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

  • Emily White

    Emily White

    Emily White is interested in supporting the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual lives of adolescents. She served as a teacher and mentor for Jewish teens for fourteen years at Oak Park Temple in the metro Chicago area. Emily graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in art, media and design. While a student at the University of Montana, she was co-founder and President of the Hillel. In JCLP, Emily hopes to strengthen her skills for working with teens and to enhance her knowledge of wider issues of leadership and engagement in Jewish education. She also hopes to learn methods of intertwining Jewish history with the Jewish present as a tool for education.  Her graduate field placement was at Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit, where she worked with Mentor Connection serving Oakland County Youth in community and career mentoring.

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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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