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.

UpComing Programs

Na’aleh/DFI is using Mind Tools in its communities of practice and now is inviting you to build your skills through Pop Up learning and a cohort series, which you’ll find below.

Pop-Up Learning
Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00pm
Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 10, Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 15

Facilitator: Mariana Antoniuk 

for Professional Leaders in the Jewish Community

For more information on each pop-up and series and to register, click here.

We are offering online learning for all Professionals working in the Jewish community.

Mind Tools is a customized e-learning platform that is rich, interactive and engaging, that is performance focused and proven to make a lasting impact.

Leadership Learning announces a new program this year:


Join the community in reading three leadership related books and discussing them with some of our favorite Baltimore leaders, Rabbis, and educators.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth.
Leadership Convenors: Rachel Siegel, Program Director, Soul Center and Jennifer Millman, Director, Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation of Baltimore

Two conversation times: 
12:00pm on Tuesday, November 17
7:30pm on Thursday, November 19

Register for the first book’s conversation here.
Please register by November 6 for the discussion of book one.

We want you to be thinking about leadership through lots of different lenses! All you need to do is buy the books, read them, and register so we can send you a link to the conversations. We have made it easy for you – there will be two conversations on each book so just find a time that fits into your schedule. There is no charge for this new and engaging series.


Title: Wired to Care by Dev Patnaik
Leadership Conveners: Jonah Geller, Director of Business Development, Lost Tribe Esports and Barak Hermann, CEO, Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore

Dates: January, 2021 (exact dates TBD)


Rising Strong by Brene Brown
Leadership Conveners: Rabbi Miram Burg and Rabbi Daniel Burg

Dates: March, 2021 (exact dates TBD)

Untangle And Combat The Impact Of Racism And Anti-Semitism

Explore the ways racism and antisemitism intersect and investigate how to untangle and combat the impact of these systems in our individual selves, and in our roles as professionals.

December 7, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m

Facilitators:  Tracie Guy-Decker and Jeremy Gombin-Sperling

Register here

Tracie Guy-Decker (she, her, hers), is an independent consultant, writer, educator, and activist. She has been working toward greater awareness and antiracism in the Baltimore Jewish community for the past six years, including through her work at the Jewish Museum of Maryland (2015 – 2020), as co-chair of JUFJ Baltimore’s Leadership council, as chair of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation’s social justice committee (since 2016), and as the co-curator and co-facilitator of 18 Days Exploring Racial Justice (2020), presented by the Baltimore Jewish Council. She is the co-creator and co-host (with April Baskin) of Jews Talk Racial Justice with April & Tracie and the mind behind You can learn more about Tracie at

Jeremy Gombin-Sperling (he, him, his) has worked as an independent consultant, trainer, and educator on issues of inclusion and social justice over the past seven years in U.S. and global contexts. Locally in Baltimore, he has served as the Co-Chair for Community Building and Education with Jews United for Justice-Baltimore since 2018 constructing trainings and community-based events. In his professional life, he currently works as the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator for the Fulbright Program in its Western Hemisphere region.

Mussar: Leading from the Inside Out

December 3, 10 and 17, 12:00 p.m. with Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin


February 2, 9 and 16, 7:00 p.m. with Dr. Edie Raphael

Register here for the Decembers series or the February series. Registration is capped at 20 participants per series.

Leadership begins within you. Learn how Mussar – the traditional Jewish craft of character development – can help you to lead a good life and lead our community. We offer this three-part series for beginners, novices and those already on the journey. 

  • $36 is the registration fee for this series.
  • This event is complimentary for professionals of supporting organizations and lay leadership pass holders.
  • Annual lay leadership passes are available for $180 with access to all Na’aleh programs. Learn more.
  • Sessions will be limited to 20 participants.

Leadership in the Wilderness: Partnerships in a Time of Uncertainty

with Dr. Erica Brown

a four-part series for professional and lay leaders to come as pairs or in small groups.

Thursdays, January 21 and 28, February 4 and 11

12:00- 1:30p.m.

Dr. Erica Brown, director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership and an associate professor of curriculum and pedagogy at The George Washington University.

Register here or email

Together, we will work to foster lay and professional partnerships that can get past the uncertainty and despair of the moment to generate creativity, solidarity, meaning and hope for a better future. We will study what ancient wisdom and contemporary thinkers have to say about leading in the wilderness.

·       $72 is the registration fee for this series.

·       This event is complimentary for professionals of supporting organizations and lay leadership pass holders.

·       Annual lay leadership passes are available for $180 with access to all Na’aleh programs. Learn more.


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.*

For more information, click here.