identifies, trains and supports young leaders

The Jeremy Spinak Young Leaders Program

The Jeremy Spinak Young Leaders Program is an initiative of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies which identifies, trains and supports emerging Jewish political and communal leaders.

For further information please contact William Nemesh at 

Applications are now closed but you can express your interest for the next intake by clicking the button below.


The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (JBoD) is the voice of the Jewish community of NSW. It leads, speaks and advocates on behalf of the NSW Jewish community to government, its agencies, the media and other ethnic, religious and cultural organisations. Established in 1945, the JBoD has served the Jewish community for 75 years and currently has 55 communal organisations affiliated to it. 

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Overview of the Program

The Jeremy Spinak Young Leaders Program (JSYLP) is an intensive nine week program which involves a series of workshops, seminars, encounters and tours. Through each session, participants will broaden their knowledge and skills while furthering their leadership capabilities. The program is designed to both inspire and empower each participant to reach their leadership potential.

The JSYLP brings together a select cohort of individuals with an inspiring array of expert presenters and guest speakers. Throughout the program participants will be given resources and opportunities to further their own professional development.

If you are a student or professional aged 18-35 and interested in the Jewish community, public affairs or advancing your own career, we encourage you to apply for this unique opportunity. 

Dates for the 2020 program are:

Week 1: Monday, 12 October

Week 2: Monday, 19 October

Week 3: Monday, 26 October

Week 4: Monday, 2 November

Week 5: Monday, 9 November

Week 6: Monday, 16 November

Week 7: Monday, 23 November

Week 8: Monday, 30 November

Week 9: Monday, 7 December


The Program Covers

Politics: In theory and practice

Learn the art of politics from politicians, journalists and communal leaders. Develop campaign strategies and put your skills to practical use.

The Leader Within

Develop and refine your leadership qualities. Hear from subject matter experts and become the leader you want to be.

The Art of Communication

Use your powers of persuasion to influence others. Develop confidence to deliver speeches and convey key messages to wider audiences.

Connecting & Networking

Understand how to network with those around you and connect with people using social & digital media.

The Commitment

The 2020 program will run from October through to December with a weekly session (on a Monday) lasting up to 5 hours. Participants must attend a minimum of 7 sessions in order to graduate. 


"The program offered superb training and exposure of the Jewish community and the world of politics. It has given me confidence to positively give back to the Jewish community as a young leader"
Mark Collins
Participant 2019
"The Jeremy Spinak Leadership program was an empowering and inspirational experience. I learnt invaluable skills, created life-long relationships as was pushed out of my comfort zone. For anyone interested in future leadership opportunities in the Jewish community, I could not recommend this experience more highly"
Michaela Levine
Participant 2019
"What an incredible program. I feel so lucky to have been involved and enriched by the exceptional calibre of speakers and developed meaningful connections with young Jewish aspiring leaders"
Gabi Stricker-Phelps
Participant 2019

About Jeremy Spinak AM (z''l)

Jeremy Spinak was one of the youngest Presidents of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies. After attending Emanuel School, he acquired a First Class Honours degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of NSW. He later studied International Relations at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Jeremy worked as a policy adviser to two NSW Government ministers and as a legislative aide to a United States senator. He subsequently worked in the property industry and ran his own property funds management business.

He began holding senior positions on the boards of major Jewish organisations while in his early twenties. As President of the Jewish Board of Deputies, he passionately believed in building partnerships and alliances with other ethnic and multi-faith communities as well as providing pathways for emerging leaders. He remarked in a speech night address that ‘the Jewish community has been so successful for so long because our people have been willing to put up their hands and contribute toward community life.’

Jeremy had a keen interest in US politics, history, rugby league and classical music. He was a devoted husband to Rhiannon and father to Grace and Michael. He passed away at the age of 36, five months after being diagnosed with pericardial mesothelioma. In his eulogy, Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins remarked that Jeremy was a ‘beautiful, unique and much appreciated young man of untold value, an excellent unselfish man devoted to Australia, community and family…Jeremy’s light does shine on, through each of us blessed to know him, and into the future.’

Since Jeremy’s passing in November 2018, he has been inducted into the NSW Multicultural Honour Roll and was awarded the Medal of Australia for significant service to the Jewish community, to multicultural relations and to interfaith dialogue.

This leadership program is named in his memory.

Expressions of Interest

Applications for the 2020 program are now closed. If you are interested in applying for the next intake please fill in the form below.

If you are a Jewish student aged 18-24 you may also be interested in the Susan Wakil Fellowship. For more information visit:

Phone: (02) 9360 1600
Address: 146 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Website generously donated by Ryan Shelley and pepperit in memory of Jeremy Spinak AM.

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