The Lemann-Stern Leadership Development Program was begun in 1960 for the purpose of training outstanding young men and women in the Greater New Orleans Jewish community for positions of leadership. Participants in the program are selected from self-nominations or nominations made by past Lemann-Stern participants and community leaders. The program is two years in length and includes a mission to Israel, monthly meetings and a retreat.
2014 marks the 54th (triple chai) anniversary of leadership development programming in Greater New Orleans. Graduates of the program have served on the boards of every Jewish agency, synagogue and organization in our community, and have used the knowledge gained from the program to benefit the wider New Orleans community as well. The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans invites you to join us in our efforts to endow the program through the Leadership Development Endowment Campaign. Our goal—with your help—is to raise $1.5 million to:
• Expand the current 8 day mission to a 9 day mission, allowing program participants an additional day on the ground in Israel
• Cover the cost of an overnight retreat – which includes intensive leadership training – at no cost to program participants
• Create subsidies for Jewish Federations of North America Young Leadership or Young
Adult conference attendees
• Fund programming and the cost of a leadership development facilitator
Chaired by Kathy Shepard and Jonny Lake, the Leadership Development Endowment Campaign offers a special opportunity to those impacted by Lemann-Stern. There is no minimum gift. Interested in learning more? Click here.Click here to make a gift to the Leadership Development Endowment Campaign.
More About the Program
All non-Jewish spouses are eligible to participate in the Lemann-Stern program. Like the Jewish participants, they will receive subsidies to participate in the mission and all conferences and be recognized as completing the program by graduating.
Regarding the requirement to serve as an intern, Jewish participants may serve on a Federation or Agency Board or a committee of the Federation. Non-Jewish participants must serve on a committee of the Federation. Federation committees include: Budget & Allocations, Community Relations, Planning or Education. The internship program will be fully explained at one of the monthly meetings during the first year.
2013 - 2015 Lemann-Stern Class
2011 – 2013 Lemann-Stern Graduates