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

  • Ariel Pearl-Jacobvitz

    Ariel Pearl-Jacobvitz

    Originally from Oakland, California, Ariel Pearl-Jacobvitz majored in psychology at American University in Washington DC. While in DC, she volunteered for Everybody Wins DC and interned with Leadership Initiatives, where she developed and led complex fundraising and lobbying projects. As a JCLP student, Ariel worked with Kadima, a Metro Detroit organization focused on services for those with mental illness. She also interned with JVS Detroit, working on career programming with the homeless individuals in Detroit. Ariel also helped to organize "What Is Jewish Detroit?" JCLP's 2012 Communal Conversation. She is now a Program Officer at The Covenant Foundation in New York City.

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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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