An opportunity to build your leadership mindset and skill set in a diverse and challenging environment of a 5-day summit with 120 peers from around the world and a top-class global faculty. The MLC offers two summits a year for select post-college Masa Fellows.

An intensive residential experience that explores the core assumptions of leadership and provides a fresh framework for thinking about and practicing leadership based on the Adaptive Leadership model pioneered by the Harvard Kennedy School.

The Summit aims to generate personal growth and professional and communal progress.
All graduates of the Summit receive a joint certification by the Masa Leadership Center and the Kansas Leadership Center.

Applications for the December 2020 Leadership Summit will open in October 2020.
Applications for the March 2021 Global Leadership Summit will open in February 2021.

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  • Connect to your purpose
  • Develop your tolerance for conflicting viewpoints
  • Engage with a diverse peer community passionate about leadership
  • Build your capacity to mobilize people around global Jewish and Israel issues that matter
  • Manage yourself in new settings


Every summer, the Masa Leadership Center partners with a variety of Jewish organizations and offers a highly subsidized six-week independent living residential experience in Jerusalem, Israel.

The program includes high-level internship placements that advance your resume, leadership training using the Masa Leadership Center’s Harvard-developed framework and exposure to real-life Israeli change agents and their case-studies.

Join a global network of change-agents to develop practical skills and a fresh mindset for energizing and mobilizing your communities around an issue that matters to you! You will have the opportunity to choose from two tracks, uniquely designed to mobilize for change around core issues facing our communities.

All with time for self-care, independent growth and independent exploration of the country and its culture.

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  • A six-week residential intensive located in central Israel
  • Exposure-visits around Israel
  • Professional development with an organization of your choice
  • High-level personalized internship placements
  • Opportunities for recreational and personal exploration
  • Top leadership development course and retreat including case-study diagnostic workshops

Partnership Deployment Tracks

Following the Leadership Summit, participants are encouraged to apply to continue their learning and development through Partner Tracks.  These six-session tracks are crafted to help bridge the gap between MLC’s Israel-based leadership training and professional and volunteer placement opportunities in the Jewish world.

Community Engagement Track

The Community Engagement Track will prime you with the tools, professional and volunteer contacts and a robust peer network to ensure that you are placed to make an impact wherever you land after your Masa experience.  

TalentEd Track

The TalentEd Track will give you the tools and professional contacts to enrich your Masa experience in the field of Jewish Education and help place you in professional positions and support your professional development in the US, UK or Canada following your Masa program.

Jewish Women’s International (JWI) Track

The JWI Track will focus on issues specific to Jewish women’s leadership and facilitate your integration into the JWI Network and opportunities upon return to the US following your Masa experience.

European Leadership Track

The European Leadership Track will enable you to develop professional tools and volunteer contacts while on your Masa program with an eye towards professional placement opportunities in Jewish communities in Europe.

Educating for Impact (EFI) – a groundbreaking, transformative initiative led by a consortium of Jewish philanthropies in partnership with the Ministries of Education and Diaspora Affairs of the State of Israel and the Center for Educational Technology – is designed to support Jewish communities in Europe through increasing the impact of their Jewish schools. EFI challenges and assists Jewish communities in Europe to make their Jewish schools work optimally for them, educating and inspiring young Jews to actively affiliate and engage in Jewish life.
BBYO is the leading pluralistic teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. With a network of hundreds of chapters across North America and in 50 countries around the world, BBYO reaches over 70,000 teens annually and serves as the Jewish community’s largest and most valuable platform for delivering fun, meaningful and affordable experiences that inspire a lasting connection to the Jewish people.
The Diaspora Initiative – UnitEd – operates in Jewish schools around the world to enhance both Jewish identity and Diaspora community ties to Israel. UnitED believes that raising the quality, status and prestige of Jewish studies strengthens Jewish schools and reinforces the Jewish identity of their graduates, which together are the key to Diaspora communities continuing to flourish. UnitEd is a cooperative venture of the Ministries of Education and Diaspora Affairs of the State of Israel, individual donors, and foundations from across the Jewish world.
TalentEd is a global non-profit organization that aims to address the growing challenge of recruiting and retaining high-quality educators in Jewish education. To achieve their goals, TalentEd maps the demand in Jewish formal and informal education, profiles those who can deliver, and ultimately matches them while providing a support network and mentoring. TalentEd’s long-term goal is to discover untapped talent – those who with the right training, mentoring and support can become excellent Jewish educators.
The Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) is a non-profit organization committed to fostering leadership for stronger, healthier and more prosperous Kansas communities. Through their leadership framework and programming, KLC aspires to help people lead more effectively on the challenges facing them and equip them with the ability to make lasting change for the common good.
The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) represents 146 Jewish Federations and over 300 independent Jewish communities across North America. JFNA plays a central role in developing a pipeline that takes leading MLC participants and introduces them to roles from which they can shape the global Jewish landscape.
Jewish Women International (JWI) is the leading Jewish organization working to empower women and girls by ensuring and protecting their physical safety and economic security, promoting and celebrating inter-generational leadership, and inspiring civic participation and community engagement. Inspired by their legacy of progressive women’s leadership and guided by their Jewish values, JWI works to ensure that all women and girls thrive in healthy relationships, control their financial futures and realize the full potential of their personal strength.
The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs formulates, implements and presents the foreign policy of the Government of Israel. It represents the state vis-a-vis foreign governments and international organizations, explains its positions and problems throughout the world, endeavors to promote its economic, cultural, and scientific relations, and fosters cooperation with developing countries. The Ministry promotes relations with Diaspora communities and safeguards the rights of Israeli citizens abroad.
Hillel International is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, working with thousands of college students globally at more than 550 colleges and universities. For nearly a century, Hillel’s network of dedicated student leaders, professionals and volunteers have encouraged generations of young adults to celebrate Jewish learning and living, pursue social justice (tikkun olam and tzedek) and connect to their peers and the global Jewish people.
Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG) is a global family of foundations focusing its work on three areas of critical importance to the Jewish communities around the world: strengthening Jewish identity of Russian-speaking Jews worldwide; supporting pillar Jewish organizations of the UK Jewish community in their efforts to provide meaningful and innovative opportunities for Jewish engagement to children, young families and young adults living in the UK, regardless of where they were born; and strengthening bonds and common understanding between Jews living in Israel and throughout global Diaspora.
An international religious leader, philosopher, award-winning author and respected moral voice, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks has been described by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales as “a light unto this nation” and by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair as “an intellectual giant”. Rabbi Sacks is a frequent and sought-after contributor to radio, television and the press both in Britain and around the world. Since stepping down as the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, Rabbi Sacks has held a number of professorships at several academic institutions including Yeshiva University, New York University and King’s College London.
Cambridge Leadership Associates (CLA) is an international leadership development practice and the Home of Adaptive Leadership. CLA grew out of the work of Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky, who have spent more than 30 years examining and teaching the practice of leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Today, CLA comprises a team of experienced consultants working around the globe skilled in the practical application of Adaptive Leadership. CLA works with organizations, teams, communities and individuals to identify their most significant challenges, generate new solutions, and exercise the leadership required to bring them to scale.

Leadership Courses

Seminary/Midrasha Course for Women’s Leadership

A leadership and community development course for Midrasha women aspiring to improve community life.  Includes six weeks of leadership and career development learning to advance the individual and professional trajectory of participants so that they can be more effective and supporting the flourishing of their communities over time.

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Integration and Change Retreat for Gap Participants

On this day-long retreat you will focus on reflecting on your Masa Israel experience with your program and then join hundreds of other Masa gap-year participants to explore how leadership tools can help take what you have learned and experienced over the past year and use it towards engagement in Jewish/Israel related life back on campus and in your home communities.

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Adaptive Design Track

Adaptive Design Course participants continue their leadership learning through an integration of design thinking and adaptive leadership over the course of 8 weeks. With a focus on exploring adaptive challenges relevant to their lives, participants plan interventions to seed change in their communities.
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Content and Resources

The Masa Jewish Leadership Curriculum with Lord Rabbi Sacks

A joint endeavor providing an important and timely contribution to the field of Jewish leadership education making Jewish leadership insights, tools and practices available to a wide range of early to mid-career Jewish adults.

Kansas Leadership Center Material

Our friends at KLC are world leaders in leadership development for the common
good. We work with them on multiple levels including faculty development, online
learning and institution-building.

For information about KLC’s work and the range of development opportunities they offer, visit their site:

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