Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford is proud to offer a variety of leadership programs that help to ensure a strong pipeline of Jewish communal leadership today and in the future. These programs support lay and professional leadership at all stages of their involvement in the community. Leadership programs will:

  • Provide the community with an ongoing, well-developed and trained cadre of leaders
  • Instill in leaders a deeper understanding of leadership from a Jewish perspective
  • Develop a greater degree of collaboration among and between leadership and organizations in the community
  • Establish a system of tracking and follow-up to help build and ensure a pipeline of leadership for the community

Frank Stavis Leadership Certification/Program

Experience level: New leaders
Intended audience: Community members interested in becoming leaders at the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and/or the Mandell Jewish Community Center (JCC).
Objective: These sessions will help a new leader to better understand the community and the basics of leadership.

Frank Stavis personified leadership. He was committed to the continuity of quality leadership in the Jewish community, and he mentored several generations of new leaders as the past president of both the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and the Mandell JCC. In recognition of Frank’s commitment to Jewish communal life, his friends and family established the Frank Stavis Memorial Fund, which finances the Frank Stavis Leadership Forum to continue his legacy of Jewish leadership development. A collaborative program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and the Mandell JCC, the Forum is comprised of a select group of young leaders, up to 40 years of age. Over the course of six sessions, participants explore the meaning of Jewish community and Jewish leadership, the significance of Israel, and more. They also gain volunteer experience as a capstone to their coursework. Upon completion of the Forum, participants have the opportunity to take on new leadership roles within the Jewish community. About 50 individuals have completed the Forum thus far. To learn more, please contact Abbey Cohn or Julie Alfin.

Howard J. Siegal Leadership Institute

Experience level: All
Intended audience: Anyone involved in fundraising for the Greater Hartford Jewish community.
Objective: To explain the process of solicitation, how to have the Jewish conversation, and how to present and close the “ask.”
Description: Howard Jay Siegel was a top Federation solicitor, storyteller, and mentor to the younger generation. In this program that bears his name, participants attend three training workshops that help them engage donors in a meaningful dialogue about donors’ philanthropic interests and community needs. The Institute is designed for both new and veteran leadership. Last winter the Institute held a series of “Fed Talks” featuring short presentations highlighting the innovations that Federation had launched in Greater Hartford. The most recent Institute kicked off with “The Joy of Philanthropy,” a training led by Ann Baidack Pava, 2017 Annual Campaign Chair. To learn more, please contact Elizabeth Appelman.

Community Connections: Leadership and Change

Experience level: All
Intended audience: Lay and professional leadership teams from any congregation or agency.
Objective: To enhance their current knowledge on topics of leadership.
Description: These evening sessions are open to everyone and feature speakers who are experts on various topics, including organizational change and leadership development. Sessions will include a keynote address and interactive exercises to help participants learn current best practices in the field. These sessions are funded through a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford. To learn more, please contact Stephen Bayer.

Wexner Heritage Program

Experience Level: Current and rising leaders
Intended audience: Leaders from any institution who are interested in intensive training.
Description: In this intensive two-year program, participants study Jewish texts, Bible, history, perspective, and the skills needed to become a more effective and efficient leader in the Jewish community. Wexner is a national program that is sponsored locally by community funding. Participants are selected through an application process. To learn more, please contact Howard Sovronsky.