Mandel Programs for Leadership Development in the Haredi Community
These in-service programs aim to develop a cadre of educational and social leaders within the Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) community.
A strategic analysis of social trends in Israel led the Mandel Leadership Institute to conclude that, in order to continue to influence Israeli society as a whole, it would need to launch specialized programs for the Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) community – a community assuming an increasingly prominent role in the country.
The Mandel Programs for Leadership Development in the Haredi Community provide a response to this need by developing and training educational and social leaders for the Haredi public. The programs have been in operation since 2011, and are aimed at senior education professionals; heads of social and educational organizations; activists and entrepreneurs in the fields of education, society and community; and those who work as mediators between the Haredi community and other parts of Israeli society.
The fundamental assumption informing the program is that the task of addressing the challenges facing the Haredi community must be taken on by the community itself. In other words, Haredi public leadership must grow from within the Haredi community, and reflect its values and experience. Thus the programs aim to develop civic leadership within the Haredi community, and to empower the visionaries and practitioners who come from the community and who are loyal to it: people who are deeply grounded and involved in the community, with a rich Torah background and a keen intellect. These fellows are tasked with defining their own visions, with identifying challenges, and with proposing solutions, through a process of in-depth study and clarification of their own conceptions regarding the nature of “the good,” what would be considered a worthy society, and how such a society should function.
Like all of the programs at the Mandel Leadership Institute, the programs for the Haredi community are based on a training approach that requires fellows to conduct an in-depth exploration of their educational-social vision, to hone a rich, deep and precise formulation of that vision, and to translate it into action. This is achieved by connecting the wealth of Torah-based knowledge, and the universe of Jewish books and texts, to alternative perspectives: those provided by theories of policy and leadership, sociology, political philosophy, and educational philosophy. The arenas of action and leadership in which the fellows themselves operate are also used as a learning resource and as a source for discussion and deliberation.
For more details about the program, please contact:
Racheli Glaser, Program Coordinator