ELI 04.09.18

Mazel Tov to the Fourth Cohort of the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI)!

Mazel Tov to the Fourth Cohort of the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI)!

FJC is thrilled to announce the fourth cohort of the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI), a cohort program to advance the executive leadership skills of Jewish camp directors.

This pioneering professional development program for the 21st century camp director provides intensive training in business management, fundraising, and leadership skills. Camp directors work year-round, confronting challenges and dealing with issues a mayor of a town might meet including overseeing multi-million dollar budgets, hiring and supervising a staff of several hundred, managing communications, supervising physical sites, working with a boards of directors, initiating new programs, and much more. This one-of-a-kind program weaves together the best of private sector leadership and management training with Jewish values and ethics to create the premier training program for Jewish camp professional leaders.

The ELI IV group will join an impressive group of 52 ELI alumni who graduated from the first three cohorts, and continue to lead our field today. Many of these graduates have described the program as the training that has most positively influenced their careers. “ELI was the single greatest professional management experience of my 20 years as a camp director,” shared Helene Drobenare Horwitz, Director of Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake.  “It gave me the skills and training to be a better Jewish camp director and a cohort that to this day I still call on as my support system.”

“Being a participant in ELI gave me and our camp ‘permission’ to change. As a result of this, our board was transformed; our camps were also physically and programmatically changed” explained Louis Bordman, Director of URJ Eisner Camp. “There are new buildings, new activities and strategic plans that take us into the future.”

ELI is a 19-month professional development program funded through the generous support of the Marcus Foundation, which has backed the ELI program since its inception in 2006.