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The Edna and Nat Marcus Leadership Institute was created through the generosity of Herbert & Cookie Marcus and Martin & Lois Marcus to honor the memory of their parents. Edna and Nat thought of B’nai Jeshurun as their spiritual home for nearly 50 years. This Leadership Institute is an 18 month program, which seeks to identify and train emerging leadership within the synagogue. 

Introducing our 2024-2025
Marcus Leadership Cohort

From L-R: Joel Dachner, Meryl Kramer Brown, Aaron Gross, Steven Chupnick, Kelly Kitsis, Erica Hirsh, Alex Kadis, Ben Milgrom, Judy Borgen and Rabbi Hal Rudin-Luria. Not pictured: Jessica Miller and Andrew Spott

For more information about our Marcus Leadership institute, contact Shani Kadis.


Marcus Leadership Fellows will...

  • Be our next generations of leaders.
  • Examine the values that form the foundation of our synagogue life.
  • Gain an understanding of the synagogue's Guiding Principles and Strategic Plan and explore avenues for their implementation.
  • Develop an understanding of the inner workings of the synagogue and its relationship to the broader community.
  • Join with our clergy in exploring their own religious beliefs and practice.
  • Explore the future of Conservative Judaism.
  • Learn from a variety of Cleveland's top experts in non-profit leadership development.
  • Sharpen interpersonal and organizational skills.


The Marcus Institute Fellows will commit to:

  • A  1  1/2 year program
  • A one day retreat
  • Monthly 2 hour sessions excluding July & August

In addition, Marcus Institute Fellows will be encouraged to participate actively in synagogue services and programs.

At the conclusion of the program, graduates will be prepared to assume leadership roles within the synagogue.


The Edna and Nat Marcus Leadership Institute was created through the generosity of Herbert and Cookie Marcus and Martin and Lois Marcus to honor the memory of their parents. Edna and Nat Marcus thought of B’nai Jeshurun Congregation as their spiritual home for nearly fifty years. It was a relationship that was a blessing to them and to us. They were always among the first to share in any effort to advance the programs of the Congregation. The Leadership Institute will enable selected members of the Congregation to advance their leadership skills for the benefit of all members of B’nai Jeshurun. Through this new program, we hope to be ever worthy of the trust that the Marcus family placed in us.

Tue, June 18 2024 12 Sivan 5784