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The Greater Miami Jewish Federation is committed to developing Jewish leaders in our community. Join the OLAM Leadership Development Program and come together with a group of like-minded leaders to learn, build skills, explore your potential and connect with communal needs and challenges. You are an integral part of Miami's Jewish future.

If you have any questions, please contact Mimi Klimberg at 786.866.8410 or email at mklimberg@gmjf.org.


The OLAM Leadership Development Program is designed for local leaders on the move, those who are eager to invest energy in building their leadership capacity. Our six-session, flagship series is led by nationally recognized facilitators and local leaders, who share ideas and frameworks and provide participants with hands-on, useful tools and skills.

  • builds effective leadership skills, such as communications and effective listening.
  • deepens understanding of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, our community, and its Jewish agencies
  • exposes participants to key issues facing the Jewish community
  • furnishes participants with a Jewish framework for understanding various leadership styles

The OLAM Leadership Development Program nurtures and supports leaders on their own personal journey.

Program Dates:

Through interactive sessions, the program:

In addition, participants become part of a cohort of select future leaders. As you may know, OLAM Leadership Development Program alumni hold many high-level lay leadership positions in the community. The Greater Miami Jewish Federation is proud to invest in our future leaders.

Those who complete the program will receive support from our Human Resources Development Department, who will help new alumni chart a meaningful leadership path.

Session I
Your Leadership Journey | Monday, November 25, 2013

Rae Ringel, President of Ringel Group
The program opens with a deep dive into your personal values and choices. How have they led you to this point in your leadership journey? Map your past. Envision your future.

Session II
The Art of Communications for Leaders | Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Rae Ringel, President of Ringel Group
This hands-on session will give you tools to become a more robust, attune communicator, able to share ideas effectively and listen deeply to a broad subset of the community. Learn to connect with others and move ideas forward.

Session III
Sharing Your Vision Through Stories | Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Rae Ringel, President of Ringel Group
Identify and encapsulate core organizational messages, including your organization's unique mission and values. What distinguishes your organization from others? Learn to share your vision in a powerful and memorable way.

Session IV
Our Miami Jewish Community: Past and Future | Thursday, March 13, 2014

Jacob Solomon, President and CEO of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation
Learn about our Miami Jewish community. How has it evolved? Where is it headed? What are the key agencies that support local needs? Knowing the community is critical to your future leadership.

Session V
Jewish Leadership: Learning From Our Leaders | Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Rabbi Lauren Berkun, Director of Rabbinic and Synagogue Programs for the Shalom Hartmann Institute of North America
Our tradition teaches us much about leadership. Look at Biblical characters in a new light, understanding and analyzing their particular styles. See how our traditional leaders' distinctive traits help and hurt them along their leadership journey. Use these lessons to inform your own personal style.

Session VI
The Journey is Just Beginning: Develop Your Personal Action Plan | Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Select Lay and Professional Leaders
During this final, interactive session you will meet current leaders, both lay and professional. Find out about the exciting things happening in our Greater Miami Jewish Federation and its agencies. Begin to match your interest with opportunities that are aligned with your personal values and passion.

Other Learning and Gatherings
In addition to the six sessions, there will also be short readings between sessions that highlight important leadership ideas and illuminate current challenges in the Jewish community. They are intended to elevate the conversation and ensure that participants are up-to-date on relevant literature and ideas.

CLOSING: The program will conclude with a celebratory graduation ceremony for you to enjoy with your OLAM cohort and family.


Personal Information

Home Address

* Required information

Community Involvement

Please describe your Jewish journey. Why are you committed to Jewish life and the Jewish community?*

Describe any current and/or previous involvement in the Jewish and/or broader community, such as committee memberships, professional associations, etc. Include the organization, year and position held.*

What skills and qualities do you possess, both personally and professionally, that make you an effective leader?*

What do you hope to gain from your participation in the OLAM Leadership Institute?*


If you are accepted into the OLAM Leadership Development Program, we ask that you commit to full participation. The program will be held on the dates listed below from November through April. All sessions will be held at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, 4200 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. Since this is an interactive, hands-on program, participants will be asked to do assigned readings, engage in in-class and online discussions, and collaborate with other participants on a capstone project.

To ensure a meaningful interaction and the creation of a cohesive group, participants are expected to maintain active participation in the program. We highly encourage your participation at all six program sessions, and ask that you do not exceed more than one absence throughout the program.

The Greater Miami Jewish Federation is thrilled to sponsor the OLAM Leadership Development Program. This is a gift to the community. However, participants are asked to pay for the cost of kosher meals and books ($180).

By submitting this application, you understand the goals and commitments of the OLAM Leadership Development Program. If selected, you agree to devote the appropriate time necessary to be a contributing member of the group and look forward to assuming leadership roles within the community upon the culmination of the program.

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