Third Cohort of the Leadership Institute to Begin in January 2011

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

June 3, 2010, New York, NY

The third cohort of the Leadership Institute for Congregational School Educators (LICSE) will begin in January 2011. This trans-denominational program is jointly sponsored by The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR).

The Leadership Institute was established in 2005 to enhance educational leadership in Reform, Reconstructionist, and Conservative congregations in New York, Long Island, Westchester, and the greater metropolitan area (including New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania), and is fully funded by UJA-Federation of New York. Guided by the vision of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of JTS and the New York School of Education at HUC-JIR, the program is organized around the three pillars of leadership, pedagogy, and Judaica.

During the cohort’s two-and-a-half year span, participants will engage in symposia, summer sessions, and a ten-day seminar in Israel. These courses are devoted to topics such as educational research, vision, culture, curriculum and instruction, family and group dynamics, organizational change, and lay-professional relationships. Each participant will also be assigned a personal mentor.

Congregational school leaders need a minimum of two years of experience running a congregational school to apply.

The UJA-Federation of New York has awarded a grant of nearly $2 million dollars to support this initiative. Participants will be given a $1,500 stipend to pursue an individualized learning plan, and an additional $2,000 will be granted to each congregation to develop professional learning for faculty. Another partner is BJE/SAJES, which will support innovation and learning in congregational schools. In addition, the Leadership Institute is working with the Foundation for Jewish Camps to explore the role of informal education in camps.

For more information about the Leadership Institute organization, please visit or You may also contact Dr. Evie Rotstein, Project Director, or Beth Lutzker, Program Associate, directly at (212) 824-2299,, or