Mandel Program for Social Leadership 2018

The Mandel Program for Social Leadership

The Mandel Program for Social Leadership, which opened in 2017-2018, aims to train a group of high quality leaders who will lead change in various areas of life in Israel’s North and improve the quality of life of all its residents. The full-time program provides full tuition and a stipend for living expenses for the entire year.​​

The Mandel Foundation–Israel seeks to contribute to the flourishing of Israel as a just, inclusive, and compassionate society, and to improve the quality of life of the country’s residents. Based on its belief that outstanding leadership is the key to thriving institutions, societies, and states, the Foundation has invested in educational and social leadership training in Israel for more than 25 years. Recently, the Foundation decided to expand its circle of influence and establish a new program for social leadership in Northern Israel.

We believe that leaders are formed through a process of education and active involvement in entrepreneurial activity alongside values clarification, self-examination, and learning. For this reason, the program will comprise studies in six academic fields, together with practical work on issues and problems that encourage entrepreneurial and systemic thinking.

The program is designed for men and women, Arabs and Jews, who are involved in social action, wish to lead change for the better, and are willing to invest in study and in improving their ability to promote a worthy social vision.​

The first cohort of the program, which is running from September 2017 to September 2018, comprises 10 outstanding fellows, who are participating in a full-time course of study throughout the year. Fellows devote all their time to the program, and receive full tuition and a stipend for living expenses for the entire year.

​Program Structure​

The Mandel Program for Social Leadership is based on three main components:  

1. Theoretical study in six subject areas

  • Philosophy – ethics; exploring visions of the good society and what it means to be a mensch
  • Economics – main challenges and opportunities facing the Israeli economy; basic concepts in micro- and macro-economics
  • Public law – basic concepts in public law and the Israeli legal system
  • Policy – understanding the intricacies of the policy process and learning to draft policy papers and action memos
  • Government and politics – understanding the machinery of democratic government and the role of local governance
  • Society in Israel – main challenges and opportunities facing Israeli society​
​These theoretical studies provide the foundations for the program’s hands-on, experiential learning components.​​

2. Workshops focusing on four subjects 

  • Leadership – clarifying the question of leadership and its bearing on the life of social leaders and entrepreneurs 
  • Management – equipping fellows with the managerial and technical know-how that is needed to realize their vision
  • Media – communication toolkit for leading change
  • Special Projects – inviting fellows to tackle difficult challenges of meaningful social change so as to come up with creative ideas and solutions; learning from the experience of social entrepreneurs

​3. Personal projects

Each fellow will work on a personal undertaking, which is developed over the year. They receive close support from professional mentors, counselors, and consultants with expertise in different aspects of leading social enterprises.

Registration for Cohort 2 of this program (2018-2019) ended on March 11, 2018.



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