20 leaders of Jewish nonprofits will learn and connect to meet the challenges of 2023 and beyond
July 13, 2022 – Leading Edge announced 20 senior leaders of Jewish nonprofits who will inaugurate the Leading Executives program. From September 2022 to February 2023, these leaders will receive leadership training, coaching, and opportunities to connect and support each other. Upon completion of the program, they will join the growing network of former Jewish nonprofit leaders who have completed the Leading Edge Executive programs.
The successor to the CEO Onboarding Program, one of Leading Edge’s original flagship offerings, Leading Executives expands on the core elements of this program, while streamlining the experience to deliver it to more leaders, more frequently.
Jeremy Anderson, executive director of Judaism Your Way in Denver, is one of the selected leaders.
I am incredibly honored and thrilled to be selected for this inaugural cohort of senior executives. Judaism Your Way has evolved through the pandemic to deepen connections in our local Colorado communities while expanding to serve people across the country and even the world! Having this opportunity to grow as a leader while learning from others across the country is exciting. I expect to enhance my wheelhouse of knowledge, tools, resources and connections to lead Judaism Your Way, which will allow us to better serve our local Jewish community and our global audience of thousands who seek a connection to Jewish life.
– Jeremy Anderson
The following leaders will participate in the first cohort of senior executives:
- Jeremy Anderson, Judaism Your WayDenver CO
- Audra Berg, Broward County Jewish Federation
- Jeff Bicher, Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA
- Alexandra Corwin, Ammud: Torah Academy of Colored Jews
- Beth Gendler, Jewish Community Action
- Brady Gill, Jewish Youth for Community Justice
- Rabbi Megan GoldMarch, Tribe 12
- Nora Gorenstein, Western Massachusetts Jewish Federation
- Shaun Hoffman, JDC Entwine
- Nehemia Ichilov, San Antonio Jewish Federation
- Rabbi Shirley Idelson, Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University
- Shuli Karkowsky, Moving Traditions
- Erik Ludwig, Jewish Federation of Orange County
- Michelle W. Malkin, Ner Tamid Temple
- Daniella HarPaz Mechnikov, Yad Ezra
- Serena Oberstein, Jewish World Observatory
- Jennifer Phillips, Keshet
- Gail Schulman, Jewish Family and Children’s Service (Boston)
- Marc Swatez, Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis
- Allison Zeff, Detroit Jews for Justice
Leading Edge research on the experience of Jewish nonprofit leaders shows that CEOs of Jewish organizations are extremely proud to lead their organizations, interested and challenged in their work, and positive in their assessments of their relationships with their boards and their leadership teams, but often feel less confident in areas such as creating and sustaining a great corporate culture, inspiring the board, and managing their organizations at through significant changes. Leading Edge data also reveals that leaders consider connecting with other leaders to be one of the most valuable factors contributing to their success. As one Leading Edge executive programming alum recently put it, “Because of Leading Edge, when I’m alone as CEO, there’s always someone I can call.”
The second cohort of senior executives will run from January to June 2023 and will meet in person April 16-19 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Application information for this cohort will be available in November 2022. To be sure to see this information when it is released, sign up for the Leading Edge newsletter at https://www.leadingedge.org/contact us/.