About the Center

The Mandel Center for Leadership in the North was founded by the Mandel Foundation–Israel in 2013 with the aim to contribute to the development of Israel’s northern region by developing human capital – investing in men and women, Jews and Arabs, who have the passion to change reality and the willingness to invest in self-improvement.

The Center’s activities are grounded in the belief that leaders are formed through education and involvement in innovative action, accompanied by clarification of values, continuous learning, and self-examination. At the heart of the Center’s activity are programs for the development of social entrepreneurship and leadership, and programs for the promotion of regional leadership. These programs aim to create a space for learning and practice that enables participants to clarify their worldviews and promote ideas and initiatives at the local and regional levels. At the same time, the Center aims to empower participants and reinforce their motivation to go beyond the safe and the familiar in the effort to realize their vision. 

Participants in the Center’s programs include professionals in the civil service, local government, and civil society, as well as social entrepreneurs and activists, who wish to promote innovative ideas and local and regional initiatives, and to work together for the advancement of the public good.

The learning process combines theoretical studies with practical training that is relevant to each participant's professional interests and personal experience. The programs utilize a wide range of methodologies and pedagogies, from reading and analyzing texts to hands-on workshops and learning by doing; field and research trips; encounters with experts; lectures and intensive workshops; and more.


Over the course of their studies, participants in the Center’s programs develop a personal field project, for which they receive personal guidance from mentors, instructors, and consultants with expertise in various aspects of leading social enterprises.

In 2017, the Center adopted a regional work model, in lieu of the local-leadership model that had been employed previously. The new model seeks to enable people from Israel’s entire northern region to participate in the Center’s programs, thus allowing for proper, inclusive representation of all the diverse populations in the region.

The Center is directed by Miki Nevo, an educator and social entrepreneur, who was appointed to the position in August, 2020. A resident of Manof, a community in the Galilee, Miki has some 25 years’ experience in founding and managing social and educational organizations. The Center's faculty includes outstanding researchers, mentors, and experts from a range of intellectual and practical disciplines.

Candidates for the program undergo a thorough admissions process. The Center is interested in applicants who combine a passionate desire to achieve and improve with the discipline needed for learning, for attentiveness, and for putting into practice the lessons learned.

About the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation

"The hallmark of our philanthropy is our commitment to invest in people with the values, ability and passion to change the world." - Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel founded the Mandel Foundation in 1953 in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. The work of the Foundation is grounded in the belief that exceptional leaders, inspired by powerful ideas, are key to improving society and the lives of people around the world. 

The Mandel Foundation aims to contribute to the flourishing of the United States and Israel as just, inclusive, compassionate and democratic societies, and to improve the quality of life in both countries.

The Foundation’s philanthropic work is devoted to the following five areas of engagement: leadership development, management of nonprofits, humanities, Jewish life, and urban engagement.
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