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We are excited and proud to share that our own Stephanie Tankel, Director of Lifelong Learning, has been named to the inaugural cohort of the Mandel Educational Leadership Program. The Program “empowers Jewish educational leaders from across a range of settings to generate new visions of Jewish education, to grow in their leadership and to build relationships beyond their organizations as they bring their visions to life.”
Stephanie was honored at her selection, saying, “the chance to engage with a dynamic and diverse cohort is so appealing. It means the possibility to challenge and strengthen my vision, enlivening and energizing me so I can continue to engage in this sacred work at WHC.”
The 20 fellows of Cohort I were selected from a large pool of applicants. As a group, they include leaders from a range of educational settings: day schools, supplemental schools, Hillels, federations, start-up ventures, and convening organizations. Led by Rabbi Jethro Berkman, they will embark on an 18-month long program, comprised of three seminars in Boston, a study tour in Israel, and learning opportunities in between.
According to the Program’s website, “fellows will engage with and analyze compelling, sometimes competing, approaches to Jewish education, inspiring them to sharpen their own visions and to create new ideas for the future of Jewish education.” In addition, fellows will develop leadership skills, and build their networks with other visionary educators.
“While this cultural moment seems in contrast with a desire to be questioned and pushed,” Stephanie added, “I believe it’s precisely what the Jewish educational world needs. We must open minds and explore new potential to secure a meaningful future for the Jewish people.”
“Right now, when Jewish engagement is evolving before our eyes, and as the pandemic contributes additional hurdles in myriad ways, this opportunity comes at the perfect moment. I’m personally and professionally seeking inspiration, motivation, and connection from fresh and new outlets. I’m eager to continue serving the Jewish community to the best of my ability; sometimes the right chevruta (partnership learning) or Fellowship cohort can offer precisely what is needed at a time such as this.”
Mazel tov, Stephanie. We can’t wait to see what innovations you bring back.
The complete cohort is below.
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