Leadership Development | Shalom Austin



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)

The application for the 2022-2023 J-Lead cohort is now open!

J-Lead is a series of eight workshops over the course of four months designed to foster the development of Austin’s Jewish young leaders (25-40). If you are a Jewish young adult looking to begin or expand your leadership development journey, we invite you to apply!

J-Lead is generously sponsored by the Curt C. & Else Silberman Foundation.
In lieu of a program fee, participants are asked to make a minimum gift of $180 to the Shalom Austin Annual Campaign.

Apply early, space is limited!

Through J-Lead You Will ...
  • Learn from Jewish professionals and volunteer leaders serving at a variety of Austin Jewish organizations.
  • Explore and gain a deeper understanding of the organizations that make up the Jewish Austin landscape, the Jewish nonprofit world, and world Jewry.
  • Engage with a thought-provoking and practical curriculum, framed by Jewish values, that includes topics such as: Leadership 101, Judaism & Tzedakah, and Inclusion.
  • Be able to apply for a microgrant at the conclusion of the semester to create a program for the Austin Jewish community.
  • Build a cohort of like-minded young adults with whom to chart your leadership course.
Dates & Times
  • Opening Shabbat Dinner: Friday, November 11 | 7 PM at Shalom Austin
  • Kick-Off Retreat: Sunday, November 13 | 12-4 PM at Private Home in Spicewood

Session Dates: 6:30-8:30 PM

  • November 15 & 29
  • December 13 & 20
  • January 10 & 24
  • February 7 & 21


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 

The next Yesod program will be in the Fall of 2023, and the application will open in the summer of 2023. Please check back.

Alachua Haskins

Alachua Haskins

Learning and Engagement Director