Professional Development

The Institute for Jewish Executive Leadership

Successful executive directors, CEOs, and c-suite executives are the driving force behind high-performing organizations.

They solve complex problems, create opportunity, and consistently deliver on mission — even in unpredictable conditions. The challenges of the past pandemic year have highlighted how much has been needed and expected from those in leadership roles.

That’s why UJA believes it’s critical for executive leaders to continually upgrade their leadership and management abilities. Staying on the cutting edge of leadership skills, business management acumen, and reflective practice makes it possible to best meet today’s leadership challenges.


New York based CEOs, executive directors, and c-suite executives in any of UJA’s New York network of nonprofit partners, (including synagogues, day schools, startups, etc.) are invited to apply to The Institute for Jewish Executive Leadership (IJEL).

IJEL is offered in conjunction with the Columbia Business School’s Social Enterprise program and is taught primarily by their faculty. It combines the latest research on best practices with proven teaching quality.

Peer learning is core to the program, plus a blend of lectures, small group activities, coaching, role-playing, and simulations. Interactive sessions and small-group work stretch abilities and test assumptions.

Through this program, you will learn the framework and tools you need to meet the challenges you face not only today, but in the future.

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