Meet the 40 Board Members Chosen as Cohort 7 of the Board Member Institute
These volunteer leaders from Jewish nonprofits join a multi-generational, multi-denominational, multi-racial cohort, representing a variety of leadership trajectories.
Leading Edge is proud to announce the 40 board members at Jewish nonprofits who will join the seventh cohort of the Board Member Institute, the reimagined signature program of Boardified powered by Leading Edge. The program is delivered in partnership with Northwestern University’s Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management.
We’re excited to welcome a cohort of future-focused leaders who will, over the next 6 months and beyond, build the strategies and community they need to govern their organizations toward long-term success. Participants will engage with the curriculum and their cohort, and bring their insights back to their boards and communities.
We’re thrilled to support a group of volunteer leaders representing such a broad range of institutions, generations, identities, communities, and leadership journeys.
About Cohort 7: Key Facts
Leaders of Color. 20% of participants identify as Black/African American, Multiracial, Middle Eastern/North African, Hispanic/Latina/Latino/Latinx, or Native American/American Indian/Alaska Native/Indigenous Peoples.
Leadership across generations. The cohort includes an even split between Millennials, Generation X, and Baby Boomers.
Leadership journeys. 63% of the cohort have served more than 3 years as board leaders, including 18% who have served for more than 10 years.
Leaders of many institutions. Participants serve and lead in a range of local/regional, national, and international organizations, including:
- Human services organizations
- Day schools
- Religious organizations
- Youth engagement organizations
- Identity & engagement organizations
- Israel-related organizations
- Umbrella organizations
- And more!
- Aviva Ben-Choreen — Jewish Family Services Ottawa
- Ilene Berman — Valley Beth Shalom
- Effy Cohen — Chai Lifeline
- Gina Drangel — North American Board of URJ; Sing Unto God
- Rob Fainer, CIM® — Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA; Agence Ometz
- Daniel "Doni" Fogel — Jerusalem College of Technology
- Daniel Garden — Arie Crown Hebrew Day School
- Ruby Gelman — Camp Yavneh
- Allan Gordon Burstyn — Ida Crown Jewish Academy; Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School
- Rachael Gray-Raff, MSW MA — Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue
- Eric Greene — Jewish Multiracial Network; IKAR Los Angeles
- Shoshana Greenwald — Orthodox Leadership Project
- Dr. Gary Hoberman — Ida Crown Jewish Academy; Midwest Refuah Health Center
- Tamara B. Horwich, MD — UCLA Hillel
- Rabbi Raphael Jaworowski — Chicago Mitzvah Campaign
- Juliette Linzer — Jewish Community Center of the East Bay
- Danny Kaplan — Jewish Youth for Community Action (JYCA)
- Bekki Harris Kaplan — Camp Young Judaea Midwest
- Mara Kaplan Hahn — Jewish Community of Amherst
- Anna Kovinsky — Repair the World
- Rochelle Lerner — Cummings Centre; Federation CJA
- Nir N. Levy — Jewish Interest-Free Loan of Atlanta, Westview Community Organization
- Sara Loffman — Nazun; Challah Back Girls
- Absera Melaku — Avodah; Innovation80
- Janu Mendel — Jews of Color Initiative; Nazun
- Shelley Paris — Cummings Centre
- Rachel Patzik — Jewish Council for Youth Services
- Miriam Vale Peters — Congregation Machzikei Hadas, Ottawa Jewish Community School
- Mashi Polstein — CORE; Soul Purpose
- Tani Prell — The Union for Reform Judaism
- Jan C. Reicher — Jewish Community Relations Council Bay-Area
- Dr. Deitra Reiser — Jewish Federation of Greater Washington; Transform for Equity
- Marlo Rifici — Camp B'nai Brith of Ottawa
- Leslie Rosen Stern — Rochelle Zell Jewish High School
- Michelle Rosenthal — IKAR Los Angeles
- Marina Rostein — Jewish Women International
- Marc E. Sacks — Camp Ramah in Wisconsin
- Carrie Seleman — Jewish Women International
- Stacey Schefflin Slomka — Camp Ramah Darom
- Amy Spar — Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School
About the Board Member Institute
The Board Member Institute is the premier leadership development program for board members at Jewish nonprofits. A program of Boardified powered by Leading Edge, it is administered in partnership with Northwestern University’s Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management. It is taught by their faculty along with expert practitioners from the Jewish nonprofit sector.
Between November 2022 and March 2023, the volunteer leaders in Cohort 7 will learn, grow, and connect in both in-person and virtual sessions.
The curriculum includes:
- Board Roles & Responsibilities
- Cultivating Authentic Voices
- Jewish Values & Leadership
- The Board’s Role in Fundraising
- Leadership Succession
- Who Should Sit at Your Board Table?
- The Board as a Team
- Financial Health & Responsibilities
- Engaging Your Stakeholders
- Advancing Governance
- Leading Change
Each participant opted into one of these Affinity Groups:
- General Applied Learning
- Jews of Color
- Orthodox Leadership
- Safety, Respect, and Equity at Camp
- Women’s Leadership
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