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 2014.  View the JCLP PDF detailing funding, program requirements, and how to apply.

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

Student and Alumni Profiles

  • P'ninah Kanai

    P'ninah Kanai

    P'ninah Kanai brings twenty years of experience in advertising and marketing creative and production management to the JCLP, having worked on accounts such as MTV, Verizon, Pfizer, Ford, Mazda, and the "Got Milk?" campaign. During that same time, she also owned an advertising and marketing company that catered to non-profit organizations. A graduate of Michigan State University with honors, she has taken extensive coursework at Parsons The New School of Design and the Association of Graphic Communications (both in New York City), as well as at the College for Creative Studies (in Detroit). Prior to her professional advertising career, P'ninah was the B'nai Brith Girls Director and the B'nai Brith Youth Organization Assistant Director for Michigan Region, as well as a Founding Board Member of YAD (Young Adult Division), Jewish Federation of Metro-Detroit. Now, she plans to use the opportunity of JCLP to strengthen her skills in management and development in order to help the Jewish community grow and thrive.

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JCLP Events

  1. JCLP 2014 Graduation »

    May 2, 2014 - 3:00pm

    Please Join in Celebrating the 2014 Graduates of the University of Michigan Jewish Communal Leadership Program

  2. 360 Degree Education Models in a Non-360 Degree World »

    February 23, 2014 - 4:00pm to 7:15pm

    4-5pm, Community Reception "Appetizers and Apps," sponsored by The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. Kosher hors d'oeuvres; find out about the latest Jewish education apps for adults and kids with volunteers from U-M Hillel's Jewish Engineering Association.

    5-7:15pm, Panel Topic: "360° Education Models in a Non-360° World"

    Can immersive Jewish settings like camps, day schools and Israel trips guarantee a Jewish future? What do the best of these programs achieve? What are the challenges of translating rich educational experiences into meaningful Jewish lives?

    Panel Moderator: Dr. Deborah Ball (Dean, U-M School of Education)

    Panelists: Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein (Exec. Dir., 14th St. Y in New York City); Dr. Marc Kramer (Exec. Dir. RAVSAK, The Jewish Community Day School Network); Amy Skopp Cooper (Assoc. Dir., Camp Ramah); Rabbi David Gedzelman (Exec. VP, The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life), Rabbi Paul Yedwab (Temple Israel, West Bloomfield), Tilly Shames (Exec. Dir., U-M Hillel)

    Note: the panel will also be webcast online for those who live outside the Metro Detroit area.

  3. We Support Detroit Schools Hosting Evening of Community Dialogue »

    December 9, 2013 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

    We Support Detroit Schools is hosting an evening of community dialogue with 9th graders from Cornerstone Charter Health High School at the School of Social Work.

    Since September, Cornerstone Charter Health High School students have been exploring the causes and effects of blight in their communities as part of a class project. The evening of the 9th, five students will present their research, participate in a Q&A panel, and engage with audience members in break-out, informal discussions. Their areas of focus include the decline of local economy, education, and the automotive industry; riots of 1967; and city government corruption.

    Doors open at 6 pm. Please RSVP below by December 1st as seating is limited and dinner will be served. Please direct any questions to Bobby Siporin (

    This event is being cosponsored by the Jewish Communal Leadership Program.

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    We sincerely hope you will join us in honoring CCHHS students and their work!

    All the best,
    We Support Detroit Schools

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