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Professional Experience

StandWithUs | Chicago, IL
May 2021Present

IsraelLINK Managing Director of Communications, Partnerships, & Professional Development

  • Oversaw communication strategies, training, and outside partnerships, ensuring consistent messaging and branding
  • Directed professional development programs, organized educator workshops, collaborated on special presentations
  • Developed and executed social media, marketing, and PR strategies, and increased online engagement
  • Managed special presentations, donor communications, and fundraising campaigns
  • Trained staff in database use, generated reports, and ensured platform efficiency
  • Identified conference opportunities, curated partnerships, and contributed to departmental management

IsraelLINK National Associate Director for Leadership & Communications (Dec 2022 - Aug 2023)

  • Established and directed the Etta & David Jonas Israel Educators Fellowship, a professional development program for classroom teachers and school administrators
  • Successfully completed a comprehensive rebranding process, including developing a new teachers' manual 
  • Oversaw the design and construction of a new external-facing website and a subscription-based digital educational platform, contributing to an enhanced online presence and user experience
  • Acted as the project lead for external communications, marketing strategies, graphic design, and social media campaigns, effectively promoting the organization and its initiatives
  • Implemented new internal systems for project management and communications, streamlining workflows and empowering greater team collaboration
  • Served as hiring manager and direct supervisor for associate-level staff and paid interns 

IsraelLINK Midwest Regional Director

  • Led Midwest regional engagement, managing schools, stakeholder relationships, and educator training
  • Successfully wrote an expanded grant renewal for $1,060,000
  • Oversaw a portfolio of 105 educational institutions across the Midwest, facilitating client relations and retention
  • Provided training and mentorship to 240+ educators
MASORTI X | Chicago, IL
May 2019Present

Founder & Executive Creative Director

  • Led a team of thought leaders, artists, and creative professionals
  • Managed a series of forums bringing together a diverse range of Jewish thinkers
  • Provided strategic advisory and consultant services to outside organizations through the creation of various deliverables, such as websites, program series, and fundraising campaigns
Hillel Milwaukee | Milwaukee, WI
Jun 2018 Jun 2020

Jewish Educator & Engagement Specialist, Springboard Ezra Fellow

  • Collaborated with student leaders from 12 colleges and universities in the Milwaukee area, resulting in two years of record-setting undergraduate engagement at a growth rate of 20% annually
  • Successfully launched the Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF), achieving a participation growth rate of 150% year over year
  • Wrote and received several grants for supplemental programs
  • Managed Shabbat and Jewish holidays services, as well as provided experiential Jewish learning for all Hillel activities
  • Served as the representative for the Jewish community, holding the position of campus minister for Marquette University Affiliated Ministry and co-chair of the Spiritual and Religious Communities at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center | Jerusalem, Israel
May 2017Jun 2018

Strategic Communications & Engagement Associate

  • Collaborated with the Director of Engagement and worked closely with the Executive Director to develop compelling external messaging for both short- and long-term programs
  • Created flexible template-based promotional materials to recruit program participants and showcase programmatic success to donors effectively
  • Disseminated news, events, and educational materials to USCJ-affiliated congregations, alumni groups, Hillel campus centers, and the global Jewish community through newsletters, social media channels, dynamic web platforms, and press releases
Camp Ramah in the Berkshires | Englewood, NJ | Wingdale, NY
May 2009Aug 2015

Off-Season Operations & Retreats Manager

  • Oversaw camp side operations and logistics during post-season use of the property, liason between guests and Camp
  • Supervised a team of 12 staff members 

Communications Coordinator

  • Headed the Digital Arts Group, supervising photography, video, and radio educational programs
  • Managed staff photographers and videographers, oversaw content creation and cataloging for digital and print promotional materials

Special Assistant to the Director

  • Assisted the Director and Associate Director with database development for sensitive camper and staff information
  • Established safety and security protocols for missing camper and intruder scenarios
  • Collaborated with the Registrar, Operations Manager, and Office Manager on various administrative tasks

Kashrut Supervisor / Mashgiach

  • Acted as an on-site supervisor and inspector, representing the certifying rabbi (Rav Hamachshir)
  • Supervised all food deliveries; ensured all food arriving at Camp had approved Kosher certification
  • Monitored on-site food preparation, ensuring compliance with Jewish dietary guidelines
  • Held an educational role in explaining Kashrut rules to both the Jewish and non-Jewish community and fostered relationships with the kitchen staff

Lay Leadership Experience

Masorti On Campus | New York, NY
2013Present

President & Co-Founder

  • Developed the organization's long-term vision and goals, aligning them with strategic planning initiatives
  • Led fundraising efforts, generating support by cultivating relationships with established national organizations
  • Established and maintained partnerships within the global Masorti (Conservative) Movement, focusing on student outreach
  • Facilitated effective campus and community outreach, including six national student leadership conferences, a multi-campus student fellowship pilot program, and a multi-campus micro-grant venture funding unique programs at 30 institutions
MERCAZ USA, Inc. | New York, NY
2018Present

Vice President

  • Executive Committee • Nominating Committee • Representative to the American Zionist Movement
  • Delegate to Extraordinary Zionist Congress (2023) & 38th World Zionist Congress (2020)
  • Alternate Delegate to 37th World Zionist Congress (2015) • Alternate Delegate to the Zionist General Council 
Trad Egal Shtiebel | Chicagio, IL
2022Present

Member, The Leadership Team

American Zionist Movement | New York, NY
2021Present

Member, Board of Directors

JamJews, Ltd. | Fayetteville, WV
2020Present

Member, Board of Directors • Executive Committee

Milwaukee Jewish Federation | Milwaukee, WI
20192020

Member, Young Leadership Division Council

Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey | Paramus, NJ
20142015

Member, Jewish Community Relations Council • Israel and World Affairs Committee

Radio Broadcast Experience

WHRW 90.5 FM | Binghamton, NY
20152016

On-Air Talent, Producer

  • Moderated and produced The Religious Panel, a weekly talk show
Kol Ramah 102.3 FM | Wingdale, NY
20112014

Radio Station Manager, On-Air Talent, Producer

  • Developed curriculum and taught radio broadcasting to children and teens ages 8-16
  • Oversaw live broadcasts, podcast production, brand development, and website traffic growth with social media integration
WSAM 105.3 FM | West Hartford, CT
20102012

On-Air Talent, Producer

Education, Degree Programs

Academy for Torah Initiatives and Directions (ATID) | Jerusalem, Israel
2024

Rabbinic Ordination

Yeshivat M'vakair Cholim | Cleveland, OH
2023

Rabbinic Ordination

Binghamton University | Binghamton, NY
2016

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Sociology and Religious Studies

University of Hartford | West Hartford, CT

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Judaic Studies

Education, Additional Coursework

Institute for Curriculum Services | San Francisco, CA
2024

Teaching the History of European Antisemitism (Launch Cohort)

Institute for Curriculum Services | San Francisco, CA
2024

Teaching the History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict Using Primary Sources (Winter 2023 Asynchronous Cohort)

M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education | Chicago, IL
2023

Certificate in Values-based Education

The iCenter | Northbrook, IL
2023

Certificate in Conflict Education

JOIN for Justice | Boston, MA
2021

Don't Kvetch, Organize!: Conservative Movement Cohort

American Jewish University | Los Angeles, CA
2019

Ziering Brandeis Collegiate Institute (BCI)

Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem | Jerusalem, Israel
2018

Fellowship, Talmud and Jewish Philosophy

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) | New York, NY
2016

Fellowship, Talmud and Rabbinic Literature

Yale University | New Haven, CT
2014

Open Yale Courses

RLST 145    Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible)    Instructor: Christine Hayes
RLST 152    Introduction to the New Testament History and Literature    Instructor: Dale B. Martin

Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel
2010

Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem; Certificate in Jewish Educator Training

Licenses & Certifications

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) | February 2023

Project Management Institute • Issued Feb 2023

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt | January 2023

IASSC Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt™ (ICGB™) • Issued Jan 2023

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA | December 2022 

National Council for Mental Wellbeing • Issued Dec 2022 · Expires Jan 2025

AKO Mashgiach Certificate – cRc Edition | August 2021

Kosher Institute of America, Association of Kashrus Organizations (AKO); Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc) edition

Awards

Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Award | 2nd Recipient | November 2015 
The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism's Cardin Award honors those whose vision or ideas motivate and inspire engagement from others. It celebrates an individual who demonstrates exceptional leadership through dynamism and creativity. Recipients are recognized based on the clarity of their vision and the articulation and dissemination of that vision.

Best Social Media Director, Management Award | January 2015
Intercollegiate Broadcasting System for work on Radio Kol Ramah, Camp Ramah in the Berkshires

Invited Presentations

  1. Invited Speaker. "Dismantling the Edifice Complex: Building a Mishkan for the 21st Century."
    Exploring Judaism / Rabbinical Assembly Tikkun Leil Shavuot 5783/2023. Chicago, IL. 25 May 2023.
  2. Invited Speaker. "Masorti On Campus & Beyond: Engaging Young and Emerging Adults." 
    The Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel. New York, NY. 14 Sept 2021.
  3. Panelist. "Roundtable with the Israel Government on a World Jewry Consultation Body."
    Israel Ministry of Diaspora Affairs & American Zionist Movement. New York, NY. 21 Dec 2020.
  4. Invited Speaker. "Witches In Judaism, Where Are They?"
    Beth Jacob Synagogue. Hamilton, ON. 27 Oct 2020.
  5. Panelist. "Don't Let Anti-Semitism Raise Its Head." 
    38th World Zionist Congress. Jerusalem, Israel. 21 Oct 2020. 
  6.  Invited Speaker. "Sukkot Reflection: Indigenous Peoples Day."
    Lakeview Beit Midrash. Chicago, IL. 8 Oct 2020.
  7. Guest Lecturer. "An Intro to the Torah: Understanding Ancient Books."
    History of Books & Printing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Milwaukee, WI. 14 Mar 2019; 24 Oct 2019; 13 Feb 2020.
  8. Invited Speaker. "Report: Masorti On Campus." 
    MERCAZ USA General Council Meeting. New York, NY. 11 Nov 2018.
  9. Guest Lecturer. "The Torah: Using an Ancient Book." 
    History of Books & Printing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Milwaukee, WI. 25 Oct 2018.
  10. Invited Speaker. "Report: Status of Conservative Judaism on Campus" 
    General Assembly of Kehillot Meeting, USCJ Convention: Shape the Center. Schaumburg, IL. 15 Nov 2015. 

Publications

  1. Leiderman, Eric M. "Embracing Kitniyot on Passover." ExploringJudaism.org. 15 April 2024. https://www.exploringjudaism.org/holidays/passover/how-to-make-your-zoom-seder-not-suck/ 
  2. Leiderman, Eric M. "Tu Bishvat: Planting Our Legacy." Times of Israel. 25 Jan 2024.
    https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/tu-bishvat-planting-our-legacy/ 
  3. Leiderman, Eric M. "The Ruptured Pipeline of Conservative Judaism." Times of Israel. 27 Dec 2023.
    https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-ruptured-pipeline-of-conservative-judaism/ 
  4. Leiderman, Eric M. "Illuminating Resilience in the Festival of Lights." Times of Israel. 8 Dec 2023. https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/illuminating-resilience-in-the-festival-of-lights/ 
  5. Leiderman, Eric M. "Embracing Tradition: The Power of Daily Tefillin Wrapping." Times of Israel. 14 Nov 2023.
    https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/embracing-tradition-the-power-of-daily-tefillin-wrapping/ 
  6. Leiderman, Eric M. "How to Make Your Zoom Seder Not Suck." ExploringJudaism.org. 3 April 2022. https://www.exploringjudaism.org/holidays/passover/how-to-make-your-zoom-seder-not-suck/ 
  7. Leiderman, Eric M. Featured Article. "Masorti On Campus . . . Mercaz USA." MERCAZ USA. 5 July 2021.
    mercazusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/MERCAZ-USA-Summer-2021-Newsletter-Version-070521-1800.pdf 
  8. Leiderman, Eric M. "A Millennial Yankee in Theodor Herzl’s Court (Unabridged)." Times of Israel. 1 Nov 2020.
    blogs.timesofisrael.com/a-millennial-yankee-in-theodor-herzls-court-unabridged/ 
  9. Leiderman, Eric M. "A Millennial Yankee in Theodor Herzl’s Court." Jewish Standard. 28 Oct 2020.
    jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com/a-millennial-yankee-in-theodor-herzls-court/ 
  10. Leiderman, Eric M. "A Jewish Reflection: Indigenous Peoples Day." Interfaith America, Interfaith Youth Core. 12 Oct 2020. ifyc.org/article/jewish-reflection-indigenous-peoples-day 
  11. Leiderman, Eric M. "Dvar Torah." Torah Sparks from the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. 12 Sep 2020.
    docs.google.com/document/d/120O73lWK4m6ZfoTdQEnNsF6t19-T1Fl_R-r0yKFx5SM/edit
  12. Leiderman, Eric M. "Beginnings and Endings: Deuteronomy’s Messages for Us." The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle. 2 May 2019. jewishchronicle.org/2019/05/02/beginnings-and-endings-deuteronomys-messages-for-us/
  13. Leiderman, Eric M. "How to Save Conservative Judaism in One Simple Step." Times of Israel. 19 Jun 2017.
    blogs.timesofisrael.com/how-to-save-conservative-judaism-in-one-simple-step/

Popular Press

  1. Salant, Izzy, and Wecker, Menachem. "DC Rally Attendee: 'It Felt Like Every Jew in the World Was There with Us'." Jewish News Syndicate, JNS.org, 15 Nov. 2023, https://www.jns.org/dc-rally-attendee-it-felt-like-every-jew-in-the-world-was-there-with-us/
  2. Hillel News. "No One is Alone." Hillel International. 16 Mar 2020.
    hillel.org/about/news-views/news-views---blog/news-and-views/2020/03/16/no-one-is-alone
  3. Goldrich, Lois. "Leaving Institutional Egos Behind." Jewish Standard. 12 Mar 2020. 
    jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com/leaving-institutional-egos-behind/
  4. Gringauz, Lev. "17. Your Vote Matters!." (Podcast) TC Jewfolk. 28 Jan 2020. 
    spreaker.com/user/jewfolk/17-your-vote-matters
  5. Golub, Rob. "Hillel Milwaukee Pumps Up Staff, Jewish Education." The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle. 27 Aug 2018.
    jewishchronicle.org/2018/08/27/hillel-milwaukee-pumps-up-staff-jewish-education/
  6. Palmer, Joanne. "Continuity is Not a Numbers Game." Jewish Standard. 22 Mar 2018.
    jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com/continuity-is-not-a-numbers-game/
  7. Goldrich, Lois. "Rutgers to Host Masorti on Campus Shabbaton." Jewish Standard. 26 Jan 2017.
    jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com/rutgers-to-host-masorti-on-campus-shabbaton/
  8. Palmer, Joanne. "Being a Conservative Jew on Campus." Jewish Standard. 12 May 2016.
    jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com/being-a-conservative-jew-on-campus/
  9. Esserman, Rabbi Rachel. "BU student Eric M. Leiderman wins 2015 Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Award." 
    The Reporter [Binghamton, NY] Nov-Dec 2015. Volume XLIV, Number 48. Pages 1, 4. 
  10. Goldrich, Lois. "Asking the Right Questions." Jewish Standard. 19 Nov 2015. 
    jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com/asking-the-right-question/
  11. Pollak, Suzanne. "Conservatives Emphasize Youth in Biennial Push." Washington Jewish Week. 18 Nov 2015.
    washingtonjewishweek.com/26943/conservatives-emphasize-youth-in-biennial-push/news/
  12. eJP. "USCJ Announces Winner of 2015 Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Award." eJewish Philanthropy. 16 Nov 2016.
    ejewishphilanthropy.com/uscj-announces-winner-of-2015-shoshana-s-cardin-leadership-award/
  13. Bridwell, Lindsey. "Building Campus Community." Baltimore Jewish Times. 6 Feb 2015.
    jewishtimes.com/34290/building-campus-community/news/local-news/
  14. Special to NJJN. "Conservative Youth Seek Campus Revival." New Jersey Jewish News. 22 Jan 2014.
    njjewishnews.timesofisrael.com/conservative-youth-seek-campus-revival/#.UuvqXGRdVaE
  15. Palmer, Joanne. "Resurrecting Koach?" Jewish Standard. 17 Jan 2014. 
    jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com/resurrecting-koach/?/content/item/resurrecting_koach
  16. Goldrich, Lois. "Koach Closes." Jewish Standard. 21 Jun 2013.
    jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com/resurrecting-koach/?/content/item/resurrecting_koach