Why is this important?

Committed, knowledgeable and skilled leaders are the most important element in the capacity of the organized Jewish community to meet needs, mobilize resources and interact effectively within society. Systematic efforts to recruit, train and place emerging leaders, as well as to grow and retain established leaders, takes place within individual agencies, organizations, synagogues, as well as on the community-wide level. UJA’s Joshua Institute for Jewish Communal Leadership, established in 2009, is the flagship community-wide leadership development program. UJA’s Joshua Institute is responsible for two programs that are offered in alternate years; 1) The Future Leaders Program—which cultivates the skills of young leaders, and 2) The Executive Education Program – which supports senior lay leaders and Executive Directors of community organizations.

What are the trends?

In 2015, The Joshua Institute offered high level, interactive lectures and workshops to 21 emerging young leaders representing a cross section of the Jewish community. In 2014, 20 senior lay leaders and executives participated in the Executive Education Program.

Thirteen Toronto Jewish residents also participated in the 2015 JFNA (Jewish Federations of North America) National Young Leadership Cabinet – a major continental leadership development effort.

This data presents a partial picture and reports on one program. There is a systematic effort to engage graduates of UJA Joshua Institute Future Leaders Program and throughout the Jewish community. Over time we hope to use the Dashboard to track our progress.

How are we doing?

According to data provided to the Dashboard, over 90% of alumni of the Joshua Institute Future Leaders Program are engaged in leadership roles in GTA.