Mandel School for Educational Leadership


​The mission of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership is to provide Israel’s education system with visionary leaders who have the passion, commitment and practical wisdom to change Israeli society for the better.

The Mandel School for Educational Leadership was founded in Jerusalem in 1992 as a joint venture of the Mandel Foundation and the Ministry of Education. To date, approximately 500 fellows have completed the program and have assumed influential positions in the education system. Many of them serve as school principals, as civil servants in key positions in the Ministry of Education and in departments of education in local authorities, and in various educational and social organizations.

Each year, the school accepts approximately 20 fellows with proven management skills, strong intellectual capabilities, and the commitment to lead change for the better in Israeli society and education. The fellows hail from all areas of the country, from a variety of academic and professional fields, and from a range of ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, and are all focused on making a significant contribution in the area of education in Israel. 

For the duration of the two-year program the fellows receive a monthly living stipend that allows them to dedicate themselves fully to the learning process. This process includes clarifying their personal and professional identity; in-depth theoretical study; exposure to new areas of knowledge; deepening their understanding of the complexity of the field of education; planning an educational initiative; and creating a meaningful personal and professional network. The educational approach of the school was articulated by the late Professor Shlomo (Seymour) Fox​​ and the founding team, and is described in Professor Fox’s speech​​ inaugurating the first academic year at the school.

About the Learning Process

The Mandel School for Educational Leadership offers a unique program of study in the field of leadership development, which aims to broaden and deepen the fellows’ knowledge and their capacity to contribute to Israeli education. The educational environment at the school is characterized by a plurality of professional and theoretical fields of knowledge and cultural diversity. This environment allows fellows to acknowledge the multiple cultures and identities present in Israeli society, to become familiar with different perspectives and areas of knowledge, to move freely between different ways of seeing and understanding reality, and to use these different perspectives to examine complex situations. The school sees this diversity as a necessary resource for learning and for honing a personal-professional identity that is autonomous, conscious, and critical. Additional factors that enable this unique learning process include the composition of the school’s fellow cohorts and faculty, the structure of the program of study, the content of the courses taught, and the nature of the fellows’ learning products. 


While the program of study is founded on a number of fixed elements, many of its components are developed on a more flexible basis over the course of the year, in line with the particular traits, needs, and interests of each of the fellows. The scope of the program, its content, and its unique character enable the fellows to conduct an in-depth process in which they clarify their worldview, personal and professional identity, and the educational goals they would like to attain, and translate these ideas into a plan of action.

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The school’s faculty members hail from a wide range of fields of knowledge and action, from the worlds of academia and professional practice. The composition of the faculty, its intellectual rigor and openness, and its commitment to the fellows’ learning process all create a learning environment that fosters the ability of the fellows to move freely between theory and practice, and between different areas of knowledge.


After completing the program, the fellows return to the field of practice. Most of them enter key positions in the education system and in the public sector. The school’s placement process helps fellows explore different possible directions via which each fellow can make the largest possible contribution to Israeli society.

Once they complete their studies, the fellows join the Mandel graduate community, and their connection with the school is maintained and fostered as a basis for future independent and collaborative learning and partnerships.​


About the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation

Mandel Brothers

"The hallmark of our philanthropy is our commitment to invest in people with the values, ability and passion to change the world." –​ Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel founded the Mandel Foundation in 1953 in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. The work of the Foundation is grounded in the belief that exceptional leaders, inspired by powerful ideas, are key to improving society and the lives of people arou​nd the world.

The Mandel Foundation aims to contribute to the flourishing of the United States and Israel as just, inclusive, compassionate and democratic societies, and to improve the quality of life in both countries.

The Foundation’s philanthropic work is devoted to the following five areas of engagement: leadership development, management of nonprofits, humanities, Jewish life, and urban engagement.
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