The work of the Foundation is grounded in the belief that exceptional leaders, inspired by powerful ideas, are the key to improving society and the lives of people around the world. The Mandel Foundation has identified five areas of engagement that receive our support.

Leadership Development

Leadership Development

Management of Nonprofits

Management of Nonprofits

Humanities

Humanities

Jewish Life

Jewish Life

Urban Renewal

Urban Renewal

Leadership Development

Leadership Development

Management of Nonprofits

Management of Nonprofits

Humanities

Humanities

Jewish Life

Jewish Life

Urban Renewal

Urban Renewal

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Investing in leaders of nonprofit organizations with the aim of improving their impact on civil society.

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Located at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is one of the oldest university-affiliated graduate degree programs in social work and is ranked consistently in the top ten social work schools in North America. Offering Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in social work and an M.A. degree in nonprofit management, the mission of the Mandel School is to provide and integrate professional social work education, research and service to promote social justice and empowerment in communities locally, nationally and internationally.

A major supporter of the Mandel School since 1988, Foundation contributions include ongoing support for the Mandel Leadership Fellows Program. Outstanding students of social work receive full tuition scholarships to join a specialized track for future human services leaders. The course of study includes specialized seminars, fieldwork experience in clinical and community settings and individualized mentoring.

The Mandel Initiative for Visionary Leadership creates a cadre of future rabbinical, cantorial and education leaders who will guide 21st century Reform Judaism institutions towards excellence in vision, learning and Jewish identity formation. Composed of innovations and supplements to the regular curriculum, the Mandel Initiative for Visionary Leadership challenges rabbinical students to grapple with the major issues that contemporary Jews confront and develop personal visions to guide their contributions as members of the Reform movement leadership. Alongside ongoing program support, the Foundation established the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

The Mandel Leadership Institute trains a select cadre of leaders in specialized in-service programs. Served by a world-class faculty, current programs prepare leaders of the Israel Defense Forces, national youth movements, and the ultra-orthodox (Haredi) public. MLI programs enable participants to channel their leadership into vision imbued practical endeavors that contribute to the thriving Jewish and democratic State of Israel.

The Mandel School for Educational Leadership Institute nurtures a select cadre of educational leaders who will bring vision to the Israeli educational and social systems. World-class faculty composed of leading academic figures from both Israel and abroad, teach MSEL fellows on the Jerusalem campus. Throughout the two-year program, fellows hone their educational and social visions by examining the great figures, ideas and works of Western and Jewish civilization, and by learning to translate their own visions into practice. Fellows acquire the skills needed to establish and lead the institutions that will implement their creative solutions to Israel’s educational and social challenges. Graduates join an influential network of professionals changing and shaping the future of Israeli educational institutions. Founded in 1991 in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the first cohort of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership began with 22 fellows. Today, nearly 400 graduates have completed the program.

Founded in 2007 by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP) cultivates the diverse leadership abilities of passionate Cleveland residents who are committed to creating a city that benefits everyone. Select participants join an intensive, one-year course to hone their skills and explore strategies for neighborhood improvement, and then join the network of program graduates. The NLDP envisions a new vanguard of engaged neighborhood leaders who are prepared and committed to creating progressive change in a variety of areas throughout the city and region. The program has more than 140 graduates.

The Mandel Center for Leadership in the Negev operates leadership development programs for local and regional offices and leaders in the fields of education, social welfare, health and culture. Since its founding in 2004, the Center has offered courses and seminars throughout the Negev region, in Jewish and Bedouin towns and the city of Beersheva. Led by its own faculty of scholars and experts in the field of community development, the Center also provides consultation to local and regional governments, and ongoing support to its expanding network of graduates.

The Mandel Center for Leadership in the North operates leadership development programs for local and regional officials and leaders in the fields of education, social welfare, health and culture. Since its founding in 2013, the Center has offered courses and seminars throughout the Galilee region, in Jewish and Arab towns. Led by its own faculty of scholars and experts in the field of community development, the Center also provides consultation to local and regional governments, and ongoing support to its expanding network of graduates.

The Mandel Graduate Unit provides ongoing support to more than 400 graduates of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership (MSEL). Through a broad array of professional development, consulting and networking opportunities, the program enables MSEL graduates to pursue their professional aims to improve Israeli social and educational systems. Graduates benefit from the full support of their peers and the Graduate Unit’s professional faculty and staff.

MANAGEMENT OF NONPROFITS

Fostering excellence in the management of nonprofit and public sector institutions.

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Located at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is one of the oldest university-affiliated graduate degree programs in social work and is ranked consistently in the top ten social work schools in North America. Offering Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in social work and an M.A. degree in nonprofit management, the mission of the Mandel School is to provide and integrate professional social work education, research and service to promote social justice and empowerment in communities locally, nationally and internationally.

A major supporter of the Mandel School since 1988, Foundation contributions include ongoing support for the Mandel Leadership Fellows Program. Outstanding students of social work receive full tuition scholarships to join a specialized track for future human services leaders. The course of study includes specialized seminars, fieldwork experience in clinical and community settings and individualized mentoring.

Situated in a specially designed building on the Ben Gurion University of the Negev campus, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Institute for Social Leadership serves as home to the Mandel Social Leadership MBA Program. Dedicated to preparing future leaders of nonprofit institutions, the Program’s curriculum combines advanced training in business management with study of the social issues and organizational challenges of the nonprofit sector. Supported by the Foundation since its establishment in 2011, the Mandel Social Leadership MBA Program rapidly emerged as a prestigious, internationally recognized program for future nonprofit and mission-oriented executives. The Mandel Institute for Social Leadership also hosts the Israel Center for Third Sector Research, an institute devoted to policy-oriented research on issues related to the nonprofit sector.

The Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence provides resources and expertise to identify, recruit, develop and maintain the highest quality professional and volunteer leadership for the Jewish Federation system in North America. Supported by the Foundation since its establishment in 2004, the Center also consults with Jewish Federations throughout North America on human resources and management, and offers professional development courses to Federation executives.

JEWISH LIFE

Helping successive generations of Jews to discover the beauty of the Jewish cultural and religious heritage and to build and sustain vibrant Jewish communities.

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Mandel Teacher Educator Institute, MTEI, held 3 morning sessions for teachers in Skokie, ILMANDEL TEACHER EDUCATOR INSTITUTE
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Located at Brandeis University, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education is dedicated to improving Jewish education through rigorous study of the core practices of teaching and learning. Supported by the Foundation since its establishment in 2002, the Mandel Center pursues innovative research, publishes cutting-edge scholarship, and partners with scholars and educational institutions throughout North America and Israel. The Mandel Center is home to three Foundation-endowed faculty chairs in the field of Jewish education research.

The Mandel Teacher Educator Institute (MTEI) trains senior educators who are responsible for teacher’s professional development in day schools, congregational schools and other educational settings. The first program of its kind in the field of Jewish education, MTEI has prepared hundreds of senior educators from communities throughout North America since its inception in 1995. The program emphasizes Jewish content knowledge and strategies for promoting inquiry-based and collaborative professional development initiatives.

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Jewish Education trains Jewish community center professionals to foster Jewish living and learning in JCCs and JCC summer camps. Supported by the Foundation since its establishment in 2002, the Mandel Center offers professional development courses, training seminars and retreats, and develops special pedagogical materials aligned for Jewish community center settings.

The Agnon School, renamed in 2015 in recognition of the Foundation’s gift, is a pluralistic Jewish day school committed to excellence in general studies and Jewish education. The Foundation’s contribution—one of the largest ever to a Jewish day school—established endowment funds to support teacher compensation and professional development, a learning specialist and a Hebrew immersion program. The gift also funded major building renovations.

Located at the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, the Commission on Jewish Continuity works with communal agencies, congregations and schools to develop and implement programs designed to improve the Cleveland community’s Jewish educational system. Supported by the Foundation since 1989, the Commission has successfully worked to strengthen the Jewish education profession, integrate informal Jewish educational opportunities into student experiences and broaden the scope of education from the student to the family.

HUMANITIES

Restoring the humanities as the foundation of human aspiration and human experience.

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A program of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Morton L. Mandel Program for Civic Discourse and Membership Engagement aims to increase the Academy’s outreach to the general public and strengthen connections among its more than 4,600 Fellows, who are the nation’s most prominent scholars, artists, scientists, and government and business leaders. Established through a 2015 Foundation gift, the Mandel Program includes two new positions: the Morton L. Mandel Director for Membership and the Morton L. Mandel Presidential Fellow.

A gift of the Foundation in 2014 funded a major renovation and establishment of the Barbara and Morton Mandel Design Gallery. The new gallery and renovation expanded the museum’s gallery space by more than half.

Situated in a stunning new building linking Brandeis University’s lower and upper campuses, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities brings together under one roof, faculty and students from multiple fields of inquiry. Supported by the Foundation since its establishment in 2010, the Mandel Center emphasizes collaborative, interdisciplinary scholarship, hosts research groups, sponsors interdisciplinary undergraduate courses, and maintains a robust schedule of public lectures, events and concerts.

Situated in a custom-designed building overlooking the Judean Hills, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School for the Advanced Studies in the Humanities trains and nurtures outstanding master of the arts and doctoral students, encourages interdisciplinary scholarship and hosts a rich program of co-curricular lectures and events. Established in 2013 and supported by the Foundation, the Mandel School is also home to two prestigious interdisciplinary research institutes, the Mandel-Scholion Interdisciplinary Research Center and the Martin Buber Society of Fellows.

Located at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies is the leading academic institution sponsoring new Holocaust scholarship, investing in successive generations of scholars who will lead the field, undertake multidisciplinary research worldwide, and ensure this history is taught at the highest levels in the United States and around the world. Supported by the Foundation since 2014, the Center also hosts dozens of visiting fellows every year from North America, Europe, and Israel as well as places such as East Asia and North Africa.

Serving the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center brings together faculty, students and community members to participate in classes, seminars, lectures and special events that contribute to the development of civic engagement. It also endowed the deanship of the Center. Supported by the Foundation since its establishment in 2015, the Center’s mission is to prepare civically responsible citizens to lead Northeast Ohio toward a stronger social and economic future.

A gift of the Foundation in 2012 anchored the Museum’s capital campaign for a major renovation. In recognition of the Foundation’s support, the Museum named its famed collection of medieval armor the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Armor Court.

Established in 2014, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Honors College at Cleveland State University enables 500 students to combine the experience of a large urban university with the small class size of a liberal arts college. The Foundation grant provides merit scholarships for outstanding students. It also established a chair for a dean of the humanities to lead the college.

A major gift of the Foundation supports the construction of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Campus of the famed Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. The new campus will be located in Jerusalem’s city center and will provide outstanding studio, teaching and office space, raising the profile of the arts in Jerusalem’s public life, and contributing to the rejuvenation of the city’s downtown.

URBAN RENEWAL

Supporting urban renewal and community development as an expression of our commitment to just, inclusive, and democratic societies.

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Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (formerly Neighborhood Progress Inc.) is a nonprofit community development organization committed to restoring the health and prosperity of Cleveland’s neighborhoods. Initiated and supported by the Foundation since 1988, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress aims to increase the scale and pace of neighborhood development by increasing economic opportunity, building local capacity, creating private investment opportunities and advancing stakeholder objectives. The organization also acts as a catalyst for change by developing resources for neighborhoods and providing a full range of programming required for revitalization efforts.

Founded in 2007 by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP) cultivates the diverse leadership abilities of passionate Cleveland residents who are committed to creating a city that benefits everyone. Select participants join an intensive, one-year course to hone their skills and explore strategies for neighborhood improvement, and then join the network of program graduates. The NLDP envisions a new vanguard of engaged neighborhood leaders who are prepared and committed to creating progressive change in a variety of areas throughout the city and region. The program has more than 140 graduates.

Located at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is one of the oldest university-affiliated graduate degree programs in social work and is ranked consistently in the top ten social work schools in North America. Offering Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in social work and an M.A. degree in nonprofit management, the mission of the Mandel School is to provide and integrate professional social work education, research and service to promote social justice and empowerment in communities locally, nationally and internationally.

A major supporter of the Mandel School since 1988, the Foundation’s recent contributions include the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Community Studies Centers, built in 2007, and a lead gift for major renovation to the Mandel School’s main building. Situated across the street from one another, the two buildings house the Mandel School’s four community-oriented research institutes: the Begun Center for Violence Prevention and Education, the Center on Urban Policy and Community Development, the Center for Evidence-Based Practices, and the Center on Substance Abuse and Mental Illness.

MidTown Cleveland is a nonprofit economic development organization focused on the two-mile stretch between downtown Cleveland and University Circle. Supported by the Foundation since its establishment in 1982, MidTown has helped make the area a thriving urban business district with over 500 growing companies and over $500 million in new investment. MidTown has been recognized as a national model for urban redevelopment and a leader in the country for urban reinvestment.

A gift of the Foundation supported renovation of Cleveland’s Public Square, transforming the plaza into a vibrant park and contributing to a revitalization of the downtown area. In recognition of the Foundation’s support, Concert Hill—a key component of the park—has been named for the Foundation.

Custom-built in 2015 in the city of Yerucham, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center is home to MindCET. A program of the Center for Educational Technology, MindCET develops ground-breaking educational technology for Israel and the world.

Located in Beer Sheva, Israel’s growing “capital” of the Negev, Lunada is the first interactive children’s museum in the state of Israel. Established through a gift of the Foundation in 2015, the museum features over 50 exhibits in eight galleries and two outdoor courtyards.