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:

 

Apply

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

Contact Andrea Siegel (ansiegel@umich.edu) for more details.

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

Student and Alumni Profiles

  • Avital Ostfield

    Avital Ostfield

    Raised in the Twin Cities, Avital Ostfield attended the University of Oregon in Eugene, where she combined a major in Family and Human Services with a minor in Judaic Studies.  Avital was active in multiple capacities on the Hillel board at Oregon’s Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, with responsibility for programming, budgeting, and outreach to the broader Jewish community. Her involvement in local schools in Eugene included leading a major fundraiser for a school serving an at-risk student population.  For the two years prior to graduate school, Avital taught in the Detroit public schools as a Teach for America corps member. She was participated in the Samburg and Schusterman Foundations’ Reality Israel Experience in the summer of 2011. Avital completed the Jewish Communal Leadership Program and her masters in social work with the goal of balancing and combining her commitments to Jewish community and the broader society. She spent her time in the program with field placements at the National Council of Jewish Women/Greater Detroit Section as well as Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit. She was the Co-President of the Organization of Jewish Social Workers at the University of Michigan. Avital recently began her new position as the Director of Congregational Services at Temple Beth Emeth, an Ann Arbor Reform synagogue.

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JCLP Events

  1. JCLP Annual Community Welcome Breakfast »

    September 5, 2014 - 8:00am to 9:30am

    Please join us in welcoming our students to the Jewish Communal Leadership Program (JCLP)! Questions? Contact Andrea Siegel: ansiegel@umich.edu.

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  2. JCLP 2014 Graduation »

    May 2, 2014 - 3:00pm

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

  3. 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.

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