JCPA Frank Family Leadership Institute

The Frank Family Leadership Institute is a unique mentoring opportunity for emerging leaders who want to be active in the Jewish community relations field that focuses on public policy and advocacy, civic engagement, and intergroup/interfaith relations.  Our aim is to build the leaders of tomorrow for the community relations network at the national and local levels.

The Frank Fellows Leadership Institute is a 10-month program run by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA).  The Fellowship program includes educational webinars, a Poland/Israel Mission, and attendance at the JCPA National Conference.    The friends you make in this program remain close as part of our vibrant alumni group.

Participants will be inspired to be leaders in the national JCPA, working side by side with the top senior leadership of JCPA in meetings and programs, and involved in their local Jewish community relations councils (JCRCs).

The Institute will select 10 qualified candidates from across the United States to make-up the 2019-220 cohort.  This cohort will be made-up of a select cadre of committed participants who have been active in their local JCRC, an NGO or Federation.  Participants should have a background in Jewish civil engagement, issue-based advocacy or public policy, government affairs, or experience working in public affairs interacting with the non-Jewish community.

The Institute includes:

  • A mission to Poland, visiting Warsaw and Krakow
  • A mission to Israel which includes meeting with key decision makers and experts
  • Educational webinars on priority issues of the Jewish community
  • Training in the Community Relations field
  • Participation at the JCPA annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Important Dates To Consider

All participants are required to participate in the dates below:

  • December 5-8, 2019 – Mission to Poland (departs evening December 4 from New York)
  • December 8 – 13, 2019 – JCPA Leadership Mission to Israel
  • February 8-11, 2020 – JCPA annual Conference

Cost of the program: $1200 participants/ $1000 from Federations/JCRCs

The majority of the costs are underwritten by the generous donation of the Frank Family who make this Institute possible. This includes international travel, double occupancy accommodations, food, and programming.

Applications are due by July 30, 2019. Applicants will be notified of the selections by the end of August.


The program seeks creative, energetic leaders who have the inclination, as well as time and resources, to become more involved in JCRC and JCPA leadership. In order to create the optimal opportunity for mentoring and intimate learning, the Institute will be limited to 8 to 10 people per year. The target age group is 30-45, but there are no hard and fast limits. The program will run from September 2019 through May 2020. Those who are accepted into the program must participate in the Fellowship Mission to Poland and Israel (December 5- December 13, 2019) and in the 2019 JCPA Conference in Washington, D.C. Additional webinars will be announced during the fellowship.

QUALIFICATIONS (Please note, not all are required for acceptance to program)

The selection committee will take into account the following areas in consideration of who will be accepted in the program. Age, gender, and geographic area will be considered to create a diverse group. We are looking for individuals with the time and resources to become involved both locally and with the JCPA.

  • Involvement/Leadership in local JCRC
  • Involvement/Leadership in other Jewish community organizations, local and/or national
  • Involvement/Leadership in general community organizations
  • Involvement/Leadership in profession (if applicable)
  • Donor to Federation
  • Donor to JCRC (if applicable)

Please contact Haya Luftig at with any questions you or the potential nominee may have. Previous participants in the Frank Family Institute are available to speak to potential participants if you would find that helpful.