The Kivun Intensive


Kivun, which in Hebrew means "direction," is a five-month intensive professional development program for exceptional young professionals in the Jewish communal sector. The Kivun Intensive blends skills trainings, reflection exercises and networking opportunities to empower participants with the tools to become leaders and change-makers in the Jewish non-profit sector.


The Kivun Intensive program components include:

  • Two 48-hour professional development retreats.

  • Interstitial programming, e.g. webinars, conference calls, partnered learning and case studies.

As a participant in The Kivun Intensive, you will:

  1. Enhance your skills through trainings with top facilitators in the Jewish communal sector. Examples of sessions include:

    • Managing Up – Develop skills to communicate more effectively and strengthen your relationship with your supervisor.

    • Budgeting – Learn how to create and evaluate organizational and program budgets.

    • Time Management – Discover tools to increase your productivity and keep on top of your workload.

  2. Build greater awareness of your career trajectory, values and professional and personal vision. Examples of program components include:

    • Personal Assessments and Action Plans – Illuminate your strengths and identify areas for growth through a self-assessment and self-created action plan.

    • Jewish Text Study – Engage with personal and Jewish values through traditional text study.

  3. Participate in a dynamic network of Jewish communal professionals. Share skills, ideas, and resources, problem-solve on organizational and professional issues, and build a peer cohort that will help you advance professionally.

CLSFF views the Kivun Intensive as an opportunity for organizations to invest in the professional development of their staff. A fee of $500 is required upon acceptance to the program, which will cover all costs, including travel, accommodations and materials. As in previous years, the program will be facilitated by the Center for Leadership Initiatives. Download: Sample Agenda


  • Demonstrated talent, leadership skills and ambition

  • Currently working full-time in a U.S.-based Jewish non-profit organization (Note: Preference is given to those working in a national Jewish non-profit organization or local affiliates of said national organizations.)

  • Committed to serving the Jewish community in a professional capacity beyond the Kivun Intensive 2011 program

  • Maximum 27 years of age at the time of application

  • Have not attended a prior Kivun program

  • Self-identify as Jewish

  • Completed a Bachelor’s degree and have a strong academic record

  • Willing and able to participate fully in all components of the program

  • Written confirmation that the applicant’s manager will grant him/her time to participate in the program


“Kivun is a rich, soulful, and heartfelt experience; nourishment for the full self -- professional, personal, and spiritual alike -- and instrumental in building a network of Jewish communal leaders who care about building a vibrant Jewish future.”

- Participant, the Kivun Intensive 2009

“It was extremely refreshing and rejuvenating to be with a group of sophisticated Jewish professionals who were passionate in their fields and about their Jewish identity in general. I was empowered by having the opportunity to share my thoughts, fears, experiences and feelings with others from across the country who may have faced similar things/had similar or even completely different thoughts."

- Participant, the Kivun Intensive 2010