The national Jewish community appears to be on the edge of a precipice. Within the next five to ten years, the baby boomers will retire and leave upwards of 75%-90% of Jewish community agencies with the challenge of finding new executive leadership. The field of Jewish communal service is vastly different today from the post-Holocaust creation of the State of Israel when hundreds of young Jews decided to dedicate their professional lives to the Jewish community. When this reality is combined with the rapid technological advances, the professionalization of the field, the increasing demands of community executives and the rapidly changing needs and culture of the Jewish community, the challenges are monumental and uncharted.
This study was designed to respond to this crisis, namely, finding future professional leadership and preparing them to meet the changing realities of our Jewish communities.