Below is a listing of Na’aleh’s current leadership development programs. Please note that unless otherwise indicated, both lay leaders and professionals working in the Jewish community are welcome.

Antiracism: Tools for Action
Wednesday, August 19, 9:00 a.m.– 10:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Avi Edelman, Colombia University’s Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs and Manager of Diversity Education

Register and read Avi’s full bio here.

Through interactive exercises, this workshop examines the systemic nature of racial oppression and explores steps required to shift from a framework of “not racist” to “antiracist.” Participants will learn about spheres of racism: institutional, interpersonal, and individual; and engage in activities meant to generate action steps and accountability mechanisms that can be brought into workplaces and other realms of influence.

Socially Distanced, Spiritually Connected: A Community-Wide Elul Event

Beginning Thursday morning, August 20
Ending Friday morning, September 18
every morning, except Shabbat
8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

To view the full schedule and to register, click here


Join the greater Baltimore Jewish community for a month of Jewish learning and reflection, preceding the High Holidays.​

Participating Organizations:

4Front, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Beth Israel Congregation, Beth El Congregation, Bet Aviv, Beth Am Synagogue, Columbia Jewish Congregation, Beth Tfiloh, Bolton Street Synagogue, Macks Center for Jewish Education, Chevrei Tzedek, Chizuk Amuno Congregation, Congregation Netivot Shalom, Hinenu: The Baltimore Justice Shtiebl, Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, Jews United for Justice, Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Congregation, Na’aleh: The Hub for Leadership Learning, Pearlstone Center, Pikesville Jewish Congregation, Repair the World and Temple Isaiah

2nd Annual Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Symposium
Featuring Rabbi Shira Stutman of Sixth & I in Washington, DC

Tuesday, September 8, 7:00-8:30pm

The Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Symposium was created to honor the incredible vision, life and legacy of Shoshana S. Cardin, founding chair of ACHARAI. This annual symposium creates a space for inclusive and meaningful text-study that both celebrates the memory of an extraordinary leader and the richness of our Baltimore Jewish community.

Register here.

Questions? Contact Beth Gansky at


Shira Stutman, Senior Rabbi at Washington, DC’s innovative Sixth & I, was named one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” by The Jewish Forward, among other awards. She speaks nationwide about how to build a welcoming and diverse Jewish community. She graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow.

Zoom link will be provided in after registration.

  • $18 is the suggested registration fee for this event.
  • This event is covered for those who have purchased a Lay Leadership Pass
  • This event is complimentary for professionals of supporting organizations.

   Na’aleh Offers a New

Consider investing in a “LAY LEADERSHIP PASS” for $180, which gives you unlimited access to all communal events offered through Na’aleh: The Hub for Leadership Learning.*

Our goal is to have 100 community members take advantage of this inaugural offering. Invest in your leadership potential today! If each event was purchased separately, the cost would be over $360.
To purchase, please register here.

Programs will include: 

• The Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Symposium.
• New Leadership Lab series highlighting emerging challenges and opportunities facing our community including anti-racism, Jewish peoplehood, and generational changes.
• Various Jewish and leadership learning classes throughout the year, including leadership development through the study of middot (character strengths).
• Participation in book discussions on leadership.
• Lay-pro partnership series.
• Access to MindTools – an online resource library for leadership tools and learning.

*LAY PASS excludes intensive fellowships, which require nomination or application, and leadership circles (such as the Presidents Circle and Executive Directors CoP) that are geared to particular professional and volunteer roles.