LaunchPad Leadership equips leaders of Australian Jewish for-purpose organisations with the skills and resources to lead thriving organisations. Blending Jewish values with technical skills and leadership theory with experiential learning, the program is designed to nurture and develop a cohort of empowered leaders.

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Since 2020, we have facilitated… 


In the dynamic landscape of our time, the need for strong leadership, innovation, and collaboration has never been more crucial.

LaunchPad Leadership, a flagship initiative of the Australian Jewish Funders (AJF), stands at the forefront of leadership development. We strive to build a network of professional, lay, and philanthropic leaders capable of collaborating, innovating, and navigating complexities – all aimed at ensuring a thriving, vibrant, and engaged Jewish community in Australia.

As the network of funders inspiring effective philanthropy and strengthening the community, AJF has recognised the necessity to provide robust support mechanisms to our communal organisations and leaders, assisting them in harnessing the opportunities of today’s dynamic era.

We are excited to announce we will be facilitating a fourth cohort of LaunchPad Leadership. This cohort presents a significant development from previous ones – for the first time, we will be hosting an intensive, immersive three-day in-person retreat as part of the program. This retreat is designed to equip our community’s leaders with practical tools and insights while providing a unique opportunity for networking and collaboration.

Themes that will be explored include;


Personal Development

Jewish Leadership



And so much more…

Get a feel for the LaunchPad Leadership experience by watching the highlights package from the LaunchPad Leadership Alumni Retreat 2022:


Personal Leadership Growth

Through various introspective and reflective processes, leaders will be supported to develop self-awareness, embrace vulnerability and build empathy to become more attuned to their effectiveness.

Skill Development

As the world rapidly shifts and changes, it is increasingly important for leaders to be equipped with contemporary modalities to lead through contemporary challenges. The program will provide a series of cutting-edge skills and tools that can be applied and refined to the leaders’ unique leadership contexts.

A Leadership Cohort

Leaders need peers and confidants; people who they trust and with whom they can speak freely and authentically, as well as spaces that offer support and nurturance. This leadership journey is centred around the creation and curation of a cohort for its members to turn to and lean on.

Jewish Inspiration

We recognise the canon of Jewish text, thought and ritual as a source of inspiration for the soul and wisdom for leadership. Drawing on fundamental Jewish values and integrating Jewish sources, this unique experience will be focussed with a view to building Jewishly literate leaders in the community.

Executive Coaching

Each leader has individualised needs to assist them to lead their organisation through change. To enable specific skills required, participants will be provided with coaching opportunities to further develop skills they wish to strengthen.


We are looking for senior professional leaders (e.g. CEOs, executive directors and general managers) and lay leaders (e.g. board and committee members) of all life stages, those in a position of influence within Jewish communal life and from organisations that support them (e.g. foundations), from across the diverse Jewish landscape of Australia. Such individuals have a growth mindset and are open to learning and finding new ways to lead their organisations and communities.

To apply you must also:

  • Have the ability to participate fully in the virtual and in-person programming (please see program dates and times below).

  • Have the capacity to put your learning into practice by implementing new ideas within your leadership approach and organisation; and

  • Be open to cross-communal and inter-organisational partnerships, endeavours and projects for the benefit of the Australian Jewish community.


Applications have closed for LaunchPad Leadership 2023.

For any enquiries, please contact Rebecca.

0421 733 691 or



The program includes both virtual and in-person components.


August – November 2023

1 X 3 day immersive leadership retreat

4 X 2 hour virtual sessions

Individualised coaching component

Reading and preparation work


Virtual Session 1: Tuesday 22nd August, 12pm – 2pm

RETREAT: Monday 28th – Wednesday 30th August 2023

Virtual Session 2: Tuesday 3 October 2023, 10am – 12pm

Virtual Session 3: Tuesday 31 October 2023, 10am – 12pm

Virtual Session 4: Tuesday 21 November 2023, 10am – 12pm


The cost of the program, heavily subsidised thanks to our organisational partners and donors is $1000 + GST per person, and includes:

  • Expert facilitation, guest speakers and masterclasses both in-person and on Zoom;
  • Resources and learning materials;
  • Quality accommodation set on a vineyard on Lancefield, VIC;
  • Exceptional Kosher catering like you’ve never experienced before by To Catch a Chef;
  • Return airfares for those coming from interstate;
  • Environmentally-friendly and useful SWAG (cool ‘stuff we all get’ to keep)
  • Access to a network of fellow leaders; and
  • Access to Executive Leadership coaching.

Subsidies can be requested.


Upon completion of the retreat, participants will join the distinguished LaunchPad Leadership Alumni Network. This platform offers ongoing leadership development opportunities and workshops, ensuring the learning and growth journey continues beyond the retreat itself.


LaunchPad Leadership Alumni Network

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