WHC’s Tankel Tapped for Mandel Leadership Program

headshot of Stephanie Tankel

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. 

Scott Aaron
Associate Vice President for JUF Education
Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
Rebecca Milder
Rabbi, Founding Director
Jewish Enrichment Center
Adi Barel
Associate Director of Jewish Studies
Bialik Hebrew Day School
Laura Perpinyal
Director of Congregational Learning
Temple Chai
Micol Zimmerman Burkeman
Recruitment and Leadership Development Associate; Director, Teaching Impact Fellowship
Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
Yehudah Potok
Director of the Jewish Education Program
Facing History and Ourselves
Mara Braunfeld
Director of Children and Families
Hadar Institute
Tamar Rabinowitz
Dean of Jewish Studies and Hebrew
Jewish Community High School of the Bay
Megan Doherty
Rabbi and Director of Hillel
Oberlin Hillel / Cleveland Hillel Foundation
Ana Robbins
Executive Director
Jewish Kids Groups
Tehilah Eisenstadt
Director of Yachad and Family Engagement
Congregation Beth Elo-him
Jonathan Shmidt Chapman
Founder & Creator
K’ilu Kits / Play-Along-Parsha / Aggadah Adventures
Suri Ganz
Senior Manager
Jewish New Teacher Project of New Teacher Center
Beverly Socher-Lerner
Founding Director
Makom Community
Amy Golding
Head of School
Jewish Day School of Lehigh Valley
Stephanie Tankel
Director of Lifelong Learning
Washington Hebrew Congregation
Yael Krieger
Director of Teaching and Learning
Jewish Community High School of the Bay
Mason Voit
Director of Education and Jewish Family Life
Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale
Amy Meltzer
Professional Learning Lead
PJ Library
Ethan Zadoff
Director of Professional Development & Chair, Department of History
The Frisch School