Meet BJLI Fellows


Class of 2016


About BJLI

BJLI Info Sheet

BJLI Info Sheet


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

Core Learning Modules

Strategic Management
This course will introduce students to concepts and analytical tools used in private and nonprofit sectors that help increase organizational effectiveness, maximize impact and streamline processes. The course equips students with tools and techniques to effectively manage large scale projects and lead nonprofit organizations.
Using experiential and problem-solving approach, upon course completion fellows will be able to utilize analytical frameworks and metrics and apply them in a strategic planning process as well as daily management situations.

Financial Management
The purpose of this module is to introduce fellows to the fundamentals of financial management for nonprofit and public organizations, explore key concepts and analytical tools used in financial decision-making. This course will help fellows acquire knowledge and understanding of operating budgets and break-even analysis, cost allocation and variance analysis, income and cash flow statements that will help them manage complex projects.
Upon course completion fellows will be able to prepare and analyze financial statements, assess organization’s financial health, and plan and create elaborate program budgets.

Strategic Philanthropy and Fundraising
This course will provide fellows with an understanding of the fundamental concepts of resource development in the context of American philanthropy. It will explore the role of private philanthropy in the management of non-governmental organizations including the relationship between philanthropy and ethics, the costs and benefits of different philanthropic initiatives and the role of leaders and boards in fundraising. An overview of fundraising within the American Jewish community will be also be explored.
In addition to the broader framework for understanding how strategic fundraising and development practices are incorporated with NGO management, this course will offer fellows an introduction to critical fundraising tools for foundation research, grants writing, and creating annual giving and major donor programs. In addition, we will explore the emerging fields of digital fundraising and venture philanthropy

Program Analysis and Evaluation
The purpose of this module is to introduce fellows to different types and methodologies of program evaluation, while enabling them to assess program effectiveness. The course will explore concepts, methods and application of program analysis as well as evaluation methods. It will also introduce fellows to processes and frameworks of conducting needs and impact assessment along with formative research.
Upon course completion fellows will be able to analyze evaluation studies, develop evaluation study frameworks, draw conclusions from data analysis and as a result - develop recommendations on program improvement.

Jewish Leadership in Action
This course provides fellows with an introduction to key concepts in professional and personal leadership, leadership styles and theories in the context of contemporary American Jewish communal life. Fellows will learn about structure of the American Jewish community, history of Russian Jewry and American Jewish community as well as their impact on the Jewish communal organizational landscape. Students will focus on contemporary issues that are prevalent on the global Jewish arena from the perspective of Russian-speaking Jewish professional leadership.

Skill-building Workshops

In addition to core learning modules, the program offers a range of skill-building workshops on topics ranging from communication skills and art of negotiation to time management and personal branding.