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Certificate in Jewish Leadership 13

Certificate in Jewish Leadership 13


Spertus Institute announces a new cohort of the Certificate in Jewish Leadership, presented in partnership with Northwestern University

For those who lead in today’s rapidly changing world, there is a vital need to continuously refresh their knowledge, resources, and skills.

Filling this need for those in leadership positions at Jewish organizations across North America is the Certificate in Jewish Leadership presented through a partnership of Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership and Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies. The program provides specialized training geared to the unique challenges facing Jewish nonprofits.

This week, the program’s thirteenth cohort begins, bringing together executives, educators, and lay leaders from eight U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. We are pleased to announce the participants.

Certificate in Jewish Leadership Cohort 13:

  • Barry Abels, Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Fort Worth, TX
  • Jonathan Amar, Vice Principal, École Maimonide, of Montreal, QC
  • Lanie Etkind, Executive Director, Familial Dysautonomia Foundation, New York, NY
  • Michael Fishman, Board Member, Jewish United Fund of Chicago, Highland Park, IL
  • Natan Hason, Educator, Rochelle Zell Jewish High School, Chicago, IL
  • Lauren Kaplan, Director, Harry Kay Center for Leadership Excellence, Minneapolis Jewish Federation, Minnetonka, MN
  • Nicole Katzman, Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Olga Prutnikov, Assistant Director, EZRA Multi-Service Center, Jewish Community Center of Chicago, Evanston, IL
  • Michael Sachs, Executive Director, Jewish National Fund of Canada, Pacific Region, Richmond, BC
  • Rachel Weinstein, Executive Board Officer, Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Rockville, MD
  • Char Williams-Cavitt, Director of Marketing & Communications, Merage Jewish Community Center, Irvine, CA
  • Sarah Wolfman-Robichaud, Director of Community Engagement, Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, Berkeley, CA
  • Janet Workman, Sisterhood Programming Director, Temple Sinai of Hollywood, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

During the program, these participants will learn to strengthen their own leadership styles, manage change, and inspire excellence. Together, they will complete four interactive components that comprise the program’s curriculum: Models of Jewish Leadership, Communications for Leaders, Leading People Through Change, and Collaboration and Power Sharing, as well as a personalized leadership assessment, professional coaching, and a special workshop on Resilient Leadership.

The program fosters a meaningful network of colleagues who work closely with each other during and after formal coursework. Spertus Dean and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Keren Fraiman, notes that “the extensive experience, diverse professional backgrounds, and variety of perspectives in this cohort make the opportunities for learning, growth, and community building particularly rich.”

The program’s effectiveness has been praised by past participants. Chicagoan Peter Bensinger, Jr., a partner at Barlett Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP and a longtime board member at nonprofit organizations within and beyond the Jewish community, called the program “a tremendously valuable experience.” Amy Golding, head of the Jewish Day School of Lehigh Valley in Allentown, PA, said that she is “more equipped to take on new challenges.”

As the 2022 cohort begins the program, the application period is now open for the 2023 cohort, which begins in March. The preferred admission deadline for this hybrid cohort is December 16, 2022. The final application deadline is January 13, 2023. Those interested should visit or contact Assistant Director of Recruitment Amie Barrish at

Spertus Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Certificate in Jewish Leadership is a program of Spertus Institute's Center for Jewish Leadership, supported in part by a generous grant from the Crown Family.

Spertus Institute is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community.

Monday, October 24, 2022