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Leadership Va'adah/Seminar

Judaism and Leading our Future

The “Judaism and Leading our Future” seminar aims to empower and enrich our TIC learners as they become leaders in the TIC community.  This seminar may be of interest to those who are leaders in USY, serve as Teen TECH coaches and consultants, or are interested in other leadership roles in our community.

In this seminar, teens will explore leadership styles through real life experiences.  Through these experiences, they will develop awareness and decisiveness, promote cooperation, and inspire confidence.  Potential internships available.

In both formal and informal settings such as Youth events, summer camps, and as Teen TECH coaches, our teens are Jewish leaders and serve as role models. Meeting weekly, this cohort will build community through shared learning experiences and will have the opportunity to troubleshoot the challenges they face in various roles.  By exploring how their own beliefs and Jewish lives impact their work as leaders, they will think critically about their impact as a Jewish leader.

Learning will include sessions with visiting leaders in the business, medicine, law, journalism and more.

Target audience:

All TIC high school teens who serve as USY leaders and/or counselors in a camp setting, Teen TECH coaches and consultants, and any teens interested in learning more about leadership.


Weekly meetings and dinner over the course of the fall and spring semesters, including one Shabbat dinner experience and/or overnight experience are envisioned. Weekly meetings are broken down as follows:

  • Dinner and community building (Wednesday nights, 6:30-6:55pm)
  • Learning around that week’s topic (Wednesday nights, 7- 7:55pm)


Possible organizations willing to partner with us in the form of “donating” guest educators or in other ways:

  • Business schools
  • Ed Rimland, Senior analyst Silver Fern, Warton graduate
  • David Light, former Wall Street Executive and business entrepreneur
  • Andy Blau, President of Time/Life Magazine
  • Danny Bernstein, founder and CEO of Backyard Sports and Friends of Backyard Sports
  • White Plains Hospital, GideonSchwartz
  • KIND bars, David Lipitzky

Curriculum Breakdown

Note: This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change based on the interests of our teens



Essential Questions

Possible Resources

Week 1

 Jewish Leadership

  • How do I define leadership/being a leader?
  • What is Jewish about leadership?
  • How do I bring passion and excitement to my role as a Jewish leader?


Week 2

Taking Care of Each Other

  • What is our responsibility to take care of others in our community?
  • What is the Jewish way and value regarding the less fortunate?
  • What can I learn from people that I view as less fortunate?

Adina Lichtman, teen founder of Knock, Knock, Give a Sock

Week 3

What does this look like in real life?

  • What motivates people to take care of others?
  • How do people create opportunities to live what they believe and are passionate about?


Danny Bernstein: Friends of Backyard Sports

Week 4

Business Leadership and Ethics

  • How do Jewish values inform business decisions?
  • What do you do if one’s values conflict with business practice or with the business I work for?


Week 5

Real life experiences

  • What does this look like in real life?
  • How do you apply Jewish ethics to real life business situations?

KIND bars or David Light

Week 6

Medicine and Bioethics

  • How do Jewish values inform medical decisions?
  • What do you do if one’s values conflict with medical practice?


Week 7

Real life experiences

  • What does this look like in real life?
  • How are Jewish ethics applied to real life medical situations?


Week 8

Communication and Ethics

  • How do Jewish values inform the way I communicate both in person and via social media?