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What Does it Really Mean to be a Jewish Leader?">What Does it Really Mean to be a Jewish Leader?

Posted January 12th, 2015

 

By Matthew Callman, Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Netanya

 

 

This past week, over 250 Masa Israel program participants from over 25 countries came together at Hotel Yehuda in Jerusalem for the The Wilf Family Masa Israel Leadership Summit. These five days were full of workshops, lectures, trips, and other interactive activities. The purpose of the summit was to educate the participants and give us the proper tools to become future Jewish leaders. On the last day, in order to tie the summit together, we received an article that lists the seven principles of a Jewish leader. In order to reflect on the summit, I am using those same seven principles to draw the connection between the summit and Jewish leadership.

 

Principle 1: Leadership begins with taking responsibility.

Prior to the conference, we had the responsibility to complete the application process for the summit, and upon acceptance, sign up for the workshops that we would be interested in attending. During the workshops, professionals from around the Israeli community came in to spread their knowledge on various topics. Workshops included the challenges facing European Jews, Jewish philanthropy, proper messaging and branding techniques, how to run a t-shirt campaign, a memorable talk by Tamir Goodman, and the opportunity to visit the Knesset. The workshops were the part of the summit where we would put in the effort in order to receive the message they were trying to send. As for myself, I took the responsible role and took copious notes so, in the future, I can go back and reflect on what I learned.

 

Principle 2: No one can lead alone.

At the beginning of the program, the participants were separated into 11 teams. These would be our homeroom groups, where after each day we would come together and reflect on what we learned. It all started out on Sunday, when we completed various team building exercises at the Biblical Zoo. The purpose of these exercises was to build that atmosphere of a team. Having a unified team, will make leading it easier. Throughout the week, due the extensive workshop choices, some people may have had difficulty deciding what workshops they wanted to attend. Our homeroom groups were then used as the place where everyone talked about the workshops they attended that day. At first, we were strangers when we walked in on day one, but by day five we had many conversations, connected and shared ideas to help each other grow as individuals and leaders.

 

Principle 3: Leadership is about the future. It is vision-driven.

The purpose of the summit was to help us become the future Jewish leaders of our communities. The week started out with some important questions. These questions were not going to be answered during the summit, but they were used to spark an interest in how we can best answer those questions.

Three major questions were asked by Shmuel Rozner of the Jewish People Policy Institute during his lecture:

-Why would one want to be Jewish?

-Why does Judaism need to be continued?

-What role can a Jewish leader play in the world?

These are powerful questions, and they laid the groundwork for the remainder of the summit. They got me thinking and, after reflecting on these questions during the week, as the conference concluded, I asked myself the question: “How can I become the best Jewish leader in my community?” With that question in mind, I can now figure out how I can grow as an individual each and every day in order to make the impact that I know I am capable of making.

 

Principle 4: Leaders learn.

Obviously, we were at a summit, so we were going to do a lot of learning, but learning should never end. During the conference, many opportunities were created to allow us to learn from each other. It never matters how one learns, as long as one is looking for new knowledge. While learning from your peers, you never know what you may find out. People have different views on and interpretations of topics, and they may make a point that you did not think of. It was great to see that, throughout the day, people were constantly asking each other about the workshops they attended and what they learned from them. The open environment at the summit, allowed for the exchange of ideas that will really help people grow as leaders.

 

Principle 5: Leadership means believing in the people you lead.

As future Jewish leaders, who are we really looking to lead? The answer may vary depending on who you ask, but there is one general category that we must believe in, and it is the Jewish people as a whole. The summit gave us the opportunity to envision that. Where else could you find young Jews from all around the world under one roof? Coming from a very Jewish area on Long Island, sometimes I forget that being Jewish in other areas of the world can be very difficult. Hearing some of those stories had a huge impact on me and really opened up my mind to Judaism around the world. Now, when we go back to our respective communities, we will be focusing on not only making our communities better, but also on the worldwide Jewish community.

 

Principle 6: Leadership involves a sense of timing and pace.

Can there only be one leader? Through my experiences studying leadership, there needs to be a group of leaders. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, and in order to be the best leader, you must surround yourself with people who not only support you, but also cover those weaknesses for you. Some people may not be ready to be the big time leader, but want to help support their peer. The summit allowed for so many great minds to not only network, but to build personal relationships, too. These connections that were formed, will give all of us the opportunity to grow at their own pace as a leader and find how they can be the best leader they can be.

 

Principle 7: Leadership is stressful and emotionally demanding

This week was not an easy week. We had a very packed out schedule, and a lot to learn in such a small period of time. For me, I got very little sleep because I wanted to take advantage of having so many motivated young Jews all together. Personally, I stepped outside my comfort zone and put myself out there for people to notice me. The summit may have been a roller coaster ride with many highs and lows, but the bottom line is, I am so blessed that I had the opportunity to attend the summit. I have taken so much from it, and I cannot wait to continue on my journey to be the best Jewish leader that I know I can be.

 

 

The following article was used to help me out with this post:

"Seven principles of Jewish Leadership" by Jonathan Sacks, The Jerusalem Post 6/14/2012

**Be sure to check out the article here and read another point of view on Jewish leadership**

 

Read more about Matthew’s experiences in Netanya on his blog.

 

Studying Abroad in Jerusalem: Yom Kippur, Hasidism and a Bedouin Wedding">Studying Abroad in Jerusalem: Yom Kippur, Hasidism and a Bedouin Wedding

Posted September 18th, 2014

Lauren Swersky always had a feeling that she would end up in Israel when it came time for the University of California, Davis junior to study abroad, though she explored all the options available. “I was very involved in Jewish life growing up, and I was always looking for opportunities to go back to Israel,” she explained.

 

 

Tel Aviv University International - Independent Research / Study Track (IRST)

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Program Description

The Research/Study Track (IRST henceforth) is open to young academics above the age of 18 from all over the world. The program constitutes a flexible framework that enables each participant to follow his own passion in the academic arena of Tel Aviv University (TAU) while at the same time experiencing Israel and Tel Aviv City to the fullest.
The participants must coordinate independently their project/ research in Tel Aviv University in advance of their enrollment to the program. Participants such as: accepted visiting researchers, exchange students, and interns, will have the opportunity to participate in IRST as a supplemental framework for the duration of 4 to 12 months. In cases of longer study periods, it is possible to participate in IRST for part of the stay in Israel.
 

Highlights

IRST is designed for those who are looking to combine a Masa long-term academic program, and have a more independent experience in the University and Israel. Participants will be fully emerged in the co-curricular plan organized by the social staff of TAU International. This will include social gatherings, special events, trips, volunteering opportunities and more.

  • Main Subject: Graduate Academic Studies, Undergraduate Academic Studies
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  • Keywords:
  • Customizable Programs 
  • Age:
  • 16-31 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Organizer:
  • Tel Aviv University - The International School for Overseas Student 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Tel Aviv University International - Independent Research / Study Track (IRST) 
  • Price:
  • Subject to components you select and in agreement with the program
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Start Date:
  • Of your own choice and in agreement with the program 
  • End Date:
  • Of your own choice and in agreement with the program, but NO LESS THAN 4 MONTHS after your chosen Start Date 

Tel Aviv University International - Semester in Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Business in Israel

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Program Description

This program provides real-world experience, entrepreneurial know-hows, and professional guidance. Program integrates Israeli and international business students as they take classes taught in English by Israel’s leading business academics and professionals. As well as the core courses students also take Hebrew Language classes to ensure social comfort and immersion.

Highlights

The program is operated in partnership with TAU’s Recanati Business School. The world-renowned school prepares students with the methodologies and skill set they need to succeed in today’s business world.
The Program is supported by the StarTau Entrepreneurship Center, TAU’s non-profit organization that educates and mentors aspiring entrepreneurs and connects them to Israeli businesses. By choosing to come study in the middle of the middle east, in a country that is known as the Start-Up Nation, and by living in Tel Aviv, Israel’s financial and technological capital, you will be immersed in a world of innovated executives and trailblazing companies.
 
  • Main Subject: Undergraduate Academic Studies
  •  
  • Keywords:
  • Business, Entrepreneurship 
  • Duration:
  • 4.5 Months 
  • Age:
  • 16-31 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Organizer:
  • Tel Aviv University - The International School for Overseas Student 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Tel Aviv University International - Semester in Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Business in Israel 
  • Price:
  • $ 10700 
  • Accommodation:
  • Not Included 
  • Meals:
  • Not Included 
  • Program Dates:
  • January 17,2018 - June 03,2018  Apply to this program

IDC - MA in Finacial Economics

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Program Description

MA in Financial Economics.
Arison School of Business & School of Economics.
One Year MA in Financial Economics taught in English.
 
The purpose of the one-year program is to provide in-depth training in both Economics and Finance in order to prepare students for jobs in the financial sector. The program provides quantitative tools and deep knowledge in economics, finance and risk management. It also trains students for diverse positions as senior economists and analysts in financial institutions and for financial management positions in business companies, investment houses, asset management companies, pension funds, public institutions, regulatory bodies and more.
 

North America

Lenore Taplitzky

Director of Recruitment & Marketing

(212) 213-5962

RRIS.us@idc.ac.il

Israel & Abroad

Ayelet Weil

Admissions Coordinator - Masters Degrees

+972-9-952-7658

RRIS.master@idc.ac.il

*Please note that receiving a Masa scholarship does not imply automatic acceptance to IDC.  The IDC application is a separate process and acceptance is dependent on meeting academic criteria.  

 

 

Highlights

•World renowned lecturers from leading universities in Israel and across the world with rich academic and research experience.
 
•Optional study trip to London where students will have the opportunity to contact international financial companies and be exposed to their work methods.
 
• Option of research track with M.A. thesis, or a study track without a thesis.
 
• The program has an advisory committee comprised of senior personnel in financial-economic fields in the Israeli and global markets. The committee assists in the formation of the academic program and advises on how to adapt the curriculum to the ever-changing needs of the market, and how to best prepare the students for integration in the job market.
 
• Classes will consist of both veteran Israelis and international students.
• Studies will be held two days a week in the afternoons in six mini semesters of six weeks each, with two-week exam periods in between.
 
  • Main Subject: Graduate Academic Studies
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  • Keywords:
  • Economics 
  • Duration:
  • 14.5 Months 
  • Age:
  • 20-30 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Organizer:
  • Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya - The Recanati International School 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • IDC - MA in Finacial Economics 
  • Price:
  • $ 20000 
  • Accommodation:
  • Not Included 
  • Meals:
  • Not Included 
  • Program Dates:
  • November 11,2016 - January 31,2018  Apply to this program

Hebrew University Spring in Jerusalem Honors Program

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Program Description

This exciting joint initiative of Harvard University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is designed for outstanding students in their third and fourth years of study who are looking for a unique intellectual challenge. Participants study together with Israelis in advanced-level courses offered in English by various departments of the Hebrew University. Hebrew and Arabic language classes are available at different levels of expertise. Students experience Israel through field trips, social encounters with prominent Israelis, supervised internships, independent research projects and a variety of extracurricular activities. The program runs from mid-January to late June. 
 
  • Main Subject: Undergraduate Academic Studies
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  • Duration:
  • 4 Months 
  • Age:
  • 18-30 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Organizer:
  • The Hebrew University - Rothberg International School 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Hebrew University Spring in Jerusalem Honors Program 
  • Price:
  • $ 13250 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Not Included 
  • Program Dates:
  • January 24,2018 - May 31,2018  Apply to this program

Oranim M. Teach

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Program Description

This program is conducted in Russian.

  • Main Subject: Graduate Academic Studies
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  • Keywords:
  • Education 
  • Duration:
  • 8 Months 
  • Age:
  • 20-30 
  • Language:
  • Russian 
  • Organizer:
  • Oranim Academic College of Education 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Oranim M. Teach 
  • Price:
  • $ 8900 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Dates:
  • October 29,2017 - June 29,2018  Apply to this program

JTS Rabbinal School

Program Description

A new format for our rabbinical and cantorial students in Israel will use a trimester system to provide three discrete types of study:
 
1) Land and Language Immersion Lab in Merkaz Tzippori, Jerusalem Forest.
 
2) Beit Midrash learning in the Schocken Institute, our campus in central Jerusalem.
 
3) University study for our rabbinical students.
 
Cantorial students will choose between participating in our Kesher Hadash program for Israel education and joining the rabbinical students for Judaica classes at the Schechter Institute. All of our students will participate in a year long experiential program and be assigned to an internship with a Masorti congregation. The first stage will include an intensive Hebrew ulpan (with an optional JTS Jumpstart Israel summer component). Evening Hebrew language courses will continue into the second trimester; the third trimester will involve Hebrew as language of learning and instruction. In this way the students will be immersed in Hebrew culture and Israeli community for the entire year,and will also experience three discrete models of learning to ensure a rich and fulfilling experience in Israel.
  • Main Subject: Graduate Academic Studies
  •  
  • Keywords:
  • Education, Jewish Studies 
  • Duration:
  • 8.5 Months 
  • Age:
  • 20-30 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Organizer:
  • Davidson School of Education, Jewish Theological Seminary 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • JTS Rabbinal School 
  • Price:
  • $ 680 
  • Accommodation:
  • Not Included 
  • Meals:
  • Not Included 
  • Program Dates:
  • September 04,2017 - May 17,2018  Apply to this program

IDC - Study Abroad

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Program Description

Study with world-renowned faculty, engage with students from around the world and enjoy a wide array of extracurricular activities.
The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya was established twenty years ago as Israel’s first private university.  IDC Herzliya believes in ‘start-up academia’ and encourages its students to initiate, innovate, invent and create. Many successful startups in Israel today first came together on the IDC campus.
IDC has 6,500 students currently enrolled for undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Approximately 1,700 of these students hail from 82 countries across the globe and study at the Raphael Recanati International School (RRIS). The result is a unique international atmosphere on campus as students enjoy studying in a multicultural environment and form lasting personal and professional relationships.
This year IDC was ranked the number one university in student satisfaction for the fourth consecutive year. IDC Herzliya believes in a partnership with its students and is committed to working together towards a promising future.
International students who are interested in studying abroad at IDC Herzliya are eligible to spend a semester or year as a visiting student in the Raphael Recanati International School. Our wide range of English courses and vibrant student life are enough to provide an experience that no student will ever forget!
 
Please note: this section refers to non-degree seeking students only. If you are interested in applying for one of our full degree programs in English, please visit the RRIS website at  www.rris.idc.ac.il
 
Admission Requirements:
• Students must have completed at least one year of studies at their home university, two years is recommended.
• Students must be in good academic standing.
• We strongly recommend studying for one academic year, or the spring semester as opposed to the fall semester due to semester clashes with overseas universities. 
• We give preference to those who wish to study for one academic year and have completed at least two years of study at a university recognized by IDC Herzliya. 
• Recognition of transfer credits is the responsibility of the student.
English Proficiency
The Raphael Recanati International School is taught entirely in English. Students of universities in which English is not the primary language of instruction are required to pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or an equivalent test, such as the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), PEARSON (Language Test).
 
TOEFL: www.toefl.org
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

  • Main Subject: Undergraduate Academic Studies
  •  
  • Duration:
  • 4.5, 5.5, 10 Months 
  • Age:
  • 16-30 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Organizer:
  • Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya - The Recanati International School 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • IDC - Study Abroad 
  • Accommodation:
  • Not Included 
  • Meals:
  • Not Included 
  • Program Dates:
  • March 11,2018 - August 20,2018, HERZELIYYA, $11100   Apply to this program