The Leadership Institute: Shaping Congregational Leaders and Learners

The Leadership Institute: Shaping Congregational Leaders and Learners (LI) is a joint program of The Jewish Theological Seminary's William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR).

The Leaders of the Leadership Institute


Dr. Evie Levy Rotstein has been the director of LI since the beginning of the project (formerly known as the Leadership Institute for Congregational School Educators, or LICSE) in 2004. Prior to this, she was a congregational school educator and developed innovative programs for faculty learning, teen mentoring, and parent education. Dr. Rotstein began her career in Jewish education as a camp director for Young Judaea. She holds a BA in French and Hebrew from Binghamton University, and an MA in Foreign Language Education and an EdD in Jewish Education from JTS. She is a founding codirector of the Kehillah Partnership, an organization that has been recognized by the Covenant Foundation and the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies' Slingshot for its successes in remaking Jewish community through innovation and resource sharing. Dr. Levy Rotstein is a consultant to congregations in the area of organizational change.

Beth Lutzker, program associate of LI, earned her BA in Early Childhood Education and Judaic Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She worked for five and half years in JTS's Public Events Department, planning lectures, conferences, commencements, academic convocations, and more. Ms. Lutzker is an active member of Manhattan's Town & Village Synagogue, and is involved in Jewish communal life.

The Leadership Institute is funded by the UJA-Federation of New York.

For more information, send an email to Dr. Evie Rotstein, project director, or call (212) 824-2248.