The Jewish Federation of the East Bay is proud to provide quality Leadership and Professional Development for our dynamic East Bay Jewish volunteers and professionals. Driven by the generosity of The Richard Lesser Memorial Symposium for Synagogue Leadership Fund, we strive to design and create opportunities for individuals to learn the essentials of Jewish leadership by gaining access to the valuable educational resources of our local community. We are also proud to provide professional development and networking opportunities for our Jewish communal professionals, educators and clergy.
The Jewish Community Foundation raised the financial resources needed to enable this important leadership program to take place in the East Bay. The Wexner Heritage Program, sponsored in part by the Wexner Foundation, is designed to educate Jewish communal leaders and expand their leadership vision so that they may serve their communities with enhanced Jewish authenticity, confidence and effectiveness. We look forward to the leadership our 20 Wexner Fellows will provide our East Bay Community.
The East Bay Jewish Teen Foundation trains teens to become hands-on leaders, change-makers, and philanthropists. Through a Jewish lens and a teen empowerment model, where teens facilitate the board meetings, work by consensus, raise tens of thousands of dollars, and grant nonprofit organizations locally and around the world. This past year alone, the 23 East Bay board members raised and granted over $38,000 to nonprofits in the East Bay and Israel. Over the nine years since the EBJTF began, teens have raised and granted a total of nearly $300,000 to well-deserving non-profit organizations at home and abroad.