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Information on this page is for Fall 2020 applicants. If you were admitted prior to Fall 2020 please click here to view information accurate to your curriculum.

Jewish Communal Leadership Program

The Jewish Communal Leadership Program, offered by the University of Michigan School of Social Work in partnership with the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, presents a distinctive educational opportunity for MSW students committed to helping Jewish communities meet 21st-century challenges while also addressing broader social concerns. Students combine study of community systems, theories of social change, and Jewish history and community, with training and experience in community organizing, non-profit management, dialogue facilitation, and coalition building within and across groups.

Approximately six incoming students will be selected to participate in the program each year. JCLP graduates currently serve in Jewish and nonsectarian organizations across the United States and abroad. Alumni are employed as chief executives, program developers, fundraising professionals, therapists, community outreach directors, and educators.

Program Funding

Nonresident Award: $47,000 total

Fall 2020 Winter 2020 Spring/Summer 2020 Fall 2021 Winter 2021
$10,000 $10,000 $7,000 $10,000 $10,000

Resident Award: $23,500 total

Fall 2020 Winter 2020 Spring/Summer 2020 Fall 2021 Winter 2021
$5,000 $5,000 $3,500 $5,000 $5,000

JCLP Course Options

  • Four-term Integrative Jewish Leadership Seminar
  • Contemporary Cultures in the United States
  • Planning for Organizational and Community Change
  • Training in Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation
  • Introduction to Jewish Civilizations and Culture
  • Modern Jewish Thought
  • Detroit: Race, Religion, and Ethnicity in the 20th Century
  • American Jews and Social Justice
  • The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East

Special Field Placements

JCLP students choose from a broad array of supervised fieldwork opportunities in local and national agencies. International summer placements via the University of Haifa are also available.

Program Requirements

  • The JCLP is a demanding five-semester (twenty month) program which combines MSW requirements, 15 credits of Judaic Studies, a four-semester professional development seminar, and involvement in community programming. Students benefit from close faculty advising and an extensive alumni network.
  • In consultation with JCLP's Director, students can select from various curricular pathways. The JCLP seminar and JCLP public programs focus on macro communal questions and concerns.
  • All students complete a Certificate in Jewish Communal Leadership.
  • Generally, JCLP field placements are two days a week during the first winter and second fall term, and four to five days a week during the spring/summer term. Some students pursuing national or international summer field placements will begin local field work during the first fall term. One-half of field placement credits must be with an agency within the Jewish community.
  • JCLP students can complete dual M.A. programs which are available in Jewish Studies, business, public policy and other fields.


  • All potential MSW students interested in the challenges and needs of 21st-century Jewish communities are invited to apply.
  • Application deadlines: December 1, 2019 (early application), February 1, 2020 (priority), March 1, 2020. To guarantee full consideration, please apply by the December 1 deadline. Applications received after December 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.
  • Deferred admits planning to enroll in fall 2020 must submit their special program application by November 1, 2019.
  • Your MSW application must be complete by the scholarship application deadline.
  • If you would like to apply to the Jewish Communal Leadership Program, then please answer "yes" to the question, "Do you plan to apply to an SSW Special Program?" found on the Financial Assistance page of the MSW online application and then select the Jewish Communal Leadership Program checkbox. The JCLP application pages will be added to the end of your online MSW application.
  • Call (734) 936-0961 if you are unable to submit the application via the online MSW application system.

JCLP staff are always happy to speak to potential applicants! For more information about the Jewish Communal Leadership Program and for application materials, visit JCLP’s website or contact the Office of Student Services at (734) 936-0961 or

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