The Joshua Institute

Cultivating Jewish leaders //

The Joshua Institute Leadership Program (JI) is an advanced leadership and skill development experience for Toronto’s Jewish leaders. The Joshua Institute Leadership Accelerator attracts, teaches, engages and inspires select volunteers who will go on to assume the mantle of leadership within UJA and the Jewish community at large.

Since 2008, the Joshua Institute has inspired its participants and provided a meaningful context for volunteerism and leadership opportunities within the framework of Jewish values.

This 15-month program is grounded in leading theory and practice, and is designed to cultivate the next generation of Jewish community leaders. JI participants are ages 27-45, are passionate about the Jewish community, and want to make a difference in Toronto. They are committed to gaining a deeper understanding of the Jewish communal landscape, exploring UJA’s role in the community, and seeing the impact philanthropy has in our city and throughout the Jewish world.

If you are interested in joining a future cohort of JI leaders, please contact Jodi Katzeff, Director of Engagement, UJA Genesis at:

Applications are due by February 25, 2022.


    // To create a cohort of engaged, experienced community leaders who can impact their networks using Jewish leadership skills to advance UJA's work in Jewish Toronto

    // To attract a group of leaders who are ready to advocate for UJA

    // To provide practical leadership skills and experiences that will prepare these leaders to assume roles of significance in the community

    // To offer insights into a successful, established organization built on legacy, as well as how to play a key role in accelerating creative and innovative contributions


    Applicants will be selected based on their track record of leadership within the Jewish community and beyond, future leadership potential, passion for solving community issues, and willingness to contribute positively to Jewish Toronto. If accepted, the program presents an incredible opportunity for participants to gain personal and professional leadership skills that will propel them into community involvement, as well as provide them with valuable tools to put into practice in their own professional and personal lives.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    // Ages 27-45

    // A passion for the Jewish community

    // A willingness to engage with important issues in order to make a difference

    // A demonstrated track record of leadership within and outside the Jewish community, through professional and volunteer experience


    The Joshua Institute program is designed to accommodate demanding schedules of accomplished emerging leaders. Therefore the curriculum is presented through three modules: the first offers a snapshot of the impact in the global Jewish community; the second provides a deeper understanding of how great leadership skills can be distinctively Jewish; and the final module guides participants through a focused application of these Jewish leadership skills through UJA and the local Jewish community.


    // Global Jewish community and impact: context, nuance and a space for innovation.

    // Making the case for Jewish enrichment: Understanding Jewish leadership .

    // Advanced local community leadership: Application of skills into UJA and Toronto Jewish community.

    Experiential and Group Learning Modalities over 15-months


    // Two full-day seminars (6 hours each)

    // Two half-day deep-dives (3.5 hours each)

    // One immersive experience

    // Social gatherings

    // Hands-on volunteer experiences


    // Eight webinars (75 minutes each)

    // Three vlog reflections (2 minutes each)

    // Enrichment readings and podcasts


    Upon completion, participants of the leadership accelerator will have:

    // Developed a strong network of peer leaders consisting of Jewish Toronto's Generations X and Y, who share a passion for advancing UJA’s mission and key strategic priorities and see themselves as champions for UJA.

    // Invested in themselves to become appropriately equipped to innovate community solutions through an enriching leadership experience.

    // Gained exposure to top Jewish community catalysts, deepening their understanding of today's global Jewish landscape shaped by key established and emerging leaders.

    // Strengthened and deepened a commitment to active participation in Jewish communal life through network weaving, leadership development and Jewish identity exploration.

For more information please contact Jodi Katzeff at

Applications are due by February 25, 2022.

Thank you for your interest in The Joshua Institute. The application and nomination period has now ended and we look forward to starting the program. If you have any questions, please contact Jodi Katzeff at