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

Erin Baldinger

Cassie Benowitz

Adrienne Berman

Efrem Berman

Lauren Brand

Jason Divine

Adam Fink

Alan Garelick

Kim Gelperin

Aaron Gelperin

Joey Greenberg

Shep Harris

Lindsay Holden

Hope Kalin

Jeremy Kalin

Grant Kamin

Jennifer Kaplan

Arielle Kaufman

David Krco

Ryan Lohr

Bruce Manning

David Milavetz

Nicki Murphy

Joel Paper

Alina Portnoy

Joel Ribnick

Tamar Ribnick

Uri Rosenwald

Robyn Schein

Ben Schein

Abby Schneider

Shira Shapiro

Rhona Shwaid

Sandy Sondell

Jason Sondell

Zoe Stern

John Vegas

Melissa Wolchansky

Debbie Wolfe

Leo Zabezhinsky

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!