There is a famous saying in the Talmud, "As a leader, so the generation; as the generation, so the leader."
Today I want to talk about Federation's Bornstein Leadership Development Program, which has produced several generations of Jewish community leaders. My guest writer today is Marli Porth, Federation's Community Relations and Leadership Development Director, who for the past two years has ably directed the Bornstein Program. Unfortunately for us, Marli and her family are returning to Boston this summer, and I am looking for a talented and motivated person to replace her.
If you look around the Jewish community in Greater Orlando, you'll find that many of the current and former leaders of our agencies and synagogues have something in common -- they are among the 126 graduates of JFGO's Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Development Program. Since its inception in 1991, the program, named for longtime civil rights advocate and renowned attorney Jerome J. "Jerry" Bornstein, has been extremely successful in its mission to develop leaders for the Central Florida Jewish community. Graduates of the program have gone on to serve on boards and hold top leadership positions in Jewish organizations locally, nationally and internationally. The program is chaired by Patricia Bornstein and Rachel Gebaide, both graduates.
Currently, Bornstein alumni serve on the boards of (drumroll, please) Central Florida Hillel, Congregation Ohev Shalom, Congregation of Reform Judaism, the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center, Jewish Academy of Orlando, Jewish Family Services, Jewish National Fund-Orlando, The Jewish Pavilion, Kinneret, the Roth Family JCC, Temple Israel and TOP Jewish Foundation. Bornstein alumnus and Orlando's own Bruce Gould is the National Major Gift Chair and Assistant Vice President of the Jewish National Fund USA. Here at JFGO, President Rhonda Forest, Annual Campaign co-chairs Danielle Krise and Eric Sugarman, and the new co-chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council, Michelle Zaltsberg, are Bornstein alumni. We are very proud of the more than 20 years worth of positive impact the Bornstein Program has had on our community. It is an excellent example of "that's why there's Federation" -- to train, cultivate and inspire generations of leaders for Jewish Orlando.
The program is a deep dive into Central Florida's Jewish community, with nine once-monthly evening sessions, an overnight Shabbat retreat, one half-day retreat focused on leadership skills, and a group capstone project. Each class year finds just fifteen or fewer individuals selected to participate; much of the program's success is attributable to the outstanding quality of those who are accepted.
- Marli Porth
I am pleased to announce that the application process for the 2017-18 Bornstein Program has begun. If you or someone you know would be a good candidate for this program, I encourage you to read more and apply online. Applications are due by June 7. We are excited to see who our next generation of community leaders will be!
The Bornstein Leadership Development Program is made possible by your generous support of the Federation's Annual Campaign. If you haven't made your contribution this year, now is the time. Help us connect with young people and develop new leadership for the next generation. Click here to make your gift.
Thank you and Shabbat Shalom,