Yesod is open to anyone in the Savannah Jewish community that wants to gain leadership skills through a Jewish lens.


Participants agree to attend the full program for the 2023 year.


There is a $136 program fee and a minimum gift of $180 to the Annual Campaign. All other costs will be covered by the Savannah Jewish Federation.

Yesod will consist of 8 sessions on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 PM at the JEA.  The program will culminate in graduation at the Savannah Jewish Federation Annual Meeting on Wednesday, September 13, 2023.


For more information, contact Michelle Allan at or 912-355-8111.

Yesod, the Hebrew word for foundation, aptly describes this vital initiative for the Savannah Jewish community. The goal of the Yesod Community Leadership Development Program is to support our community by aiding the development of excellent volunteer leadership.


Developing potential leaders is the most important factor in ensuring the long-term success of our community. Graduates of the YESOD Community Leadership Development Program will help shape the future of the Savannah Jewish Community.


The Yesod curriculum offers insights into personal and organizational leadership through a Jewish perspective. Course content will merge Judaic text study, business skills, leadership theory and experiential application.

Introducing the Participants of Yesod Cohort 3:       

Noah Abrams - Attorney

Kara Adoff - mother, artist, business owner

Michelle Balshem - Graduate student adviser at SCAD

Yuval Bartal - Real estate investor and developer

Carolina Braunschweig - new product development 

Cara Bryant - Self Employed

Katherine Celiz - Administrative Assistant & Family Service Coordinator

Sean Dane-Kellogg - Business Owner

Elizabeth Danosh - Teacher at Chatham Academy

Dean Danosh - Business owner

Keeley Haysman - Life Insurance

David Hoffenberg – COO Memorial Health

Heather Lieberfarb - Assistant Director JEA Savannah Preschool

Lisa Miller - Nurse Practitioner

Rachael O'Mara - SAHM

Jennifer Ozer - Attorney

Arthur Schreier - Consultant

Yosef Shirazi - Consultant

Libby Waldman-Strugatch - Retired