About BJLI


BJLI Info Sheet

BJLI Info Sheet

Nomination Form


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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BGI kicks off the Brandeis Jewish Leadership Incubator


Brandeis Jewish Leadership Incubator (BJLI), a pilot 12-month professional development fellowship for Russian-speaking Jewish (RSJ) communal professionals, is off to a strong start after a 4-day opening seminar that took place on the Brandeis University campus in early January 2015. BJLI, envisioned by the Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry in partnership with the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program, 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 exists with the support from the Genesis Philanthropy Group and the Jim Joseph Foundation.

14 outstanding RSJ professionals were selected to become BJLI fellows after a rigorous application process. They represent a broad range of Jewish communal organizations from all over United States – Jewish Federations, foundations, social services agencies, JCCs and museums. “This opportunity couldn't be more fitting for my professional aspirations and my personal commitment to the community I belong to and serve”, said Juliya Sheynman, Annual Campaign Manager at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

The opening seminar tackled important questions of identity and ethics, organizational strategy and Jewish history, management and communication in a fully immersive and thought provoking environment. Fellows grappled with dilemmas facing the contemporary Jewish community while strengthening their managerial skills and Jewish knowledge. They left the seminar invigorated and inspired to take on new challenges at their respective organizations and communities. “The seminar connected our heritage and unique visions for the American Jewish community with established professional practices, standards and skills necessary to succeed and be effective leaders in our community”, said Ilya Bratman, BJLI fellow and the Executive Director of Hillel at Baruch College.