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Boston Educational Leaders Cohort

Senior Jewish educational leaders exploring Jewish communal and moral leadership in times of crisis.

Boston Educational Leaders Cohort

Applications are now open for the Boston Educational Leaders Cohort, a partnership of the Shalom Hartman Institute and Combined Jewish Philanthropies to develop a cadre of Boston-area senior Jewish educational leaders who will contribute to an organizational and communal culture shift.

Jewish communal leadership – the individuals who lead the Jewish people, the work of leading, and the ideas and directions to which they lead our community – is of central importance to the Shalom Hartman Institute and Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Ideas and leaders are the twin engines that power Jewish life, and our principal goal is to optimize those engines.

This leadership cohort will build on Hartman learning models to:

  • Build a Jewish communal leadership network that can serve as advisors, support systems, and character witnesses when confronted with leadership challenges
  • Equip and support Jewish leaders in responding to issues facing the Jewish community and help them lead through times of crisis
  • Strengthen the communal context that fortifies Jewish leaders with the resources and capacities to teach, lead, and build community
  • Model respectful discourse that can be used in other settings


Cohort Structure:

This cohort of 10-15 Boston-area senior Jewish leaders will learn together between January 2020 – May 2021 over five Zoom sessions with Hartman faculty on the topic of “Moral Leadership in Times of Crisis.”  Sessions will engage with urgent questions raised or accelerated by the Covid-19 crisis.

Each session will include one hour of learning followed by 30 minutes of facilitated processing with Hartman and CJP staff focused on relating the learning to the needs and challenges of the greater Boston community.

Note: Attendance at all 5 sessions is mandatory. Should prior commitments preclude participation in a session, please contact Talia Graff.


This leadership opportunity is open to synagogue rabbis and senior educational directors as well as heads of Jewish day schools, in recognition of the crucial role these professionals play in the development of the next generation of Boston Jewish life.

Applications are due by November 13, 2020
Applicants will be notified of their acceptance on December 4, 2020

Questions regarding eligibility or terms of commitment? Contact Talia Graff, Director of Northeast Programming for Shalom Hartman Institute of North America.

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