Adam Science 2016-17 Celebrates Their Graduation


Participants in the 25th anniversary Adam Science Leadership Programme (ASLP) celebrated their graduation last month amongst friends, family and communal leaders at a ceremony at Ort House.

The ASLP is a long-running leadership development programme for young adults, run by Lead, a division of the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC). The redesigned programme launched in May last year and provided leadership training via an open Foundations Course for 40 young adults. From this pool, a cohort of 15 was recruited for the Leadership Programme, which for the first time was designed and delivered in partnership with Cass Business School’s Centre for Charity Effectiveness (Cass CCE). Participants took part in leadership sessions on vision, strategy, innovation, fundraising and Jewish literacy.

During the graduation ceremony, former JLC Chairman Sir Mick Davis gave the keynote address, advising this new cadre of leaders to get involved in something they feel passionate about. Lisa Science, whose brother the programme is named in memory of, spoke movingly about Adam and his legacy. Over its 25 year history, the programme has developed 264 communal leaders, with alumni going on to become Trustees, Board members, Deputies, Governors and lay leaders in a wide range of communal organisations, Jewish day schools and synagogues/minyanim.  

Reflecting on her time on the Foundations Course, Jerusalemite Yasmin Zlotogorski said;

”The course has given us an understanding of our community’s physical and abstract structures, and has helped me identify the tools I will require in making a difference”.

Speaking about the Mentoring she had received on the programme, Yszi Hawkings commented that it had helped her to think about what it means to be actively involved in the community and how she can make her voice heard.

Lead will now continue to work with this new cohort of graduates to help them find their role in the community.