Harry Kay Leadership Program

What will the Jewish community look like in 2030? 2045? If the Harry Kay Leadership Institute alumni have anything to say about it, we should all feel pretty optimistic.

Harry Kay gives ambitious young adults (30-45) the tools they need to become leaders of the Jewish community. Participants develop leadership skills, gain a deeper understanding of our local and overseas Jewish communities, and learn to effectively address the issues and challenges facing the Jewish people.


The Minneapolis Jewish Federation and Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul, in partnership with the Harry Kay Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of the Harry Kay Leadership Institute (HKLI) Cohort 9. Cohort 9 of the Harry Kay Leadership Institute will run from November 2016-November 2018.  The group will meet once a month, gathering for sessions led by local leaders and international representatives. The first year of the program will provide participants with the framework to use Judaism to guide their leadership, as well as an in-depth look at our local and international Jewish communities. Year two will explore topics such as conflict resolution, the difference between power and influence, and effective change management, all through a Jewish lens. The second year of the program will begin with a mission to Budapest and Israel.

Having graduated just under 300 leaders in its more than 25-year history, HKLI has truly changed the face of leadership in the Twin Cities Jewish community by inspiring and assisting emerging leaders in addressing the issues and challenges facing us as a Jewish community and as individual Jews.

Current Cohort 9 for HKLI

2016-2018 Cohort 9 Directory


Who is Harry Kay? Great question. The short answer: a man who cared deeply about the Jewish community. The long answer: click here or watch the video below!