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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:

How To Apply

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2017. The online application can be found here. For full consideration, please apply by December 1, 2016. Priority deadline is February 1, 2017 and regular deadline is March 1, 2017.

Contact Paige Walker ( for more details or any questions.

Student and Alumni Profiles

  • Erica Golden

    Erica Golden

    Originally from Tampa, Florida, Erica Golden comes to JCLP by way of New Orleans. She received her M.S. in Psychology from Tulane University in May 2016. Erica also earned her B.S. in Psychology and Jewish Studies from Tulane in May 2015. While in New Orleans, she was an active member of the student executive board of Chabad at Tulane and was the after-school care coordinator for Torah Academy, a local Jewish day school's, preschool division.She also volunteered as a Crisis Counselor with ViaLink/211. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and received the Bernard Kaufman Essay Contest Award for best undergraduate Jewish Studies essay. Since March 2015 she has worked in Tulane's Child and Family Lab evaluating the impact of children's exposure to violence on social-emotional development and school readiness. As a JCLP student, Erica is excited to bring Jewish studies back into her academic sphere, explore the intersection of Judaism and social work, and continue to be an active member of the Jewish community.

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Alumnus Josh Kanter

Alumnus Josh Kanter talks about his experience at the U-M School of Social Work and the Jewish Communal Leadership Program.

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