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Class of 2016

About BJLI

BJLI Info Sheet

BJLI Info Sheet

BJLI Curriculum

BJLI curriculum emphasizes core management and leadership skills in the context of the Jewish intellectual thought, as well as historical and contemporary issues of the Russian-speaking and American Jewish communities.
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BJLI Schedule

The fellowship combines distance learning with residential seminars at Brandeis University and in New York City along with an overseas mission.
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BJLI Faculty

BJLI courses and modules are taught by prominent faculty and leading practitioners from major Jewish communal organizations throughout the world.
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Brandeis Jewish Leadership Incubator

The Brandeis Jewish Leadership Incubator is a 12-months fellowship that strives to nurture a cadre of effective Russian-speaking Jewish communal professionals, fortified by superior management skills, Jewish knowledge, systematic understanding of the Russian-speaking and American Jewish communities, and commitment to the future of the Jewish people. The fellowship combines distance learning with residential seminars at Brandeis University and in New York City along with an overseas mission.

The incubator helps fellows:

  • Advance their professional careers in the Jewish communal field
  • Enhance their skills in strategic management, marketing, fundraising, finance and operations
  • Develop leadership skills based on Jewish values, strong professional ethics and an understanding of the global Jewish communal landscape
  • Deepen their knowledge of the American Jewish community, its history, challenges and structure and expand knowledge of Russian Jewry in contemporary and historical contexts
  • Develop new connections with senior-level professionals and lay leaders in the Jewish communal field

The program is administered by the Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry (BGI) in partnership with Brandeis University’s Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. The program is funded by the Genesis Philanthropy Group and the Jim Joseph Foundation.

Eligibility and Application Process:

The program is designed for Russian-speaking professionals with up to five years of experience working at Jewish communal organizations in the U.S. and Canada. Up to fifteen fellows will be accepted into the first cohort, with the goal of representing organizations from across North America and from a wide range of Jewish communal institutions.

The BJLI program is highly selective and all candidates go through a rigorous application and interview process. Fellows are selected by the Admissions Committee, comprised of the BJLI staff and faculty. Selection criteria include professional promise, commitment to the Jewish communal field, academic achievement and leadership potential.

The application process for the BJLI class' 16 is closed. Application guidelines for the next BJLI cohort will be available in the next few months. If you have any questions or need additional information please contact Veronica Price, BJLI Program Manager,

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the cost of the program?
The program tuition is $500, and is covered by the employer/nominating organization, not the applicant. This cost includes travel and accommodation expenses. Please note, the actual cost of the program per participant is over $25,000 and is generously subsidized by a grant from the Genesis Philanthropy group and the Jim Joseph Foundation. See website for more details.

Who can nominate me for the program?
Prospective fellows can be nominated by a member of the executive leadership team at the organization where they are currently employed. The nomination form is available here and should be submitted by September 18, 2014. Once the nomination form is received, additional application instructions will be sent directly to the nominee. An applicant may not apply directly until he/she is nominated. It is important for us to partner with each organization in selecting the right candidate and offer him/her the support necessary from both sides, in order to successfully complete the program. As a potential applicant we encourage you to bring the fellowship to the attention of your organization’s executive leadership.

What if I change jobs while being in the program?
Fellows are expected to remain at their organizations for the extension of the program. We request this because each fellow’s participation is partially funded by their employer.

What are my commitments as a fellow?
BJLI fellows are expected to participate in all elements of the program as outlined in the BJLI schedule. Successful fulfillment of assignments include participation in 3 on-site seminars, overseas mission, 1 hour per week of active online learning, varied time spent on homework and group projects. We estimate and request that fellows allot 5 hours per week to the program so as to meet the objectives of each course and assignment. Whereas most of the work will be around your schedule, you must allow for flexibility around group projects, be ready to work mid work day, submit homework in a timely manner, and dedicate a set 1 hour per week to live webinar.

I work part-time, can I participate in the BJLI?
The BJLI is designed for professionals employed full time at Jewish communal institutions. If you work part-time and would still like to participate in the program please contact us via email.

Are there minimum education requirements to participate in the BJLI?
Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree in any field. Applicants may not be full or part time students while participating in this program.

What certificate or diploma may I expect at the end of this program?
BJLI graduates receive a certificate of completion on behalf of the Brandeis University.

My question is not answered here, who can I contact?
Please contact Veronica Price, BJLI Program Manager, at