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Andrea Hendler

Director of the Israel Program

Most recently, Hendler served as Director of Community and Leadership Development for Kesher Hadash, a program of the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Davidson School of Education in Israel. In this role, she fostered skills in community building and enhanced leadership for Master in Jewish Education students participating in a semester-in-Israel program.

Before relocating to Israel in October 2013, Hendler was Senior Manager of the Board Leadership Program at Business Volunteers Maryland. For the previous three years, she provided consulting services to nonprofit organizations in the areas of leadership development, nonprofit capacity building and support for social innovation. She spent the 2009-2010 academic year in Israel as a recipient of the Mandel Foundation’s fellowship in educational leadership.

Hendler has held a variety of other positions including Director of the Muehlstein Institute for Jewish Professional Leadership, a professional development and training initiative for emerging leaders in Jewish communal service; Executive Director of Project Interchange at UJA-Federation of New York; Director of Global Volunteer Programs and Africa/Asia Desk Director at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee; and North American Director of Project OTZMA.

Hendler received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Vermont, a Master of Arts degree in Jewish Studies from Baltimore Hebrew University, and a Master of Policy Sciences degree from the University of Maryland. She also completed a certificate in Training and Organizational Development at New York University’s School of Continuing Professional Studies.