Selah Leadership Program

Organizationally, Selah offered my team concrete tools to become more flexible and adaptive. Selah taught us new ways to do things, to evaluate our work, and to strengthen our organizational thinking. 

-Ruth Messinger, Cohort 7: Organizational

Selah is accepting applications for our 14th Cohort, due October 12th, 2015. Apply Here.

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Investing in Leaders

Bend the Arc’s Selah Leadership Program trains a cross-section of leaders in Jewish, non-Jewish and secular organizations to be effective, sustainable and collaborative agents for change.

Selah provides unparalleled training for leaders, new tools to enhance their vision and facilitate organizational change, and the opportunity to learn among some of the nation's most innovative and inspiring Jewish social change leaders. After all, no social justice leader works alone. Since its founding in 2004, we Selahniks at the 2013 Selah Network Gatheringhave trained over 300 leaders from more than 200 organizations.

The Selah Approach

The Selah Leadership Program is rooted in the approach that by transforming leaders, we are better able to transform society. Over a period of six months, each Selah cohort brings 22 to 26 social change leaders together for seven days of intensive leadership and management training, with ongoing learning throughout the program. Selah approaches this learning process on three levels: the individual, the institution, and the field and integrates personal development, organizational effectiveness, and collaboration skills.

    • Selah enhances individual capacity and capabilities to create widespread change.

Selah's top-tier training helps leaders clarify their visions and hone the personal skills and strategies necessary to achieve them.

    • Selah supports and sustains leaders working for social justice.

By better understanding themselves and the landscapes in which they work, leaders can work more effectively for change and prevent burnout.

    • Selah fosters connections and community.

After completing the Selah training, participants become members of the Selah Network, the only national forum of its kind where Jewish social change professionals can foster relationships, strategize, learn from one another, and find the support they need for visioning for social change.


The Selah Leadership Program is a program of Bend the Arc, in partnership with the Rockwood Leadership Institute.  Selah’s generous supporters include the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Grossberg Abrams Foundation.

Recent Headlines


New Selah Cohort to Support the Leadership of Jews of Color


Recruitment has begun for the fourteenth cohort of Bend the Arc’s flagship Selah Leadership Program. The program will serve Jews of Color who are leading within social justice movements and who value a supportive Jewish space to grow their leadership, build community, re-energize and make change.

Over 100 Change Leaders Attend Our Largest Selah Network Convening


On Sunday, February 8, over 110 alumni of the Selah Leadership Program convened in Maryland — the largest convening of alumni ever. All 13 cohorts of the program were represented, and many alumni traveled from as far away as the West Coast to participate.