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Jewish Communal Leadership Program

Prepared for Challenge, Poised for Change

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


How To Apply

Application materials for Fall 2016 are available now here. Application deadlines are December 1, 2015 (early application), February 1, 2016 (priority), and March 1, 2016. For full consideration, please apply by the December 1 deadline. 

Contact Paige Walker ( for more details.

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Student and Alumni Profiles

  • Jess Alper

    Jess Alper
    • Practice Method
      Management of Human Services
    • Practice Area
      Community and Social Systems

    Jess Alper works in California for Kaiser Permanente in OB/GYN and health communications. While in JCLP, she pursued a dual-degree program and graduated with both a MSW and MPH degree. Prior to her time at U-M, Jess spent four years in San Francisco managing health care service programs for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and teaching teens about gender and identity issues in a pluralistic Jewish education program. She was honored with the Elaine Bachrach Teaching Excellence Award as well as the San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum's LINK fellowship.

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