Mandel Leadership Institute (MLI)

MLI is focused on developing individuals who demonstrate the propensity and desire for high-caliber training in advanced Jewish leadership.

MLI emphasizes leadership, the idea of Jewish peoplehood, and key issues related to your role in the community. With curriculum developed by renowned leadership guru Dr. Erica Brown, MLI participants are exposed to thought-provoking and practical materials that can be applied to their leadership in the community.

For more information, contact Lindsay Hirsch, Sr. Director of Leadership Development, at 561.242.6638 or lindsay.hirsch@jewishpalmbeach.org.


Click here to apply to participate in MLI Cohort #5. The cohort will be active from October 2022 to May 2023.

MLI Leadership

Michelle Kohn
MLI Chair, Cohort 5

Click here to see a list of Chairs of previous MLI cohorts.

Click here to see participants of MLI cohorts 1-8.

MLI Cohort #5 Facilitator

Lindsay Hirsch

Lindsay Hirsch brings leadership and professional expertise to the Palm Beaches with her extensive experience in the nonprofit sector. Her areas of knowledge include professional/volunteer relations, leadership and effective team building. As Senior Director of Leadership Development for Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, she sustains a successful leadership pipeline, manages high-caliber community trainings in advance Jewish leadership and engages the growing Jewish population in Jewish Palm Beach. She works closely with all Federation departments, community agencies and synagogues to create partnerships and cultivate leaders. Lindsay directly facilitates the Mandel Leadership Institute (MLI), as well as oversees both the Emerging Leadership Program (ELP) and JPro of the Greater Palm Beaches chapter. She was proud to be a part of the team that had a hand in developing the national JPro Well Advised initiative. Lindsay participated in the Next Gen Jewish Federation Fellowship through Jewish Federations of North America as a part of the inaugural cohort. She obtained a master of public administration degree from Norwich University in Non-Profit Management and her bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Florida State University. She is President of the Board of Directors of Temple Beth Am in Jupiter, where the engagement of 500 families remains vitally important. Lindsay and her husband reside in Palm Beach Gardens with their twins.

Why am I involved?

“The Mandel Center for Leadership empowers both volunteer and professional leaders to meet the new challenges of this quickly evolving world. It provides the tools for the community to develop new generations of committed and focused individuals who will enhance the interconnected Jewish community of Palm Beach County, the nation and our world.”

~ Steve Ellison

Why am I involved?

“MLI is an ideal opportunity for people looking to take the next step as leaders in our community. With a nationally recognized curriculum by a Jewish communal leadership icon, MLI will empower the next great leaders of this community to strengthen their ability to be inspiring and impactful.”
~ Jonathan Chane

Interested in getting involved?

Tell us a little about yourself in this form, and we will help you find the opportunities that fit your interests.

For more information contact Lindsay Hirsch, Director, Leadership Development, at 561.242.6638 or lindsay.hirsch@jewishpalmbeach.org