Yesod Young Leadership Program


Yesod, the Hebrew word for foundation, aptly describes this vital initiative for the Greater New Haven Jewish community. The goal of the Yesod Community Leadership Development Program is to support our community by aiding the development of excellent volunteer leadership.

We are so excited to be able to provide this amazing nationally created leadership program to help build the lay leadership of all of our local area partners!

The Yesod curriculum was developed through the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning and was written by Dr. Erica Brown. This course of study, Yesodot Manhigut: Essentials for Jewish Leadership Today, offers insights into personal and organizational leadership through Jewish perspective. Course content will merge Judaic text study, business skills, leadership theory, and experiential application. The sessions will be taught by esteemed educator, Sydney Perry.

The Yesod program will accept 20 participants and will consist of 8 sessions and a possible weekend retreat. The sessions will take place on Tuesday evenings (March 7, 21, April 4, 25, May 9, 23, June 6, 20) from 6pm-9pm at various locations in the Greater New Haven and shoreline areas.

Developing potential leaders is the most important factor in ensuring the long term success of our community. Graduates of the YESOD Community Leadership Development Program will help shape our future.

For nomination or participation information, please contact Olga Markus at