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Executive Leadership Institute

About ELI:

FJC has long invested in field professionals, developing and implementing some of the most highly regarded professional development opportunities in the Jewish professional world.  With generous support from The Marcus Foundation, FJC created the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) in 2006 to improve Jewish summer camps by significantly upgrading the leadership and management skills of camp directors.  ELI has graduated 52 participants in the three cohorts, the last of which ended five years ago in 2012.  Many of these graduates have described the program as the training that has most positively influenced their careers and professional development.

With the continued support of the Marcus Foundation, FJC will build upon the success of the first three ELI programs to provide executive training for a fourth cohort of up to 18 camp directors and executive directors from a diverse cross-section of overnight Jewish summer camps.  Over the course of 19 months, the ELI IV Fellows will convene for six sessions of intensive training with support and interim work between sessions.  Using experts and recognized leaders from various disciplines from the business world and the nonprofit sector, the program will challenge the Fellows to widen their lens of leadership and management.

ELI IV will focus on the following six content/skill areas:

  • Camp Vision and Strategic Plan
  • Communication and Marketing
  • Customer Excellence
  • Business, Financial and Operational Management
  • Board Development and Fundraising
  • Staff Training & Development

Eligible candidates:

  • Are full-time, year-round directors of non-profit overnight Jewish camps
  • Have at least five years of full-time senior professional experience in the Jewish Camp Field
  • Preference will be given to professionals who have completed an Advanced Degree

How to apply:

  1. Overview: View the ELI IV Program Overview for more information and details surrounding mandatory dates of the program.
  2. Pre- Application: Each applicant must complete an online application hereA PDF version of the application can be viewed here, but only online applications will be accepted.

All application elements are due by end of day December 22nd, 2017.

Questions? Please contact Julie Finkelstein, Director, Leadership Development
Email: Julie@jewishcamp.org
Phone: 646-278-4519


Alumni Quotes

  • “ELI was the single greatest professional management experience of my 18 years as a camp director. It gave me not only the skills and training to be a better Jewish camp director but gave me a cohort that to this day I still call on as my support system.”


  • “There is no question that the ELI program had a crucial impact on my development as a leader and professional. Besides the excellent skills development in critical areas such as fundraising, board development and strategic thinking, and financial management – I believe the most dramatic change for me came in my self-confidence as a leader. When working at the helm of an organization that has generations of tradition and history it takes supreme confidence to have a vision that may be at odds with the status quo, and to move forward with that vision and bring the community along with you. ELI gave me the skills and tools to do just that.”


  • “The ELI experience allowed me to take my leadership to the next level immediately, as well as in a sustainable way. I gained real skills, an enlightened perspective and a cohort of peers/mentors.  I continue to use the things that I learned in the program, as well as lean on the cohort that I was a part of during the experience.”