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Pirkei Avot 1:6: "Get yourself a teacher, find yourself a friend”

The JMentors Program is accepting applications for the 2025 mentorship cohort. The program kicks-off in January 2025.

The JMentors Program offers a 6-month mentee-driven mentorship program for Jewish young adults in the San Francisco Bay Area. The program provides personal, professional and career development through a mentorship experience with Jewish business and community leaders. This program is a collaboration between J Leaders and the Jewish High Tech Community (JHTC).

We invite you to apply today to be a mentee or mentor.

Apply to Be a Mentee or a Mentor

Application Deadline is October 17, 2024.

Why Mentorship Matters?

Mentorship is more than just transferring knowledge or skills. Mentoring unlocks personal and professional growth. It empowers us to learn, grow, and achieve our goals with a fresh perspective and renewed purpose. By building confidence and providing guidance through challenges, mentors help us navigate life’s journey and reach our full potential.

For Mentees

What is a mentee?

A mentee is an individual who receives guidance and support from a more experienced person, known as a mentor. The mentee seeks the mentor’s expertise and insights to enhance their personal or professional development. Mentees typically have less experience or knowledge in a specific domain and rely on their mentors to provide advice, share wisdom, and help them overcome challenges.

The mentor-mentee relationship is based on mutual trust, respect, and a shared commitment to learning and growth. While mentors offer their guidance and support, mentees actively seek knowledge, apply feedback, and learn from their mentor’s experiences.

Who is eligible to be a mentee?

All Jewish young adults – age 21 through 39 – who live and work in the Greater San Francisco Bay are eligible to apply to be a mentee.

How do mentors help me as a mentee?

  • Mentors promote growth and are excellent guides for personal and professional development.
  • Mentors are a source of knowledge. Based on their experience, mentors can provide advice on the proper path to success.
  • Mentors can influence goal setting and play a role in setting personal or professional development goals.
  • Mentors can support progress and help mentees stay focused on their goals.
  • Mentors motivate and instill confidence in their mentees. They provide encouragement to keep their mentees motivated. They also support mentees in getting over obstacles that hold them back.
  • Mentors could help in building professional networks by connecting mentees to experienced individuals.
  • Mentors are good sounding boards. They can provide unbiased advice by using their knowledge and experience to help the mentee evaluate potential ideas.
  • Mentors are trusted advisors. Trust is earned and is the core element of the relationships between the mentor and mentee. Trust is a two-way street. In a good relationship where trust is established, information is shared freely and ideas have a better chance in being fully evaluated.
  • Mentors can offer honest and unbiased feedback. They can identify strengths and weaknesses in a strategy or a plan and offer unbiased and objective remedies.
  • Mentors can help in setting guidelines to establish focus, purpose or direction.
  • Mentors can share successes and failures from their own journey and provide examples for the mentee to consider if they are following a similar path.
  • Mentors are valuable resources who guide mentees toward a meaningful and successful life. A mentor’s only motivation is their mentee’s success.

What’s the difference between a mentor and a coach?

Mentorship is a long-term commitment designed to help an individual navigate their personal and professional journey. A mentor shares their knowledge, skills and experience, to guide a mentee and help them develop and grow on a personal and professional level.

Coaching is a defined engagement to meet a specific need. A coach provides guidance to help an individual reach a defined goal and maximize their potential in a specific area.

For Mentors

What is a mentor?

A mentor is an experienced person who willingly shares their knowledge, skills, and expertise with a mentee. Mentors serve as trusted advisors, providing guidance, encouragement, and constructive feedback. They draw upon their own experiences and expertise in a particular field to support the mentee in making informed decisions, developing new skills, and achieving their goals.

The mentor-mentee relationship is based on mutual trust, respect, and a shared commitment to learning and growth. While mentors offer their guidance and support, mentees actively seek knowledge, apply feedback, and learn from their mentor’s experiences.

Who is eligible to be a mentor?

Experienced, values-driven, ethical, and successful Jewish business and community leaders are encouraged to apply to be mentors. While we expect most mentors to live or work in the San Francisco Bay, we welcome all qualified potential mentors to apply, regardless of your physical location. The increased capability of Zoom and other virtual meeting technologies allows for effective mentorship matches that span distance.

What can I expect to get out of being a mentor?

  • Build rapport with a young adult while improving your interpersonal and communication skills
  • Improve your leadership and management skills
  • Share and expand your knowledge and learn new perspectives
  • Expand your network
  • Feel accomplished and build positive recognition
  • Add to your resume and get a sense of fulfillment
  • Participate in a fantastic learning opportunity
  • Learn new perspectives and increase your confidence

What makes this Mentorship Program Special?

What’s the value with a mentee-driven mentorship program?

A mentee-driven mentorship program refers to a mentoring approach where the mentee takes an active role in driving their learning and development with the guidance and support of a mentor. This approach has several valuable benefits:

  1. Individualized Learning: A mentee-driven program allows mentees to focus on their specific needs, goals, and interests. They have the freedom to shape the direction of their learning, seeking guidance on areas they feel are most relevant and valuable to their personal and professional growth. This individualized approach can lead to a more tailored and effective learning experience.
  2. Empowerment and Ownership: By placing the mentee in the driver’s seat, a mentee-driven program promotes a sense of ownership and empowerment. Mentees become active participants in their own learning journey, taking responsibility for setting goals, identifying learning opportunities, and driving their progress. This sense of ownership can foster motivation, self-confidence, and a proactive mindset.
  3. Personalized Guidance: While mentors play a crucial role in providing guidance and support, a mentee-driven program recognizes that mentees have unique perspectives, experiences, and learning styles. Mentors can adapt their approach to cater to the specific needs and preferences of each mentee, providing personalized guidance that resonates with them. This personalized support can enhance the mentee’s learning experience and outcomes.
  4. Flexibility and Adaptability: A mentee-driven approach allows for flexibility and adaptability to changing circumstances and evolving goals. As the mentee’s needs and interests evolve over time, they can adjust the focus and direction of their mentoring relationship accordingly. This flexibility enables mentees to explore different areas, seek new challenges, and adapt their learning journey to align with their changing aspirations.
  5. Active Engagement and Reflection: In a mentee-driven program, mentees actively engage in the learning process, seeking knowledge, feedback, and insights from their mentors. This active engagement encourages mentees to reflect on their experiences, articulate their thoughts and ideas, and engage in meaningful discussions with their mentors. This reflective practice promotes deeper learning, critical thinking, and self-awareness.
  6. Mutual Learning and Growth: A mentee-driven program recognizes that mentoring is a two-way street. Mentees can contribute their unique perspectives, ideas, and experiences to the relationship, fostering mutual learning and growth. The mentor also benefits from the mentee’s active involvement, gaining fresh insights, staying connected to emerging trends, and broadening their own knowledge and skills.

Overall, a mentee-driven mentorship program empowers mentees to take control of their learning, tailors the mentoring experience to their specific needs, and promotes active engagement and personal growth. It recognizes the mentee as an active participant in the relationship, unlocking their potential and fostering a sense of ownership over their development.

What is the value of the mentor and mentee communities?

JMentors is facilitating mentor and mentee communities that provide a platform for socializing, creating new connections, sharing experiences and discussing topics of common interest and concern. The community strengthens the bond between participants, provides a learning platform for special interest groups and for exploring the history of mentorship in the Jewish culture. Together we evaluate the impact, efficiency and quality of the program and explore new avenues to interact and make an impact.

How do we match mentorship pairs?

J Leaders uses a J Leaders-developed and proprietary algorithm in determining optimal matches that as closely as possible aligns the interests, expertise, and goals of both the mentee and mentor. Before match pairs are finalized, we will ask the pair to hold a short initial exploratory meeting to meet their mentorship partner and determine if they want to move forward with this match. In the event that either the mentee and mentor do not want to move forward with this match, another match might be possible.

What’s the connection between mentorship and Judaism?

J Leaders was founded on the principle of “Impactful Leadership Development Illuminated by Jewish Wisdom”. While this mentorship program is not intended to be religious in nature, it is fundamentally based on the importance of using Jewish values and wisdom as guiding lights to living a successful and ethical life. Mentors are encouraged to bring in Jewish ethics as appropriate in support of the mentorship relationship.

What’s the timeline for the Program?

When does the program start and end? What are the program milestones?

  • Kick-off Meeting: Beginning of January
  • Mentor pairs begin meetings monthly or bi-monthly: January
  • Mid-Cycle Check-in Survey: March
  • Wrap-Up Meeting/End of Pregram: July

What’s the cost of the program?

The program is offered at no cost to either mentees or mentors. In the spirit of Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World), a voluntary donation to J Leaders would be gratefully appreciated to allow us to continue to offer this program, grow the program, and elevate other J Leaders programs.

What’s the time commitment for mentees and mentors?

Mentees and mentors can expect to spend between 3 to 5 hours a month, depending on the expectations and preferences of each pair.

Where do mentor pairs typically meet?

We advise – whenever possible – that the first meeting of mentorship pairs be in-person and at a public location. After the initial meeting, mentor pairs can choose to talk in-person or virtually. Most pairs decide to hold their conversations on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.

How do J Leaders and JHTC work together on delivering this program?

JHTC has run mentorship programs primarily to the Silicon Valley community for the past 7 years, and have provided a life-changing mentorship program to hundreds of Jewish young adults and experiences Jewish business and community leaders. Now, J Leaders and JHTC are working together to expand and deliver this mentorship program to the San Francisco Bay Area community.

Can I bring the J Leaders mentorship program to Synagogue or Jewish organization?

How can I bring mentorship to my SF Bay Area synagogue or Jewish organization?

J Leaders would be pleased to collaborate with synagogues and Jewish communal organizations interested in bringing the benefits of mentorship to their community. We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about partnering with J Leaders on mentorship. We’d appreciate the chance to learn more about your interests and talk. Please reach out to

Is the J Leaders Mentorship Program available outside of the San Francisco Bay Area?

J Leaders would be pleased to collaborate with other Jewish communities interested in bringing the benefits of mentorship to their Jewish young adult and experienced leader community. We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about partnering with J Leaders on mentorship. We’d appreciate the chance to learn more about your interests and talk. Please reach out to

Problem Resolution & Support for Current Program Participants

Problem Resolution & Support for Current Program Participants

Any current program participant who needs advice or help in resolving any issues related to the program are encouraged to contact Dan Abouav at