Bay Area Leadership Seminar Nominations Now Open


The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the inaugural Bay Area Leadership Seminar.

This seminar aims to strengthen the pipeline for Jewish leadership in the Bay Area by providing a high-level study experience rooted in Jewish texts that addresses the key challenges of Bay Area Jewish life. 

We are especially interested in supporting professionals working with emerging adults and young families (20s – 40s).

Please use this form to nominate someone for this seminar

While the Bay Area is a hub of Jewish creativity, it is also a Jewish community that is increasingly distanced from global Jewry and Israel. As Israel and Anti-Semitism continue to appear as totems in domestic political fights about nationalism and loyalty, addressing questions about Jewish power and vulnerability have emerged as significant challenges for Jewish leadership.
The seminar will bring together a select group of leaders from across the Bay Area for study on questions of Jewish Peoplehood and Israel. In recognition of the crucial role that these professionals play in the development of the next generation of Bay Area Jewish life, the seminar cultivates this select group of leaders to think in values-based terms about Israel and Jewish Peoplehood as core elements of Jewish life and provides them with a set of tools to foster substantive and compelling conversations about and relationships with Israel. The core curriculum of the seminar will be based on the Shalom Hartman Institute iEngage Project which focuses on articulating a new narrative for defining the relationship between Israel and world Jewry.


The program is open to Bay Area professionals in senior positions in their local communities: directors, assistant directors, clergy, and educators as well as regional staff for national organizations.

  • Applicants may possess any level of background and facility with traditional Jewish texts, but a strong interest in regular text-based learning is required.
  • Capacity (and future capacity) to lead within their organization and the broader community, especially in regard to cultivating a meaningful and thoughtful Judaism.
  • Demonstrated record of professional achievement.
  • Alignment with the mission and approach of the Shalom Hartman Institute  

Program Structure

  • Monthly Seminar with Shalom Hartman Institute faculty
  • 1-day long retreat in the Bay Area.
  • Free online access to iEngage curricular materials.

  Please use this form to nominate someone for this seminar

For questions or more information, please email Joshua Ladon , West Coast Director of Education


This project is supported by grants from the Koret Foundation and the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.  

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