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Fundamentals of Management Seminar

4-6 June 2024, Madrid, Spain

Being a manager is a specific skill that can be learned. Often it is assumed that if you are good at your job, then you will automatically be good at managing others who do that job, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Join Yesod Europe for this 3-day intensive, interactive seminar for Jewish community professionals across Europe, which will focus on fundamental aspects of management.

The training is aimed at:

* People in the early years of being a manager

* People about to be managers for the first time

* People taking on some management responsibility in their current job

* People thinking of making their next career move into management

The programme will include:

* Why be a manager and identifying your management style

* Developing a management mind set

* Managing & supervising a team

* Building a great team culture

* The Jewish approach to management

* Peer learning on your key challenges

* Specific management skills sessions, including:

      – Giving feedback & communicating with your team

     – Time management

     – Running effective meetings

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Joey Leskin

Management & Communication Consultant

Joey is a Masters-educated Leadership Consultant from London, of Yemeni Jewish background, who designs and facilitates experiential seminars and workshops for audiences across the globe.

He specialises in cultivating high performing team culture, communication skills training and innovative project management. His focus is on empowering early and mid-stage professionals and Jewish leaders around the world, having had experience in over 70 countries. He has worked with clients from organisations including Google, the NHS and, with over a thousand people benefiting from his bespoke training since 2018. He developed the Modern Diaspora History Curriculum for the Pluralistic Rabbinical Seminary and has facilitated bespoke workshops for My Jewish Learning, JDC and HIAS, among many other Jewish organisations worldwide.

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Colin Bulka

Yesod Europe Programme Director

Colin was born in London and was a youth and community worker and informal educator there in a variety of settings. Colin made Aliyah to Jerusalem in the 1990s and spent many years running gap year leadership programmes for Zionist youth movement. He returned three times to the UK since making Aliyah for specific roles, including as a Jewish Agency emissary, and as the programme director of JW3, London’s first JCC.

Colin holds an MA in Management of Youth and Community Work and Applied Anthropology and is a graduate of the Jerusalem Fellows Programme at the Mandel School of Educational Leadership.

Most of his thirty-five year plus career has been spent in the management of educational and community based organisations, in Europe and Israel, both as a middle manager and a senior manager. Colin has been Yesod Europe’s Programme Director since 2020.

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Agata Rakowiecka

Director, Yesod Europe

Agata is a native of Warsaw, Poland and was the founding Director of the Jewish Community Center of Warsaw, where she served for nine years. Prior to her work at the JCC, Agata was engaged in community building and informal Jewish education through various projects in Poland and internationally, including the Szarvas camp. She also held a position of Director at the Polish Jewish summer camp ATID. Agata has a long experience in managing volunteers and professional teams throughout her career, both in Jewish communal settings and beyond, including as a manager of a quantum computing start-up.

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Debbie Minsky

Operations Associate, Yesod Europe

Debbie is the Operations Associate at Yesod Europe. She works with the team to deliver operational support for our learning and development initiatives, including recruitment processes, tech support for virtual training workshops, and communications across multiple platforms.

Cost: if your organisation can contribute 100 Euros which is required to be paid before the seminar.

International travel and all seminar costs, including hotel and kosher food, are covered by Yesod Europe.

In addition, participants will be required to cover their own travel and medical insurance and transport to and from airports.

If your organisation is unable to cover even this small amount, please be in touch with Colin Bulka at

Please only apply if you:

  1. Are a paid Jewish community professional, working at least for 16 hours a week for a Jewish communal organisation. Priority will be given to those working for organisations, whose mission is about building Jewish community and Jewish identity.
  2. Speak and understand English at a high level
  3. Are based in one of the following European countries: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom.

Application is now closed.

Places are limited. We will be aiming to create a diverse group in terms of the countries that people are from.

Please note that we may wish to interview candidates.

To have a conversation about this opportunity and find out more, contact Colin Bulka at

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