ABOUT THE INSTITUTE

The Mandel Leadership Institute (MLI) was founded in 1990 in Jerusalem by the Mandel Foundation, in partnership with the Ministry of Education

The Institute is home to a range of educational and social leadership development programs that aim to contribute to a thriving State of Israel, with its many diverse communities. Participants in MLI programs come from varied professional backgrounds, including the public sector, social initiatives, non-profit organizations, and the Israel Defense Forces.

Over the course of their studies at MLI, fellows hone their educational and social visions, while exploring the great ideas and major themes of Western and Jewish civilization, and learn how to implement their visions in practice. Our programs develop their capacity to lead social and educational institutions, and to implement creative solutions for Israel’s greatest educational and social challenges.


About the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation

"The hallmark of our philanthropy is our commitment to invest in people with the values, ability and passion to change the world." – Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel founded the Mandel Foundation in 1953 in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. The work of the Foundation is grounded in the belief that exceptional leaders, inspired by powerful ideas, are key to improving society and the lives of people around the world. 

The Mandel Foundation aims to contribute to the flourishing of the United States and Israel as just, inclusive, and compassionate societies, and to improve the quality of life in both countries.

The Foundation’s philanthropic work is devoted to the following five areas of engagement: leadership development, management of nonprofits, humanities, Jewish life, and urban renewal. Read more >>​​