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Certificate in Jewish Leadership for Educators

Certificate in Jewish Leadership for Educators

Certificate in Jewish Leadership for Educators

For Senior-Level Educators Serving
Jewish Organizations of All Types

Begins January 2019
Application period opens September 20, 2019

Presented by Spertus Institute in partnership with Northwestern University, this new certificate program is for educators working across the Jewish educational spectrum. 

Participants learn to lead with authenticity, collaborate across institutions and communities, effectively communicate their educational vision, and lead schools and organizations through times of change.

Due to the generous support of the Jim Joseph Foundation, the cost of the entire program—including travel and hotel accommodations— is $1,000. 

Together with a cohort of experienced colleagues serving Jewish communities worldwide, participants learn to:

  • Strengthen their own leadership styles
  • Communicate and collaborate within and across organizations, even in difficult situations
  • Manage change
  • Inspire excellence
  • Achieve goals

To make participation available to participants worldwide, the program is presented through a combination of online content and onsite seminars at the Spertus Institute campus in Chicago (one seminar in the fall, one in the spring). Taught by senior Northwestern University and Spertus Institute faculty, the program concludes with one-on-one mentoring sessions with established community leaders. 

The full cost of the program is $2,500. This includes the Leadership Assessment and Mentor Match, but does not include travel or accommodations. Scholarship opportunities may be available for qualified employees of Jewish organizations. Inquire to find out more.

This is a selective enrollment program. Applicants should have five or more years of professional experience, a bachelor's degree or the equivalent, and a strong commitment to developing and fulling their professional potential. 

Interested in finding out if this program is right for you?

Request Information

Or contact Director of Enrollment Anita Silvert

Chicago seminars take place
October 28-30, 2018 and March 3-5, 2019 

The curriculum is a four-course sequence, followed by capstone conversation and one-on-one mentorship. Participants proceed through the curriculum as a cohort, which provides opportunities for peer learning and networking.

About Northwestern University

  • Preeminent university recognized internationally as a hallmark of academic excellence.
  • Provides students with exceptional opportunities for intellectual, professional, and personal growth.
  • Instructors bring outstanding academic credentials and relevant professional experience to the classroom to create a highly interactive, collaborative, and challenging learning environment.
  • Students study with peers who have rich, diverse backgrounds and can provide lifelong learning connections.

About Spertus Institute

  • Long and rich history of innovative programming that serves the needs of Jewish educators and communal professionals.
  • Outstanding, diverse, and non-denominational offerings are multifaceted, grounded in Jewish thought, inspired by Jewish values, and resolutely relevant to contemporary life.
  • Graduate-level degree programs, professional certificates, and workshops blend theory and practice and are taught by leading faculty with real-world experience.
  • Serves students around the globe through on-campus and distance-learning programs.

Learning Outcomes

To earn the certificate, participants must complete all four modules and the capstone. Participants who complete the certificate program will be able to:

  • Analyze, explain, and model what it means to be an effective leader by drawing upon Jewish scholarship, classical texts, and best practices
  • Apply ethical principles based on Jewish traditions into daily leadership practices
  • Demonstrate an understanding of key qualities of effective leadership based on contemporary leadership theory
  • Develop a repertoire of supervisory, conflict resolution, and change management skills
  • Implement strategies and techniques for effective collaboration, team building, and communication
  • Synthesize what is learned in this program to solve problems within the organization(s) with which the participant works


What Participants Say


“Provided both theoretical and practical underpinnings to help me bolster my ability to communicate and leverage my strength as part of a team. I see the program as essential to my advancement as a professional.”
— Jane Charney, Director of Domestic Affairs, Jewish Community Relations Council

I have been able to take what I learned in each class and use it to enhance the work I do professionally.”
— Michael Waitz, North American Director, Shorashim

“...taught me to be more effective as a leader.”
— Sheri Hokin, Trustee, Jewish Women's Foundation

“I strongly recommend this program to lay and professional leaders in the Jewish community.”
— Shalom Klein, Vice President, Moshe Klein and Associates and Director, Jewish B2B Networking

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This program has been developed for established and emerging leaders (including lay leaders) of Jewish organizations.

To date, we have served leaders of organizations focused on social service, philanthropy, education, culture, and advocacy.

We have found that newly promoted managers and directors — and the organizations they serve — have much to gain from this program.

Consultants and professionals working outside the Jewish community will also find the program offers benefits to their work through its focus on best practices in a Jewish context.


Mentoring is a unique and essential aspect of this program.

Each CJL Fellow is assigned a professional mentor who has extensive senior-level Jewish leadership experience. Mentors work closely with Fellows to identify areas for professional growth, discuss professional challenges, and help foster professional application of the program's content.

Mentors to date have included:

  • Audra Berg, Associate Vice President of Leadership and Campaign, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Greg Gross, President & CEO, Michael Reese Health Trust
  • Stefen Teodosic, Executive Director, Beber Camp
  • Jill Weinberg, Midwest Regional Director, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Mark Weiner, President and CEO, Council for Jewish Elderly (Chicago)
  • Laura Kaufman, CEO, Partners in Effective Philanthropy 
  • Leslie Rosen Stern, Managing Director, Meeting Your Mission
  • Dr. Marc Swatez, Executive Director, The ARK
  • Gary Weinstein, President and CEO (retired), Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas

Program supported by

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