The success of Jewish organizations in fulfilling their various missions depends to a considerable extent on their ability to retain and promote skilled, experienced and committed Jewish professionals, especially in the face of the impending leadership gap in the Jewish communal sector. This thesis consists of a needs assessment and feasibility study for a potential Center for Jewish Professional Leadership, conducted through interviews with executives of Jewish organizations in Los Angeles, a survey distributed to Jewish communal professionals, and a review of existing professional development programs, Jewish and secular, local and national. Our research shows that both employees and executives value professional development; however, more work needs to be done to generate the support necessary to launch an enterprise like the CJPL. The thesis, therefore, garnered insight into potential communal partnerships, delivery methods, formats, constituencies, and desirable skills and topics for professional development. We believe that as the next steps towards launching a professional development program, the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management should engage in further research, partnership-building, and pilot programs. A Center for Jewish Professional Leadership is an attainable and desirable goal, and it clearly warrants additional cultivation.
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Kinkade, Rachel. Malkin, Julia. Professional Development in the Los Angeles Jewish Communal Sector: A Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study for a Center for Jewish Professional Leadership. HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly School of Jewish Communal Service) Masters Theses. Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion School of Jewish Communal Service. April 2011: