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Project Linda - A Leadership Initiative for teenagers

Have you ever thought about leading a project?

Did you know that leadership skills are a highly sought-after quality which companies look for when considering whom to hire or promote?

Have you ever thought about inspiring new generations through Jewish education and games?

This program will give you tools to educate and mentor children, think creatively and speak in public, while experiencing various fun workshops from education to psychology and from planning to storytelling. Our program affords you the opportunity to develop leadership skills, which will ultimately help you become successful in securing your first job, while giving you the edge you need to advance in your professional career.

Are you up for the challenge?
Are you ready to change the world?

To empower teenagers to become great community leaders, in particular amazing youth groups leaders (a.k.a. madrichim).

This project is based on successful international programs tested and improved for decades.
Nonetheless, it has been adjusted to our needs and conditions. It started in the Fall of 2021 with
Cohort #1 and we are start Cohort #2 in 2023. In Hebrew, this class of program is typically called Hadracha. It intends to be a fun and experiential course to learn the tools to become great Jewish leaders and get hands-on practice. The classes are not structured and formal, but highly experiential and can be classified into 3 groups:

  • Core: leadership, group dynamics, child development, team building, judaics.
  • Skills: improv comedy, storytelling, music, arts, planning, games and creativity.
  • Extra: first aid, security.

The module finishes with a capstone event planning and execution, where the participants in small groups are responsible for running an event selected by them and could extend a few weeks (e.g., fundraiser, sports competitions, child activities on Shabbat or Chag).

The instructors for these very diverse topics include experts in each field and come from our
community as well as hand-picked from the general Metro Atlanta area. Similarly, the program
culminates with a certificate provided by one of the top leaders in the region to every teen that
participated in at least 80% of the classes and accomplished the capstone event.

Classes are typically split between boys and girls.

The project is limited to teenagers in 9th through 12th grades. It is NOT restricted to
members of Congregation Ariel. Register below.

The meetings are on Sundays at 5:30pm until 7:00pm starting on 1/15/2023 all the way through May. Dinner is provided!

We make use of our new classrooms and outdoor areas depending on weather conditions and the nature of the class.

This project is free to participate thanks to the wonderful support of JumpSpark (the youth
department of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta) and the Atlanta Scholars Kollel.

Register Here



Named l'iluy nishmat Ahuva bat Todros, Linda Cohn, an educator extraordinair, who above all, valued warmth, welcomeness and inclusiveness -- all virtues of true Jewish leaders. Knowing that today's teens will be learning vital leadership skills to meaningfully engage local
Jewish youth is a testament to who Linda was and what she valued.

Fri, July 19 2024 13 Tammuz 5784