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Notable Alumni in the Community

- Shoshana Dweck, (2007) is now UJF President.

- Rich Vogel, (2007) is now the President of the JCC.

- Sharon Yudell, (2007) is the 2012 recipient the Harvey A. Peltz Young Leadership Award.

- Rachel Maryles, (2012) has just been made the Campaign Chair for the UJA of Greenwich 2012-2013 campaign.

- Ellen Weber, (2012) has just been appointed president of the Women's Philanthropy Board for UJF.

- Dana Horowitz, (2012) is on the UJF and TBE Board of Directors and is the new Campaign chair for the UJF 2012-2013 campaign.

- Lisa Manheim, (2012) has been appointed to the TBE Board of Directors.

Claudia E. Lubin

Director of the Behrend Institute for Leadership
(203) 554-4995

    Congratulations to the 2012 Behrend Fellows

    The Behrend Institute for Leadership



    Download the 2012-2013 Curriculum
    Learn all about this year's curriculum including topics being covered.




    Download the 2012-2013 Application
    Please note that you MUST be pre-approved by your nominating organization before you apply. Please contact them or Claudia Lubin before downloading this application! more



    Download the Brochure for the Behrend Institute
    Find out who is chosen for the Institute, what local organizations participate and what topics & methodology are studied.




    Download the 2012-2013 Schedule of Sessions
    The schedule includes nine sessions -- seven weekday evenings and two Sunday sessions.



    Download the Program Goals for 2012-2013
    Learn about the goals each session will aim to accomplish, giving you a full tool box of leadership skills.



    Click here to see a list of all the graduates from the Behrend Institute of Leadership
    Six classes, 113 graduates, 13 different organizations. All working to make a better community.



    What is the Behrend Institute for Leadership?
    The Behrend Institute for Leadership is a nine session, multi faceted program designed to prepare graduates for leadership roles within the organizations which nominate them and for community wide positions of leadership. It was developed by the United Jewish Federation in partnership with local synagogue and Jewish agency leadership. The program is being offered at no cost to participants as a result of a generous grant provided by Stephne and Kerrin Behrend. 

    Have you ever considered a leadership role in your synagogue or agency? Or perhaps you are unaffiliated with any one organization but still feel you have the potential to become a leader of the Jewish community? If you answered yes to either of these questions, The Behrend Institute for Leadership is the perfect place for you.  The Institute will help you to acquire or hone the skills necessary for lay leadership positions in the Jewish community.


    "I want to thank you so much for the privilege and the honor to have participated in such a powerful program. All of the sessions were thought-provoking and motivating on so many levels. Little did I know when I was accepted, how rich the experience would be and how it would broaden (and in some cases change) my perspective on leadership. I met great people that I would not have met otherwise (how ironic that we all serve the same Jewish community!) and have engaged in lively and deep conversations. The skills and knowledge that I have learned will certainly be put to good use as I become a more effective and progressive leader.  I clearly understand that along with the privilege of becoming a Behrend fellow comes a responsibility to be a better Jewish leader."
              - Melissa Spiesman, representing Temple Sinai

    Testimonial of Sharon Kaplove, Behrend Graduate ('06-'07)
    Representing Temple Sinai

    My experience as a Behrend fellow has been an enlightening one. Month by month we have had a brilliant array of experts in a variety of fields...

    Personal Accounts from Behrend Fellows
    What Graduates Have Said About the Behrend Institute

    “Really well done & truly worthwhile. Hat’s off for putting this group together. Every presenter was terrific. One truly impressive aspect was the brainpower of the group. Smart, smart, smart – and you just can’t buy that. Well done!”                                                                                      -- Rich Vogel, Representing the Stamford Jewish Community Center