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The 2015-16 Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Development Class, from left: Ming Marx, Andrew Gluck, Ari Vinokur, Michelle Zaltsberg, Jessica Hoch, Heidi Zissman, Sam Friedman, Marissa Branisavljevic,  Mollie Savage and Alaina Wilder. (not pictured: Isaac Greenberg).

Bornstein Class of 2015-16


On Tuesday, October 13, 2015, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando convened the inaugural session of its 2015-2016 Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Development Program at the home of Roz Fuchs Schwartz.  The program, currently co-chaired by Patricia Bornstein and Rachel Gebaide, both Bornstein graduates, is designed to develop future leaders for the Central Florida Jewish Community.


Graduates of the Bornstein program have gone on to serve on boards and hold top leadership positions at many of Central Florida's synagogues and Jewish agencies. Participants will learn how to assess and maximize their leadership styles; effective board, meeting, and volunteer management; specific challenges and opportunities related to the Jewish community, both locally and nationally; engagement around Israel; and how to define their own Jewishness to better understand and appreciate a chosen path to serving the community. 


After completion of the program, each graduate will serve a one-year board internship at the local Jewish agency or synagogue of his/her choice.

Bornstein Class of 2016

Each of the new graduates made pledges about their future service to the Jewish community.

About the Bornstein Program

Mission: The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando’s Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Development Program is designed to develop future leaders for the Central Florida Jewish community. Past graduates of the program have gone on to serve on boards and hold top leadership positions in Jewish organizations locally, nationally and internationally.


Curriculum: The program is a deep dive into Central Florida’s Jewish community, offering sessions on the mission and goals for each local Jewish agency as well as the community’s history and development. It is composed of nine once-monthly evening sessions, an overnight Shabbat retreat, one half-day retreat focused on leadership skills (e.g., assessing and maximizing leadership style; effective board, meeting and volunteer management; effective communications), and a group capstone project.


Eligibility: 15 or fewer individuals are selected each class year to participate. Much of the Bornstein Program's success is attributable to the outstanding quality of the people selected to participate. Applicants must show leadership potential and the propensity to get engaged with the Central Florida Jewish community; have demonstrated civic or community engagement; do not plan to relocate out of Central Florida; and submit a well-written application along with two references. An in-person interview is also required. Professionals younger than 45 are preferable, but outstanding nominees outside this parameter will be considered. 


Expectations: Participants must attend all sessions and retreats. A gift to JFGO's Annual Campaign, at a level that is personally meaningful, is expected. At the end of the program, each participant will publicly pledge involvement with his or her selection of a local Jewish organization, agency or synagogue; involvement can be at the board, committee or volunteer level, depending on the individual and the needs and requirements of the organization. Pending a successful Annual Campaign, participants who demonstrate exceptional leadership commitments and abilities may be eligible for certain subsidized travel opportunities under the Jewish Federations of North America’s Leadership Development umbrella.


Administrative Details: Completed applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7. You will be contacted for a follow-up interview by the middle of June. Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the program by mid-July. Accepted applicants pay a fee of $360, which covers all program expenses, including the overnight retreat. The fee can be paid in full or through a monthly payment plan. Financial aid is available.


If you have any questions or would like additional information about the program, please contact Marli Porth, JFGO’s Director of Community Relations and Leadership Development, at or at (407) 645-5933, ext.233