Kaplan Fellows @ Yesod – Cohort II

February 2019 - February 2020

Seminar Image


Kaplan Fellows @Yesod is a professional development opportunity for talented, creative, mid-career Jewish community professionals who want to make a difference in their communities and maximize their potential.

Over the course of a year participants join four in-person gatherings (including one with peers from Latin America and the Former Soviet Union), where they gain practical skills, confidence, Jewish inspiration and the peer network that will propel them to future leadership and meaningful contributions in their communities.

Designed for a select, diverse group of European Jewish community professionals, the programme integrates four components:

The Kaplan Fellows @Yesod is part of the Kaplan Leadership Initiative, a global leadership development program. Yesod implements the European group of this program, which also consists of groups in Latin America and the Former Soviet Union.

Click here to see the fellows in this year’s Kaplan Fellows @Yesod Cohort II.

^ Back to top



The Kaplan Fellows @Yesod programme consists of four week-long seminars over the course of a year. Seminars for the next cohort will be:

In the first seminar we start by examining our visions; for ourselves, our organizations and our communities. Amongst other things, you will learn and practice how to articulate your vision and present a project.

Community and Values
The second seminar delves into the theory and practice of community building, providing tools for mapping and analyzing community needs. We will also discuss the values that drive us and our communities and you will learn methods for integrating them into everything you do.

Jewish Leadership
With all the groups together in the USA, this seminar focuses on leadership and approaches to Jewish leadership. We will explore the city and Jewish community of Chicago seeing examples of innovation and leadership in local organizations and expand our global Jewish horizons.

Making Change
In our final seminar we will turn to strategies for change. You will learn about goal setting, stakeholder mapping, evaluating success and how to advocate for change.


The seminars are intensive and experiential. They contain a balance between practical workshops, Jewish text learning, exploration of different Jewish communities and group development.


Ongoing Development Between Seminars

Between the seminars the programme continues with:

^ Back to top


If the following criteria are true for you, then you are eligible to apply for Kaplan Fellows @Yesod.

^ Back to top


What is Yesod?

What is the Kaplan Leadership Initiative?

Who are the Kaplan Fellows @Yesod?

How much does it cost to participate?

What will I get out of the programme?

If I am a Jewish community activist but don’t have a full-time job, can I apply?

If my English is not fluent, can I participate?

How can I convince my boss that I should do this programme?

How do I apply?

^ Back to top


If you meet the eligibility requirements and want to grow your potential through this programme, we’d love you to apply!

Kaplan Fellows @Yesod is a highly competitive programme. You will be interviewed and must submit two professional recommendations, including one from your current supervisor.

Applications are now closed. Interviews will be held in October and we anticipate making final decisions in early November.

Before you apply, please do the following:

Applications are now closed

For more information please contact

^ Back to top