Emboldened leaders from vibrant communities

The Jewish communities of Latin America are getting more and more interconnected in a network of mutual enrichment, solidarity and responsibility. That fosters their unique perspectives and innovative ideas to our global network.


The Kaplan Leadership Initiative in Latin America is a partnership with JDC’s LEATID, which works to promote and sustain Jewish life by strengthening institutions and communities by supporting its leaders, both professional and volunteer. LEATID has been a backbone of Latin America’s Jewish communities for many years.

Frequently asked questions

The Kaplan Leadership Initiative in Latin America is part of LEATID, the Training and Development arm of JDC – Latin America. LEATID works to promote and sustain Jewish life in Latin America by strengthening institutions and communities by supporting its leaders, both professional and volunteer.

Kaplan Leadership Initiative Fellows fulfill the following requirements:

  • Between 25-40 years old.  
  • Hold an academic degree
  • Currently employed in a managerial position in the Jewish community in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in Jewish communal/educational frameworks.
  • Speak and understand English at a sufficient level.

The Kaplan Leadership Initiative in Latin America is partly funded by Ed and Carol Kaplan, the organization that promotes the participant and the participant himself/herself.

Costs include:

  • Round trip tickets to international seminars
  • Airport transfers within the city where the seminar is run
  • Same-gender shared accomodation during seminars
  • All meals during seminars
  • Various activities during seminars

Information on additional subsidies obtained through the participant’s local employer is available by emailing info@leatidlatam.org.

Applicants who meet all the qualifications (detailed above) will be notified by program staff in a timely manner. Applicants can expect to interview with several Kaplan Leadership Initiative staff members; the selected participants will be notified well before the beginning of each year’s program.

The Latin America Kaplan Leadership Initiative fellows are from a wide variety of Latin American countries, including the Carribiean. We strive to accept participants with a wide diversity of backgrounds, professional experiences and approaches to being Jewish.

Applicants must apply to participate in the fellowship in the geographic region in which they live: Latin America, Europe and the Former Soviet Union. If you live in Buenos Aires, for example, please apply through the Latin America page of this website.

Each cadre of fellows participates in the initiative for two year. This period includes four regional seminars and one international seminar which is held in Chicago, USA. These seminars generally last several days and include intensive skills training, collaboration and, of course, time to get to know each other. Outside of these four seminars, additional activities, meetings and learning opportunities are defined by the local partner organization.

Fellows who participate in all 4 seminars and complete all program tasks will be awarded the Spertus Certificate in Global Jewish Leadership, issued by the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership.

Yes. But please note that most of the content provided during the seminars and training is  in English, and the international seminar in Chicago is conducted solely in English. You must be proficient enough in English to understand and absorb the content of the training, and to communicate with other peers. The Kaplan Leadership Initiative will provide English classes as part of the training.  

The seminars in 2018 are as follows:
Regional Seminar #1: April 23 – 26
Regional Seminar #2: November 12-15.
The dates of face-to-face seminars in 2019 will be specified in the forthcoming months.
The first regional seminar will be held during the first semester of the year. The global seminar will be in October 2019 in Chicago and will last a full week. The concluding seminar will take place before the end of 2019.

No, each Kaplan fellow is required to attend all 4 seminars. We can work with you to explain to your supervisor why this program is important and how it will contribute to your work.

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