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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.

Prospective fellows are 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.  

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.