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Leadership Development

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. 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.

Nachshon Leadership Development Initiative

The Jewish Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation are pleased to have launched the Nachshon Leadership Development Initiative this fall, in partnership with the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. This six session series is designed to offer a chance to study traditional Jewish texts, develop new friendships and help shape the direction of Jewish life in the East Bay through leadership involvement. Through engaging conversations with world-class scholars on contemporary Jewish issues, Nachshon will enable nearly forty community members to access a richer and more comprehensive approach to meeting the challenges of Jewish organizational leadership.

Participants are exploring the following topics:

  • The Challenge of Modern Jewish Identity: Individual and Community
  • The Challenge of Communal Diversity: What is Pluralism?
  • The Challenge of Boundaries: Who’s In and Who’s Out?
  • The Challenge of Jewish Particularism: Jews and Non-Jews
  • The Challenge of Public Discourse: The Use of Words
  • The Challenge of Israel: From Crisis to Covenant
  • Our Nachshon participants include members of our
    Community Impact Committee, as well as:

    Midori Antebi Kimberlee MacVicar
    Paul Antebi Gadi Meir
    Tamar Fendel Donna Meir
    Ilana Friedkin Daniel Schifrin
    Steve Goldman Rebecca Skiles
    Mellisa Heller Aaron Skiles
    Leo Hmelnitsky Rahel Smith
    Annie Kantor Michael Sosebee, Chair
    Jason Kantor Jessica Waggoner
    Janna Lipman Weiss, Chair  

    Teen Foundation

    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.

    Learn more about the Teen Foundation