Jewish Communal Leadership Program

Prepared for Challenge, Poised for Change

The University of Michigan's Jewish Communal Leadership Program (JCLP) offers a distinctive educational opportunity for emerging leaders committed to helping Jewish communities meet 21st-century challenges while also addressing broader social concerns.

The JCLP is a five-semester program conducted over 20 consecutive months:



Application materials for Fall 2016 and information detailing funding, program requirements, and application will be available in early Fall 2015.

Contact Paige Walker ( for more details.

JCLP students Sarah McEwan and Max Glick with Mira Sussman at JCLP 2013 Community Welcome Breakfast

Student and Alumni Profiles

  • Sarah McEwan

    Sarah McEwan

    Sarah McEwan graduated summa cum laude from Marian University in Indianapolis where she majored in psychology and theology and minored in global studies and rhetoric. As a San Damiano scholar, Sarah devoted hundreds of hours toward working with various community organizations throughout Indianapolis, particularly a local refugee resettlement agency. Sarah has acquired extensive volunteer experience in a variety of cultures and settings. As a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, she worked for a year at St. Margaret’s Shelter for Women in connection with Catholic Charities of Spokane, Washington. Afterward, she spent a year working with Native American students at St. Paul’s Mission Grade School on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Hays, Montana. As part of JCLP, she helped coordinate the Mitzvah Day efforts at Temple Beth Emeth in Ann Arbor as well as assist with the food pantry and resource management through Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County. To further her studies during the summer semester, Sarah traveled to India to work with the Tibetan community in Dharamsala before returning in the fall to a placement at Catholic Social Services as a case manager. She aspires to model cross-cultural sensitivity within the context of faith-based professional work with the goal to “lift the most vulnerable and to serve those with the least.”

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JCLP Events

  1. JCLP Community Welcome Breakfast »

    September 3, 2015 - 8:00am to 9:30am

    Please join us in welcoming our students to the Jewish Communal Leadership Program (JCLP)! This annual event is a great opportunity to connect incoming and returning JCLP students with community members over breakfast and thoughtful conversation. Questions? Contact Paige Walker:

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  2. JCLP 2015 Graduation »

    May 1, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

    Please join us as our second-year students graduate from JCLP. The 2015 guest speaker is Or Mars, Director of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship / Davidson Scholars Program.

  3. Maggid: Stories of the Present Day Jew »

    March 15, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

    The Jewish Communal Leadership Program (JCLP) warmly invites you to the 2015 Communal Conversation. This year's theme is community storytelling, featuring local community members.  Andrew Lustig, nationally-known Jewish slam poet, will also join us for this interactive, inspiring evening. Food will be served.

    Additional featured speakers and storytellers:

    Arthur Horwitz - President and founder of the Detroit Jewish News Kaye White - Toy designer, mother of Jewish kids, lifelong hippie  Karen Rosenstein - Past Coordinator of JARC Judaic and Spiritual Care Haya Bar Yitzhak - Schusterman Professor in Israeli Studies, Director of the Israel Folktale Archives at the University of Haifa Shira Schwartz - Bold and bright PhD candidate in comparative literature at U-M

    This event is cosponsored by University of Michigan's Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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