POWER in 2020

Education & Leadership between Corruption & Fear
In partnership with the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America


Power in 2020 is a critical six-month exploration of power, education, and leadership.

Researched and designed by M² and the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America Power in 2020 brings the most relevant Jewish texts and ideas together with cutting-edge educational models and tools, to ensure that the current and next generation of leaders and educators can bravely explore – and make commitments towards – a more responsible, equitable and courageous Jewish world.

Piloting in Los Angeles for thirty local Jewish community professionals Power in 2020 is a selective professional development program comprised of two immersive seminars and five gatherings, all within the LA area.


We live in a Jewish community which aspires to ethical leadership, and yet our conduct too often fails to live up to this standard. The Jewish community mirrors the same inequities around gender, race and class, and the scandal and misuse of power.

Yet at the same time, our fear of yielding our power bravely and responsibility – to set out a vision or to make commitments to values and actions – can often lead to inertia and paralysis.

The gaps between our values and our actions challenge the moral integrity of our communities.

Power in 2020: Education & Leadership Between Corruption & Fear aims to bring together locally based Jewish community professionals from a broad range of backgrounds to learn and address the challenges and opportunities around who – as educators and leaders – we must become.


Power in 2020 includes two immersive seminars – each three days long – featuring text study designed and delivered by SHI NA Faculty and multi-disciplinary educational frameworks and tools developed & facilitated by M² faculty.

Seminars will take place within a two-hour drive of Los Angeles.

Seminar 1: Power Between Corruption and Fear

February 10 – 12, 2020

Seminar 2: The Currencies of Power

June 8 – 10, 2020

In addition to the seminars, between March and September 2020, participants gather in person for five lunchtime intensives, designed to promote cross-institution reflective practice and inter-institution support for change.

At and in between these gatherings, participants are additionally provided with optional distance learning sessions and coaching calls.

All five lunchtime gatherings will take place in Los Angeles.


  • Be part of this international pilot and cutting-edge community-wide initiative
  • Engage in the most important ideas of our time
  • Transform the discourse and practice of the ethics of power
  • Create a shared language with a diverse group professional in your community
  • Make a courageous commitment to change


  • A professional, educator, or organizational leader in the Los Angeles Jewish community, with demonstrated impact
  • Excited about delving into the world of Jewish ideas educational frameworks
  • Have the position and support to make a difference



The program cost is $1,200, which includes all seminars and meetings, accommodation and food.

Participants are responsible for their own travel and related expenses.

Tuition for M² Circles: Relational Learning is $1,800 + a $180 registration fee. Tuition covers all programmatic costs, double occupancy accommodations, domestic airfare for all three gatherings, and food. Cost does not cover travel to/from airports or additional airline and other fees. Single occupancy accommodation is available at an extra charge.


Piloting in Los Angeles this winter with support from the Jim Joseph Foundation, Power in 2020 is a partnership between M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education and the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America.

Contact us to find out more about upcoming Circles!