JOFEE Leaders Institute

A 9-month professional journey through JOFEE-based leadership and learning.

Applications are now open. The application deadline for Cohort 2 is October 31st.

As a member of the JOFEE Leaders Institute you will have access to JOFEE specific professional development resources and opportunities, JOFEE learning, and the opportunity to develop a community of peers to support your journey as a leader in the JOFEE space and beyond.

We will be sharing Jewish wisdom and tradition alongside personal growth within an organizational context and we are working hard to ensure that this program provides nourishment for all of our participants – who we anticipate will come from a wide variety of Jewish and professional backgrounds. We hope that the participants will gain skills that they bring back to strengthen your organization. Our goal is that this will change the way we view professional growth in JOFEE.

Over the course of 9 months, we will:

  • Train JOFEE leaders through a comprehensive and interpersonal program designed to nurture, challenge and strengthen leaders within and outside of their current roles.
  • Enhance an understanding of the connection between JOFEE teachings, Jewish wisdom, and professional development through cultural, historical, and educational based learning
  • Develop a community of professionals grounded in JOFEE teachings, values, and leadership methodology who support one another through peer-to-peer mentorship and cohort style support during the program and beyond.

For any questions about the JOFEE Leaders Institute, please contact Hannah Henza at hannah.henza@hazon.org.

The JOFEE Leaders Institute is comprised of:

  • 5 day leadership development retreat
  • 2 day closing retreat in conjunction with JOFEE Network Gathering
  • 2 professional development webinars and cohort building opportunities
  • peer-to-peer mentorship and access to program staff for mentorship throughout the year
  • support with an organizational development project of your choosing
  • $300 for additional JOFEE field training – for use at any applicable JOFEE training

Attendance is mandatory at the following events:

  • Opening Retreat – Pearlstone Retreat Center, Reisterstown MD – January 27-31, 2019
  • Closing Retreat – Bay Area, CA – JOFEE Network Gathering – Fall 2019
  • Webinar 1 – April, 2019
  • Webinar 2 – August, 2019

In order to apply:

  • Applicants must currently hold a leadership position within their organization or be ready to advance in the coming years. Applicants should have 5+ years of professional experience and should currently be employed or actively engaged in the JOFEE field.
  • Applicants must have the support of their organization and direct supervisor. There is a $180 cost per participant which must be paid by the organization. This ensures each participant is supported by their employer during this time of growth.
  • Applicants must be committed to attending ALL retreats and webinars, as well as actively participating in additional development opportunities.

Applications are now open. The application deadline for Cohort 2 is October 31st.

The application can be accessed here and supplemental components can be uploaded here.

Interviews will be held during business hours and applicants will be notified later that month.

The JOFEE Leaders Institute is staffed by two JOFEE Jewish Educators, a Professional Development Facilitator, and  Hazon Program Manger. It is designed and managed by executive leadership from across the JOFEE space.

Professional Development Facilitator – Amanda Silver

Amanda Silver is a consultant, trainer, and executive coach with over 18 years of experience in developing the effectiveness of leaders and organizations.  Through leadership training, organizational development, facilitation, and coaching, she is passionate about creating the conditions that allow individuals, teams and organizations to thrive.  Her unique approach draws on expertise in mindfulness, emotional-intelligence, and strength-based mindsets.

Amanda has worked with dozens of organizations and hundreds of leaders throughout the country.  Clients include higher education institutions, public school districts, social service agencies, advocacy organizations, faith-based institutions and entrepreneurs.  As Senior Training Consultant at Dartmouth College, Amanda created Dartmouth LEADS, a 9-month professional development program for high-performance managers, and has guided institution-wide strategic planning for the Provost’s Office and the Division of Campus Services.  Prior to consulting, Amanda focused on leadership and organizational change at Bend the Arc as Director of the Selah Leadership Program and Network, developed in partnership with the Rockwood Leadership Institute and supporting 250+ social change leaders.

Amanda holds an M.S. in Positive Organizational Development and a Certificate in Coaching for Emotional Intelligence from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.  She is a graduate of the Consultant Master Class with the Social Transformation Project; a founding member of the Consulting Team at the Center for New Leadership of Marlboro College, VT; and a Development Dimensions International Certified Facilitator.  Amanda serves on the Board of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality.  She lives in Hanover, NH with her husband and two young children, and enjoys hiking, practicing the guitar, and dancing.


Jewish Educator – Elan Margulies
As the Director of Education, Elan aims to inspire joy and reverence for the natural world by introducing students to earth-based Jewish traditions and the wonders right outside their door. He has taught ecology at Eden Village Camp, the Student Conservation Association and the Cornell University Naturalist Outreach Program, led hikes in Israel, volunteered in the Kalahari Desert, worked for the US National Park Service, and directed a Jewish educational farm outside Chicago – where he learned that the best way to catch a goat is to run away from it. Before returning to Teva he pursued graduate studies in forest ecology at the University of Michigan and The Hebrew University. In his free time, he enjoys finding wild edibles, brewing ginger beer and working with wood and metal.

Further training support will be provided by Pearlstone Center.