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:



JCLP is accepting applications for Fall 2015. View the JCLP PDF detailing funding, program requirements, and how to apply.

Contact Andrea Siegel ( for more details.

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

Student and Alumni Profiles

  • Haviva Rome Greenbaum

    Haviva Rome Greenbaum

    Haviva Rome Greenbaum is from Tarzana, California, where she founded a Bnei Akiva chapter for Jewish youth while in high school. As a college student, she went on to lead informative workshops for teens about the current state of Israel on behalf of Bnei Akiva, following her experiences as a camper, counselor, and staff member for eight years at Camp Moshava in Wisconsin. Haviva majored in Psychology at Touro College, Lander College for Women, and served as a Resident Advisor. Her interest in social work was born primarily from volunteer experiences; at Nofei Yerushalaim Skilled Nursing Facility in Jerusalem she volunteered in the field of at-risk geriatric support, and at the Jewish Community Center Adaptations Program in New York she worked with fifty special needs young adults. Haviva's graduate field placement was at Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Washtenaw County in the Clinical and Community Services department. Through the JCLP Program, Haviva is looking forward to developing innovative and creative programming possibilities across Jewish denominations and multiple forms of Jewish affiliations, as well as pursuing her passion for clinical social work with the counseling and case management services provided at JFS.  She is Co-President of the Organization of Jewish Social Workers at the University of Michigan.

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JCLP Events

  1. 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.

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  2. 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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  3. An Open Door: Holocaust Rescue in the Philippines »

    November 22, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

    An Open Door: Holocaust Rescue in the Philippines

    The remarkable story of how President Quezon and Jewish networks created a haven for 1,300 Holocaust refugees, a number exceeding Schindler's List.

    The film, "An Open Door: Holocaust Rescue in the Philippines" will be shown and a discussion with Professor Sharon Delmendo of St. John Fisher College will follow.

    The Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the School of Social Work (CASC and JCLP), and The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies are co-sponsoring.

    Food will be provided.

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