Leadership Development | Shalom Austin



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The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center provides Jewish education, engagement and experiences
for all ages and stages of Jewish life.


For Young Leaders

(Ages 25-40)

J-Lead is a series of workshops over the course of four months designed to foster the development of Austin’s young leaders in the Jewish community. If you are a young adult looking to begin or expand your leadership development journey, we invite you to apply!

Check back soon for the next J-Lead series.


For Jewish Communal Leaders

Yesod, Hebrew for “foundation,” is a collaboration between The Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence at the Jewish Federation of North America and the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning.

  • Innovative program to build a pipeline of excellent volunteer leadership through hands-on training and leadership skill development, framed and inspired by Jewish texts.
  • Designed for individuals with leadership experience who are currently serving in Jewish communal leadership roles and who have the capacity and desire to serve in senior leadership roles.
  • Thought-provoking and practical curriculum includes topics such as: Your Personal Journey to Leadership, Nurturing Vision, and Inspired Communication.

Program facilitators:

Rachel Stern MAJE/MAJCS | Chief Learning & Engagement Officer

Alachua Haskins MJEd. | Learning and Engagement Director 

Registration for the 2021-2022 cohort is now open.

Alachua Haskins

Alachua Haskins

Learning and Engagement Director