Community Leadership Initiative

“Pick from each of your tribes people who are wise, discerning, and experienced, and I will appoint them as your heads.” (Deuteronomy 1:13)

The Community Leadership Initiative (CLI) is a 12-month program designed specifically for lay leaders who are expected to advance to senior level positions in their synagogue or local Jewish nonprofit within the next two to three years. Participants are nominated by their synagogue or agency. CLI helps you make good on the confidence your community has placed in you while also giving you the opportunity to invest in your own leadership development.

Our advanced curriculum provides you with an in-depth perspective on Jewish leadership values and actively engages you in considering your own role and commitment as a leader. Your leadership skills will be enhanced through high-level workshops and seminars. You’ll explore:

  • Principles of Jewish leadership
  • Adaptive leadership and change
  • The role of a community leader
  • Visioning for a Jewish future
  • Risk taking and assessment
  • Breaking down silos
  • Coaching/mentoring and peer-to-peer networking

You’ll also develop relationships with a cohort of rising leaders from across Jewish Greater Hartford. CLI culminates in a group trip to Israel.

For more information please contact the Jewish Leadership Academy at