Leadership Training and Skills Building

Jewish Federation offers opportunities for continued learning and leadership-skills building.

Yesod: Foundations in Jewish Leadership

Yesod, the Hebrew word for foundation, aptly describes a vital initiative of the JFNA Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence in collaboration with the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. The Yesod curriculum is built upon the knowledge and skills a leader needs to be effective. The curriculum was developed through the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning and was written by Dr. Erica Brown. Course content merges Judaic text study, business skills, leadership theory, and experiential application. We will be running it again beginning in January 2020 facilitated by Judy Avner!

We are in our fifth year of this amazing, nationally created leadership program to help build the lay leadership of all our local area partners.

Trainings, workshops, and lectures

If you or your organization isn’t sure yet of the kinds of tools your board, staff, and lay leaders need, using already built workshops and tailoring them to specific needs for each department is an easy start. Jewish Federation will be happy to provide these workshops for your organization!

Lunch & Learn

We provide workshops presented by scholars, experts, and Jewish professionals from outside our local community. Any member of a local congregation or agency's staff/board may participate.

Have a great idea for a program or learning opportunity for the community? Share it with us!

 For more information about Leadership Training, contact:

KB Goodkin

(518) 783-7800 ext. 222



Four adults actively engaged in a Yesod class at Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York
Three local Rabbis with Rabbi Mike Moskowitz
A group of people at a Lunch & Learn event