Jewish Studies | Professional Leadership and the Jewish Community
P300 | 26553 | J. Wortman

JSTU-P 300 Professional Leadership and the Jewish Community/3
cr./Judy Wortman
T 6:30-9:00

Students must get authorization from Carolyn Lipson-Walker
( to reserve a seat in the course. Preference
given to JS major and area certificate juniors and seniors.

Have you ever wondered what you can do professionally with your
degree or area certificate in Jewish Studies? Would you like to get
a head start on designing a career path, as a Jewish communal
leader, that is right for you? If you’re curious about the myriad
professional opportunities that exist in the Jewish community, and
about how you can make a difference in the world of professional
Jewish leadership, then this is an essential course for you. You
will learn about the demography, sociology, and structure of
contemporary American Jewry, and will be introduced to the wide
range of agencies serving the community, as well as the most
effective steps to begin a career within them. You will explore the
challenges faced by today’s Jewish professional leaders, and address
the strategic questions that define and shape the future direction
of the Jewish world.

Whether you’re contemplating professional positions, summer
internships, graduate programs, or year-long service opportunities,
you will acquire the tools needed to connect your Jewish learning to
a practical game plan for taking your first steps into professional
life. Through guest presentations made by respected professional and
lay leaders in the field, along with a practicum experience, you
will develop your own vision of an engaging and rewarding
professional life while gaining leadership skills that you will be
able to immediately apply to your job search and early days as a
professional in the field.

The 3 credit class will meet Tuesday nights from 6:30-9:00 p.m.
About half of the sessions will feature prominent guest speakers.
The other half will be devoted to discussion of major issues in the
field, practicum experiences, and student presentations.

We are very fortunate to have Judy Wortman as the instructor for the
Fall 2007 course. Her professional experience includes nine years as
executive vice president of the Jewish Federation of Delaware; six
years as executive vice president of the Jewish Federation of South
New Jersey; the executive vice president of the Jewish
Reconstructionist Federation; and the directorship of the Gershman Y
in Philadelphia, an arts-centered Jewish community center. She has
an MSW in Social Administration from Temple University and a
certificate in non-profit management from the University of Delaware.

The Borns Jewish Studies Program has long been committed to the
career development of its students. With this ground-breaking
course, the first of its kind taught in an undergraduate Jewish
studies program (funded by the Professional Leaders Project), career
support moves into the classroom curriculum.

Fulfills: Jewish Studies History and Society course