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The J Leaders Academy

Impactful Leadership Development Illuminated by Jewish Wisdom

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Connect with Exceptional Jewish Young Professionals

The J Leaders Academy has been specifically designed for Jewish young professionals in their 20s and 30s.  The Academy is meaningful, life-changing, impactful and fun. One of the most valuable aspects of this six month program are the life-long friendships developed with other fellows through a variety of engaging and immersive learning activities.

Hear from World-Class Leadership Experts

The Academy curriculum was developed by leadership experts. Fellows engage directly with prominent business and community leaders throughout the program. Fellows will hear personal stories of how they achieved success, and how being a mensch was not an afterthought, but rather an integral reason for their success.

Become a Member of the J Leaders Community

Upon their graduation, Academy fellows are invited to join the J Leaders alumni program. Alumni activities include a one-on-one mentorship with experienced Jewish leaders, mentor roundtables, and community shabbat dinners.

The Best of Both Worlds: In-Person & Virtual

The J Leaders Leadership Academy is a blended learning program that combines cohort-based face-to-face and virtual learning. The 2022-23 J Leaders Academy is a six month program which includes two Shabbaton weekend retreats, an all-day Sunday retreat, and eight virtual sessions. Both retreats will be held at the beautiful Mount Madonna Center, located in the Santa Cruz mountains with a view of the Monterey Bay.

The J leaders Academy program is designed in three cascading phases:

  • Fall – Personal Empowerment
  • Winter – Building & Leading High Performance Teams
  • Spring – Being a Force for Good in an Organization & the World
  • Arnnon Geshuri, Chief People Officer at Teladoc Health, Former Vice President of Human Resources, Tesla

In designing the J Leaders Academy curriculum, we have been intentional about defining desired outcomes related to professional skill development and Jewish engagement. (outcomes).

J Leaders Academy 2022 Fall Retreat Video Overview

Illuminated by Jewish Wisdom

Jewish wisdom and culture are woven into the fabric of the entire J Leaders Academy experience. However you define and express your Jewish identity, you are welcome. The 2022-2023 Silicon Valley cohort will be co-facilitated by Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia, Senior Director of Collaborative Leadership and Jewish Engagement at Jewish Silicon Valley. <For More>

Small Groups & Community Impact Projects

The J Leaders’ small groups process uses project-based learning to re-enforce Academy concepts and skills for fellows. Small groups are a critical component of the Academy. Small groups of 4-5 will select their own a community impact project.  The small groups do most of their work on their project outside of regular Academy sessions. Small groups will present their capstone presentations as part of the commencement session.

What J Leaders Academy

Fellows are saying ….

“Being a part of the Leadership Academy has given me the opportunity to learn from the best of the best. It has also connected me with an amazing cohort of peers. I have no doubt that these friendships will follow me for years to come.”

Abigail Gavens

2020-2021 Academy Fellow

“The J Leaders Academy was an incredible experience for me. I loved everything that I learned about leadership skill development, but what I appreciate most were the connections I made with the other fellows in the program.”

Marla Goodman

2021-2022 Academy Fellow

“While the leadership skills training was certainly well executed, it was the community that the Academy fostered that I most appreciated. The Academy provided a sense of cohesion during a time of distancing and disconnection, and for that, I’m very grateful.”

Ashleigh Golden

2021-2022 Academy Fellow

“The retreat alone was worth the tuition cost.”

Yale Friend

2021-2022 Academy Fellow

“I was craving what it offered- meaningful conversation and interacting with other Jewish young adults.”

Andrew Gelman

2020-2021 Academy Fellow

“The J Leaders Academy reinforced the importance of aligning what I believe with what I do.”

Michelle Bogen

2020-2021 Academy Fellow

“The Academy exceeded my expectations. I was always excited to join meetings. The facilitators did a great job facilitating dialogue and helping us make connections- the breakouts, havruta buddies, the small group projects…. I got to know other fellows on a much deeper level.”

Michaela Kastelman

2021-2022 Academy Fellow

Community Partnerships:  Bring The J leaders Academy to your Area

One of guiding principles of J Leader’s is partnering with other Jewish organizations towards are our shared vision of empowering and engaging Jewish young adults through values-based leadership development. We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about bringing The J Leaders’ Leadership Academy to your community. For more information on bringing the Academy to your area, please contact us.