Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence

Who We Are


The Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence provides resources and expertise to develop and retain the highest quality professional and volunteer leadership for the Federation system.


What We Do


We help Federation professionals develop talent and build new skills through programs like The Professional Institute.


We connect volunteers with opportunities to grow as leaders and deepen their Federation engagement. Our Yesod program helps lay leaders lead more effectively, and better manage change and mentor others.


Looking for scholarship opportunities? Contact your local Jewish Federation to see what’s available in your area.


Yesod Volunteer Leadership Development Program


Yesod, a Mandel Center program, helps communities build a pipeline of excellent volunteer leadership by investing in the development of individuals who demonstrate leadership potential. The curriculum, developed by the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning and written by Dr. Erica Brown, focuses on skills and knowledge needed to lead a Federation and includes, modules on the attributes of an effective leader, managing change and growing and mentoring others. Eighteen communities participated in Yesod in its first three years; next year, it will be offered to a wider audience.

In partnership with the Florence Melton School


Equal Employment Policy


Equal employment opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), where employment is based on personal capabilities and qualifications. As such, JFNA will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination and harassment in employment decisions regarding employees and job applicants for employment on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions, marital or domestic partner status, military or veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, status as a victim of domestic violence, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. This equal employment opportunity policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, discipline, termination, promotions, and changes in position classification. Additionally, all JFNA employees, regardless of position, are expected to adhere to JFNA’s policy of equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination.

Read the full JFNA EEO Policy and learn more about equal employment opportunity law.


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