In the wake of October 7th, this year’s LaunchPad Leadership program has been thoughtfully modified to meet the ever-changing demands on our lay, philanthropic and professional leaders. Blending Jewish values with technical skills and leadership theory with experiential learning, the program is designed to nurture relationships, cultivate resilience and foster the much-needed courage to navigate the complexities and uncertainties of this time.

LaunchPad Leadership is more than just a program. Graduates of Cohort 5 will join a national community of empowered leaders who are all committed to enriching Jewish life in Australia.

Since 2020, we have facilitated… 


LaunchPad Leadership, a flagship initiative of Australian Jewish Funders (AJF), stands at the forefront of leadership development for the Australian Jewish community. We are actively building a network of professional, lay, and philanthropic leaders, who can collaborate, innovate and navigate complexity.

Now more than ever, and as the network of funders inspiring effective philanthropy and strengthening community, AJF recognises the necessity of providing robust support mechanisms for our communal organisations and leaders.

LaunchPad Leadership was first conceived in 2020 as a strategic pivot in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, crafted to address the immediate and unprecedented challenges facing our community.

We currently find ourselves in another critical moment, requiring a second pivot to align our objectives with the new realities of our time. In 2024, LaunchPad Leadership will be addressing the pressing needs facing Jewish life and leadership in Australia as a result of the tragedies of October 7th. We hope this pivot will ensure our community leaders are further resourced to continue leading effectively during these times of complexity and uncertainty.

Cohort 5 will explore themes that include:

Community Collaboration
Jewish Wisdom
And so much more…

Get a feel for the LaunchPad Leadership magic by watching this snapshot from our LaunchPad Leadership Retreat in 2023:


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.


We are looking for leaders of all life stages, those in a position of influence within Jewish communal life and from organisations that support them, from across the diverse Jewish landscape of Australia. Ideal candidates possess a growth mindset, are eager to engage in new learning opportunities, and include:

  • Professional Leaders: CEOs, Executive Directors and General Managers etc
  • Lay Leaders: Board and Committee Members
  • Philanthropic Leaders: Individuals who lead or influence funding decisions and philanthropic strategies in Jewish communal life in Australia.

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 are open until 11:59 pm on Wednesday 5th June 2024.

For any enquiries, please contact Liat.



July 2023

1 X 3 day immersive leadership retreat

2 X 2 hour virtual sessions

Reading and preparation work

On-going alumni engagement & skill-building


The program includes both virtual and in-person components.


Virtual Session 1: Tuesday 23rd July, 10am – 12pm

Virtual Session 2: Thursday 25th July, 10am – 12pm

RETREAT: Monday 29th – Wednesday 31th July 2024


The cost of the program, heavily subsidised thanks to our organisational partners and donors is $1250 + 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 an exclusive Alumni Network with leaders from across Australia.

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.


Click here to see past participants.

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