings of current and past Jewish leaders, and examples of exceptional Jewish leadership – past and present.
- Small groups of fellows work closely with local Jewish community organizations on community impact projects. These projects provide an opportunity for creating deeper connections with Jewish leaders and organizations, tikkun olam, and experiential learning that reinforces leadership skills being taught in the workshops.
- Our hope is to be able to celebrate Jewish traditions and holidays such as Shabbat dinners, Hanukkah candle lighting, and longer Shabbaton weekend retreats. Holding the Shabbatons will be predicated on available funding to cover the fellow lodging and other costs associated with a weekend retreat experience.
- J Leaders collaborates with influential and innovative Jewish organizations such as Hillel, Moishe House, and local Jewish Federations and JCCs.