IF YOU ARE IN LINE AS A TOP LEADER of a synagogue, Jewish agency, day school or other Jewish organization in our community, the ACHARAI Fellows Program will serve you and your organization well.

FELLOWS COME TOGETHER over a 10-month period for interactive classes to grow their understanding of leadership theory through a Jewish lens.

• Participate in transformative leadership coaching
• Discover inspirational Jewish texts
• Network with top leaders in our Jewish community
• Learn the diverse challenges of today’s Jewish leaders

Every other year, a new cohort begins. Highly qualified leaders are selected (maximum of 22) via a competitive application process. Each applicant needs to submit an application, along with being nominated by their sponsoring organization. The tuition of the Fellows Program is $1,000 – organizations may choose to share the obligation with the nominee. In addition, there will be a $250 Program Fee that will cover all meals and class materials. Scholarships are available. For more information contact Beth H. Gansky, Executive Director.

“The ACHARAI Fellows Program (AFP) gave me the opportunity to talk about real-time issues and best practices with a cohort of presidents who had similar experiences. This resulted in a “safe space” where challenges and concerns were shared and solutions developed in a practical and useful way. The knowledge and expertise of our facilitator set the tone for useful, meaningful sessions. AFP has helped me grow my leadership skills and has provided me with invaluable relationships with other leaders in our community.”
Randi Buergenthal, Class V

The next ACHARAI Cohort will begin in September 2020!

Applications will be available on January 30, 2020 and acceptances will be sent out on May 1, 2020.

For more information please email Naami Schorr, nschorr@acharai.org.

Thank you to our AFP Class Sponsors!

Session 1 has been sponsored by:

The ACHARAI Board in memory of Rina Janet.

AFP Class V in memory of Cindy Braverman Hahn, sister of Nate Braverman.

Pam Platt in honor of her mother, Marion Straus’s yarzheit.

Maury Garten in memory of his brother, Lawrence M. Garten.

Session 2 has been sponsored by:

Class VI in memory of their classmate, Tom Dudley.

Session 3 has been sponsored by:

Jill Sapperstein in memory of Rina Janet and Tom Dudley.

Session 4 has been sponsored by:

Sam Dansicker & Joe DeMattos in honor of Louise Zirretta becoming president of the ACHARAI Board.

Session 5 has been sponsored by:

ACHARAI in honor of the wedding of Ellen and David Waghelstein’s daughter, Andrea.

Session 6 has been sponsored by:

Calla Samuels in honor of the marriage of her son Bobby to Yifat in Israel.

Naami and Yanky Schorr in honor of her grandfather’s yartzheit.

Session 7 has been sponsored by:

Sandy Cardin in memory of his mother, Shoshana Cardin on her birthday.

Session 8 has been sponsored by:

Howard Janet on the birth of his granddaughter, Ricki Leora Janet. 

Debs Weinberg in memory of her father, Eugene Silberman and father in law, Nathan Weinberg. 

Vicki Spira in honor of her 30th wedding anniversary! Mazel Tov!

Session 9 has been sponsored by:

Todd Tilson in memory of his father, Stuart Barry Tilson.

Session 10 has been sponsored by:

Debs Weinberg in memory of Rina Janet.

Session 11 has been sponsored by:

Sam Dansicker in memory of his mother, Shirley Dansicker’s yahrzeit.

Beth Goldsmith in honor of Cohort VII.

Session 12 has been sponsored by:

Mindy and Marc Dickler in honor of the 24th Yartzeit of Mindy’s father, Roy Sager, Reuven Tzvi  ben Simcha and in honor of Marc’s return to good health.

Ken and Sherri Bell in honor of the naming of their precious granddaughter Avery Bell Jackson, given the Hebrew name Shoshana Mayah bat Rachel v Jeff.

Session 13 has been sponsored by:

The 2018-2019 Ten Commandments students are proud to sponsor this ACHARAI class in honor of our outstanding teacher, Rabbi Nitzan Bergman, and our most gracious host Linda Hurwitz. In appreciation for creating this opportunity that deepened our understanding of the “anchor and compass” of the Ten Commandments, and for inspiring us to live our lives more meaningfully as we learned together in memory of our beloved Rena Janet.

Session 14 has been sponsored by:

Linda Himmelrich, in honor of Ned becoming President of ACHARAI and in memory of Alfred Himmelrich Jr., a role model of communal leadership.

Katie Applefeld in honor of her wonderful fellow classmates and staff/faculty, Ari, Ellen, Beth and Naami.

Vicki Spira in honor of all the ACHARAI professionals who made this experience amazing.

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