November 20-22, 2023 in NSW Southern Highlands

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LaunchPad Leadership is an online program that empowers leaders of Australian Jewish for-purpose organisations with the skills and resources to lead their organisations through change. 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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Jewish community organisations are facing unprecedented challenges as they navigate the new realities and uncertainty due to the COVID-19 crisis over the last two years.

LaunchPad Leadership seeks to develop a culture of leadership development  and connection in the Australian Jewish for-purpose sector by building a network of senior professional and lay leaders to collaborate, innovate and navigate complexity for the purpose of ensuring a thriving, vibrant and engaged Jewish community in Australia.

As the network of funders inspiring effective philanthropy and strengthening community, Australian Jewish Funders (AJF) has seen firsthand the urgency to support communal organisations pivot. It is evident that things are not simply going to return to the way they were before the outbreak of this pandemic, so it is up to the leaders of our community to pre-empt, prepare and connect with one another as we emerge from the last two years into this ‘new normal’.

Themes that will be explored include:

Design thinking;

Communication and leadership presence;

Organisational strategy and culture;


And more.

Get a feel for the LaunchPad Leadership experience by watching the 2020 and 2021 highlights videos:


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.

Collaboration Dave Grants

Through this platform, leaders will be able to actualise and implement their core learnings from the leadership journey and discover what is possible as they seek to engineer a more dynamic Jewish Australia. Leaders will be eligible to apply for Collaboration Grants to put their learnings into practice and facilitate cross-communal and inter-organisational partnerships, endeavours and projects.

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 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 commit to at least 90% of the program;

  • 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 any enquiries, please contact Rebecca.

0421 733 691 or



Program will be delivered online using Zoom.



April – June 2022

2 hours / week online programming

(4 hours during first two weeks of the program)

1 hour/week offline reflection

5 hours on a Sunday

Reading and preparation work



Session 1: Tuesday, April 26, 2022 10am – 12pm

Session 2: Thursday, April 28, 2022 10am – 12pm

Session 3: Tuesday, May 3, 2022 10am – 12pm

Session 4: Thursday, May 5, 2022 10am – 12pm

Session 5: Tuesday, May 10, 2022 10am – 12pm

Session 6: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 10am – 12pm

Session 7: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 10am – 12pm

Session 8: Sunday, May 29, 2022 9am – 2pm

Session 9: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 10am – 12pm

Session 10: Tuesday, June 7, 2022 10am – 12pm

Session 11: Tuesday, June 14, 2022 10am – 12pm



The cost of the program is $1000 + GST per person and includes:

  • Expert facilitation;
  • Guest speakers, masterclasses, Leadership Labs and virtual programming;
  • Personal / introspective analyses and goal setting;
  • Guided independent offline learnings between virtual sessions;
  • Learning materials;
  • Access to a network of fellow leaders;
  • Access to “Collaboration Dave Grants”; and
  • Access to Executive Leadership coaching.

Subsidies are available and can be requested.

The program has been heavily subsidised thanks to our generous supporters namely, Erdi Foundation, Graf Family, Phil and Sue Lewis Family, Debbie Dadon, Szalmuk-Singer Family, Marnie & Gary Perlstein Family Foundation, Romm Family and Belinda Bardas and Loti & Victor Smorgon Family Foundation.

LaunchPad Leadership has been made possible over the years by the unwavering support of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies and our program partner Shalom.


Amanda Miller OAM

Co-Chair, Philanthropy Australia

Brandon Srot

Chief Facilitation Officer, LaunchPad

Justine Saidman

Jewish Wisdom Scholar

Kerry Gonski

Chair, Australian Jewish Fertility Network

Lisa Pillemer

Director of Philanthropy and Engagement, AJF

Phil Lewis

Chairman, Five Squared Property Group

Rebecca Adler

Community and Innovation Manager, AJF

Tracie Olcha



Elisheva Massel

Director of Strategic Partnerships, JDC (The Joint)

Superpower: Fundraising

Jennifer Weinstock

Senior Vice President of Philanthropy, Combined Jewish Philanthropies

Superpower: Fundraising

Opher Yom-Tov

Chief Design Officer, ANZ Banking Group

Superpower: Design Thinking

Rachel Flitman

Manager - Experience Design, Nous Group

Superpower: Design Thinking

Rae Ringel

Executive Coach and President, The Ringel Group

Superpower: Communication

Heather Wolfson

CEO & Lead Strategist, Maven Coaching and Consulting

Superpower: Coaching and Leadership strategy


Alon Abraham

Co-Founder and Head of Strategy

Superpowers: Social Media and Marketing

Assaf Ambar

Superpowers: Strategy, Growth and Innovation, Consumer Tech, Digital Marketing and Storytelling

Belinda Bardas

Board Member, AJF

Superpowers: Family Philanthropy, Social Impact and Relationship Building

Jeremy Dunkel

Executive Director, The Orion Foundation

Superpowers: Grant Applications, Reporting and Donor Relations

Justin Greenstein

Co-Chair, AJF

Superpowers: Strategy, Innovation and Governance

Lesley Ber

Treasurer, AJF

Superpower: Finance

Michael Graf

Board Director, Montefiore; Chair and non-executive Director of not-for-profits and tech start ups

Superpowers: Fundraising, Corporate Governance and Startups

Simone Szalmuk-Singer

Co-Chair, AJF

Superpowers: Governance, Community, Philanthropy and Women in Leadership

Tessa Zajac

Director of Next Gen Initiatives, AJF

Superpower: Next Gen Philanthropy

Yvonne Coburn

CEO, CreatingWe ANZ and Careers Consultant University of Sydney Business School

Superpowers: Leadership and Strengths Finder

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