The Leadership Certificate
in Combating Antisemitism

Jewish leaders need to be equipped to respond to antisemitic incidents with strength, skill, and expertise. To be effective, they need training.

The Leadership Certificate in Combating Antisemitism is a new program for the executives of Jewish organizations. It was launched to fill this critical need.

We are accepting applications from professionals in leadership positions in North American Jewish organizations of all types, including social justice, social services, synagogues, advocacy, education, community relations, philanthropy, campus engagement, and interreligious partnerships.

Participants who complete this program will gain:

  • Broad knowledge of historical and current manifestations of antisemitism
  • A network of institutional leaders who can leverage each other’s talents, resources, relationships, and support
  • Skills in community engagement, risk assessment, and strategic philanthropy
  • Confidence in crisis communications and critical conversations
  • Insight into views of antisemitism outside the Jewish community to build interreligious bonds and cross-community alliances
  • An overview of the landscape of antisemitism and social media
  • A project or initiative developed for their own organization
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Gustavo Rymberg

The program was exciting, insightful, and powerful.

CEO, Hamilton Jewish Federation
Toronto, Ontario

Program Components

  • Real-time online training (two hours/week for eleven weeks)
  • Seminar at Spertus Institute’s downtown Chicago campus
  • One-on-one faculty advising on a project important in your own community
  • Courses combine theory and practice
  • Course content includes case studies and experiential learning

Program Dates for Cohort 3

The program consists of 8 online sessions (all held on Mondays from 6 to 8 PM CT) plus a five-day in-person seminar at Spertus Institute’s downtown Chicago campus.

Online Sessions Block 1 (6-8 PM CT)
Monday, August 5
Monday, August 12
Monday, August 19
Monday, August 26

On-Site In-Person Seminar
Sunday, September 15, 2024 through Thursday, September 19, 2024

Online Sessions Block 2 (6-8 PM CT)
Monday, October 7
Monday, October 14
Monday, October 21

Online Program-Culminating Session (6-8 PM CT)
Monday, December 16, 2024

Eileen Freed

The program provided me with tools and language to more effectively communicate with my community about the ways in which we are addressing antisemitism. I met outstanding colleagues who can serve as thought partners in our work.

Executive Director
Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI


The total cost of the program is $1,500 which includes tuition, lodging, and meals during seminar hours. Travel to Chicago is not included. This cost is substantially underwritten — from a total cost of $6,500 — due to special funding secured for this important program.

Next Step

Click the button below to make an appointment to talk to Amie Barrish, Assistant Director for Recruitment, to find out if the Leadership Certificate in Combating Antisemitism is right for you.

Contact Amie Barrish

Ready to apply?

Application Dates

March 15, 2024 — Preferred Admission Deadline ($50 application fee waived)

May 15, 2024 — Final Application Deadline

Admission Information & Application

Jon Warech

I am leaving this program with knowledge that will make me a better leader on campus and in the community in the fight against hate.

Executive Director, Hillel at Florida International University
Miami Beach, FL