Leadership Journey Series

The Jewish Education Project
March 7, 2022

How can we continue to exert leadership in unpredictable times? What questions should we be asking at our institutions? Who should we be partnering with? What vision do we want to set?

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Join a small group of directors of education from across North America as we use modern leadership theories to help us answer these questions and more for each of our institutions. We will meet each month for a 90-minute working webinar and then again for small group coaching to continue to concretize the concepts and learn from each other. Webinars and group coaching will be co-facilitated by Rabbi Jennifer Goldsmith and Micol Zimmerman Burkeman.

Working webinars topics may include:

  1. Exerting Leadership in Uncertain Times
  2. Getting the Best from our Teams
  3. Making the Changes I want to Make
  4. Creating What’s Next

Small group coaching will be:

  1. A maximum of 6 participants per group
  2. 60 mins per month virtually
  3. Time will be spent focusing on concretizing ideas, sharing successes and challenges with the group, learning together and pushing to be our best selves


Working Webinars:

  • Webinar #1: March 7 from 12:30-2 p.m. ET
  • Webinar #2: April 11 from 12:30-2 p.m. ET
  • Webinar #3: May 9 from 12:30-2 p.m. ET
  • Webinar #4: June 13 from 12:30-2 p.m. ET

Small Group Coaching Sessions:

  • Session #1: March 21 from 1-2 p.m. ET
  • Session #2: April 27 from 1-2 p.m. ET
  • Session #3: May 23 from 1-2 p.m. ET
  • Session #4: June 23 from 1-2 p.m. ET

*Participants commit to attending all sessions when registering for this series.


Education Directors

Long Island
Staten Island

Contact Rabbi Jennifer Goldsmith at JGoldsmith@JewishEdProject.org with any questions or for more information.

 About the Facilitators:

Rabbi Jennifer Goldsmith

Rabbi Jennifer Goldsmith | Managing Director, Congregational Learning and Leadership Initiatives, The Jewish Education Project | Rabbi Jennifer Ossakow Goldsmith is the Managing Director of Congregational Learning and Leadership Initiatives at The Jewish Education Project in New York. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Jennifer received her BA from the University of Michigan and rabbinic ordination and MA in Religious Education from HUC-JIR. Jennifer’s ongoing study of leadership theory drives her commitment to helping Jewish leaders harness their resources to create meaningful change. Prior to her time at The Jewish Education Project, Jennifer worked as the Director of Life-Long Learning at Larchmont Temple helping engage families at every age and stage of their Jewish journeys. Her current work concentrates on fostering and spreading educational innovation that helps learners thrive through consulting, grant initiatives, online resources, professional networks, and leadership development. She facilitates workshops and seminars on innovation in part-time Jewish education and leadership across the country. Jennifer lives in New Rochelle, NY with her husband, Rabbi Howard Goldsmith, and their two children Lev and Talia.


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Micol Zimmerman Burkeman | MAJE, ACC Recruitment and Leadership Development Associate, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion | Micol is the Recruitment and Leadership Development Associate and Director of the Teaching Impact Fellowship at HUC-JIR. In this role, she works to elevate the Jewish professional field and develop the next generation of inspiring Jewish leaders.  A seasoned experiential Jewish educator, Micol has worked to reimagine Jewish education and engagement for the last two decades. As a consultant, coach and designer, and facilitator of professional development, she works with educators, clergy, and Jewish communal professionals to help them increase their impact and maximize their potential. Micol is a trained and ICF credentialed executive coach and certified Immunity to Change™ Facilitator. Prior to her time at HUC, Micol served as the Director of the Experiential Jewish Education Network, where she combined her passions for creating powerful learning experiences and building a supportive network of colleagues that fosters connection and collaboration. Micol has also served as the National Director of NFTY, as a consultant at The Jewish Education Project training and mentoring Jewish professionals in the field of teen engagement, and as Director of Education at synagogues across the country and in England. She is an alum of the Generation Now Fellowship through The Jewish Education Project, and a current fellow in the Educational Leadership Program through the Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership. Micol received her M.A. in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles and her B.A. in Communication at the University of Southern California. She lives in Natick, MA with her husband Rabbi Danny Burkeman and their two children, Gabriella and Benjamin.


Area of Work

  • AS&B - After School and Beyond
  • CL - Congregational Learning
  • EC - Early Childhood
  • FE - Family Engagement
  • T - Teens

Resource Topic

  • Leadership


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