Bringing Jewish leaders together to bridge communities globally

The Kaplan Leadership Initiative equips young, Jewish leaders from the Former Soviet Union, Europe and Latin America with the knowledge, skills and support they need to build strengthen and grow their own Jewish communities.

Each Kaplan Leadership Initiative cohort consists of regional programs, run in the Former Soviet Union, Europe and Latin America. Each regional program includes 3 regional gatherings, each focusing on a major theme in leadership while integrating Jewish content and exploring the vibrant Jewish life of each region.

In addition, all regional groups gather for a week-long seminar at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago, United States, where fellows will network, share experiences and strengthen global Jewish leadership identity.

To learn more about the Initiative’s training in each region—and to apply to join our upcoming cadre of leaders—click on the area in which you live below.

The program focuses on 4 content areas



Jewish content
and context


Kaplan Leadership Initiative Fellows fulfill the following requirements

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Between 25-40 years old


Currently employed in a
professional, full time position
within the Jewish community
in the FSU, Europe or
Latin America.


Speak and understand English at a sufficient level.


At least 5 years of professional
experience in Jewish