Learn. Lead. Inspire.
Jerome J. Bornstein
Leadership Development Program
WHERE TRADITION MEETS INNOVATION
The Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Development Program is devoted to preparing the next leaders of the Central Florida Jewish community. Its robust curriculum combines leadership development with a firm foundation of Jewish identity, equipping participants with the skills they need to guide and shape the future of the Jewish world. Past graduates have gone on to serve on boards and hold top leadership positions in Jewish organizations here in Florida, across the nation, and around the world. Our program is an invaluable opportunity to get your seat at the table and become part of the conversation.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Bornstein Program, named in honor of longtime community volunteer and leader Jerome J. “Jerry” Bornstein (z”l), takes the next generation of Jewish leaders in Central Florida and prepares them to address the challenges and opportunities of community life. The yearlong program, which commences in December 2021, includes in-depth monthly sessions devoted to different leadership skills, an overnight Shabbat retreat, and a group capstone project. This transformative educational experience provides participants with the tools to courageously reimagine the future of Jewish life in America, Israel, and beyond.
The Bornstein Program could not be a success without the outstanding individuals who make up each class. Applicants must demonstrate leadership potential, a commitment to the Central Florida Jewish community, and a proven track record of civic or community engagement. Participants must commit to remaining in Central Florida for the duration of the program. Applicants may submit an online application, which includes two references. An in-person interview is also required. This program is designed for professionals who are looking to enhance their Jewish leadership knowledge or begin their Jewish leadership journey.
Participants must attend all sessions and retreats. A gift to JFGO’s Annual Campaign, at a level that is personally meaningful, is also required. Upon completion of the program, each participant will select a local Jewish organization with which to be involved. This involvement may be at the board, committee, or volunteer level, depending on the individual and the needs of the organization. Graduates who demonstrate commitment and exceptional leadership abilities may be eligible for certain subsidized travel opportunities under the Jewish Federation of North America’s Leadership Development umbrella.