POWER in 2020 Education & Leadership Between Corruption & Fear

Designed by M² and the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and supported by the Jim Joseph Foundation

A Brave Commitment

Power in 2020: Education & Leadership Between Corruption & Fear is a critical six-month exploration of power, education, and leadership.

Researched and designed by M² and the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America Power in 2020 brings the most relevant Jewish texts and ideas together with cutting-edge educational models and tools, to ensure that the current and next generation of leaders and educators can bravely explore – and make commitments towards – a more responsible, equitable and courageous Jewish world.

Piloting in Los Angeles for thirty local Jewish community professionals Power in 2020 is a selective professional development program comprised of two immersive seminars and five gatherings, all within the LA area.

A Courageous Conversation

We live in a Jewish community which aspires to ethical leadership, and yet our conduct too often fails to live up to this standard. The Jewish community mirrors the same inequities around gender, race and class, and the scandal and misuse of power.

Yet at the same time, our fear of yielding our power bravely and responsibility – to set out a vision or to make commitments to values and actions – can often lead to inertia and paralysis.

The gaps between our values and our actions challenge the moral integrity of our communities.

Power in 2020: Education & Leadership Between Corruption & Fear aims to bring together locally based Jewish community professionals from a broad range of backgrounds to learn and address the challenges and opportunities around who – as educators and leaders – we must become.


Power in 2020 includes two immersive seminars – each three days long – featuring text study designed and delivered by SHI NA Faculty and multi-disciplinary educational frameworks and tools developed & facilitated by M² faculty.

Seminars will take place within a two-hour drive of Los Angeles.

Seminar 1: Power between Corruption and Fear

February 10-12, 2020

Seminar 2: The Currencies of Power

June 8-10, 2020


In addition to the seminars, between March and September 2020, participants gather in person for five lunchtime intensives, designed to promote cross-institution reflective practice and inter-institution support for change.

At and in between these gatherings, participants are additionally provided with optional distance learning sessions and coaching calls.

All five lunchtime gatherings will take place in Los Angeles.

If you want to…

Be part of this international pilot and cutting-edge community-wide initiative

Engage in the most important ideas of our time

Transform the discourse and practice of the ethics of power

Create a shared language with a diverse group professional in your community

Make a courageous commitment to change

And if you are…

A professional, educator, or organizational leader in the Los Angeles Jewish community, with demonstrated impact

Excited about delving into the world of Jewish ideas educational frameworks

Have the position and support to make a difference

Then you should apply today!

Contact Michelle Stone for further information.

Participation at both seminars and all five lunchtime intensives is mandatory.

Applications are now open!

Applications are due by November 1st, 2019.


The program cost is $1,200, which includes all seminars and meetings, accommodation and food.

Participants are responsible for their own travel and related expenses.

A New Partnership

Piloting in Los Angeles this winter with support from the Jim Joseph Foundation, Power in 2020 is a partnership between M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education and the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America.

M² is a premier research and training institute dedicated to promoting a proud and inspired community of Jewish educators who possess the personal and professional capacities to help learners find meaning and relevance in Jewish life.

The Shalom Hartman Institute is a leading center of Jewish thought and education, serving Israel and North America. Our mission is to strengthen Jewish peoplehood, identity and pluralism, enhance the Jewish and democratic character of Israel, and ensure that Judaism is a compelling force for good in the 21st century.