Yesod - Board Foundation Program

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Building a new generation of leaders

Yesod is Hebrew for 'foundations'. This is a 10-month program - commencing in February 2021 - to prepare a new generation of leaders to be the ‘foundations’ of the Jewish community.

For 2021, Jewish Care has partnered with The Observership Program to broaden participants’ exposure to aspiring non-executive directors in the not-for-profit sector.

We are indebted to the Szalmuk-Singer family and the Kline-Joel family for making the program possible with their generous support.

Yesod is the premier leadership and community engagement program for the next generation of Jewish leaders.
- Jesse Kochen, Yesod alumni

The Yesod Program Components and Commitment:

  • formal Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) training and subsequent accreditation via the AICD course “Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors”.

    The program provides participants with a solid understanding of the professional duties and responsibilities of not-for-profit board directors, additionally exploring strategy and risk. This includes additional sessions on the Aged Care sector and Ethics (100% attendance required);
  • attendance at monthly Jewish Care Board Sub-Committee meetings to gain firsthand experience of governance structures and processes alongside witnessing the dynamics of board leadership on a not-for-profit board (80% attendance required);
  • one-on-one mentoring with a Jewish Care board director;
  • participation in Chatham House sessions with applauded keynote speakers and interactive workshops with the wider NFP sector (75% attendance required);
  • participation in a Jewish Care board meeting (compulsory); and
  • attendance at a Debrief and graduation event (compulsory).

All sessions and meetings take place outside business hours.

2021 Intake – how to apply

Applications have been extended and are now OPEN until 5pm, Tuesday 3 November 2020.

Professionals with at least 5 years of professional employment can apply to the program.

Please submit your application on-line via :

Please ignore CLOSED button on The Observership Program website.

Coupon code: 21JCVIC 


  • Please only use the link above to apply.
  • DO NOT use the ‘apply now’ button on The Observership Program website as your application would be allocated to the wrong stream if you do.
  • Once you have clicked on the above link, the system will ask you to set up an account.
  • On the final application page: 
    • Enter the coupon code: 21JCVIC
    • Click on ‘apply’ directly under the coupon code
    • Click Submit.

Application form contact: Belinda Da Silva, [email protected] or 0414 516 587 

Jewish Care contact: Louise Shostak, [email protected] or 03 8517 5963


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