Leadership doesn’t happen by accident. For both professionals and Jewish organizations, we provide resources to attract, nurture and retain leaders. We also help volunteers match their skills and interests to find a fit that works best for them, the organization, and the community.

Community Leadership Development

Leaders and volunteers can grow and thrive at Federation and throughout Jewish Atlanta. See how we support your leadership potential and develop your skills.  

Federation fosters a number of leadership programs to provide training and development for different stages of leadership growth such as:

• Jacobson Leadership Institute
• Legacy Heritage OnBoard Program
• Wexner Heritage Program
• Frank Mission


Leadership Resources

Wisdom Pairings Program

Would you benefit from one-on-one mentorship from a community member with shared interests or skills?


The next generation of leaders is already here! Click here to learn how NextGen can help you develop as a leader.


JumpSpark helps cultivate leadership skills in teens that last a lifetime.

PJ Kids Leadership Squad

You’re never too young to lead! Learn more about our PJ Kids Leadership Squad.

Committee work and other volunteer opportunities are also great ways to develop leadership skills. Want to get involved? Let us know what you’re interested in!

Jewish Communal Professionals Leadership Development

Through the JPro professional association, Federation takes the lead on bringing Atlanta Jewish communal professionals together to promote a learning culture and to most effectively lead our community.

Jewish Education Collaborative works to see the success of every Jewish educator.

Leadership Programs

Jacobson Leadership Institute 

Jacobson Leadership Institute (JLI) is a think tank and training ground for adaptive leadership and good governance within Jewish Atlanta’s communal organizations. This Federation-run program brings in local and national experts to help facilitate discussions and training about Jewish community leadership in the face of limited resources. JLI provides educational opportunities for a cohort of lay leader representatives of synagogues, day schools, agencies and organizations who are typically newer to midway in their leadership journey, with the goal of building a coalition of informed community leaders to help strengthen their own organizations and the Atlanta Jewish community.  Participants in the program are nominated by participating organizations.

Legacy Heritage OnBoard Program 

OnBoard is a leadership and organizational development program brought to Atlanta by the Legacy Heritage Foundation that is designed to prepare the next generation of lay leadership for their governing bodies. This fellowship program empowers highly motivated and committed board members by providing them with the knowledge, skills and field experience necessary to become effective board leaders. Their agencies are provided with grant opportunities in support of capacity building initiatives and projects. The OnBoard seminar series, coaching, project work and grant opportunities are designed to generate dramatic near- and long-term impact on participating Jewish organizations, resulting in their enhanced vibrancy and the capacity to grow and flourish. Participants in the program are selected via an application process after being nominated by a Jewish Atlanta organization.

Wexner Heritage Program 

The Wexner Heritage Program, run by the Wexner Foundation, is a two-year Jewish study experience with an additional focus on leadership. The mission of the program is to expand the vision of Jewish volunteer leaders, deepen their Jewish knowledge and confidence and inspire them to exercise transformative leadership in the Jewish community. The program fulfills this mission by educating up-and-coming Jewish lay leaders in the history, thought, texts and contemporary leadership challenges of the Jewish People. Participants in the program are nominated by alumni of the program and selected by the Wexner Foundation via an application process. Upon completion of the program, Federation works closely with these lay leaders to help them translate their passions into service opportunities within our Jewish community.

Frank Mission  

The Frank Family and Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta created the Frank Leadership Mission in order to engage the next generation of leaders in our community. The mission seeks to inspire and deepen an individual’s love for the State of Israel, appreciation for the importance of our community and to develop a greater understanding of the role that Federation plays in each. After the mission Federation works with participants to help them translate their passions into service opportunities within our Jewish community.