Madison Jewish Leadership Cabinet

What is MadCAB?

MadCAB is the dynamic leadership development program created by the Jewish Federation of Madison. MadCAB brings together a cohort of young adults for an 18-month program designed to enhance their leadership skills and create the next generation of leaders within Madison's Jewish Community. The program's structure aims to build leadership skills through a Jewish lens and includes guest speakers, leadership skill development, mentoring, and several subsidized group trips.


What is the time commitment?

MadCAB participants meet regularly over an 18-month period. Eight weekday evening meetings (dinner provided) will be held every other month from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Participants also take part in three subsidized group trips: to the Jewish Federations of North America's General Assembly conference in Chicago, a civil rights trip within the US, and a trip to Israel. See the proposed calendar below for the upcoming program.


What is the financial commitment?

MadCAB participants are asked to make a minimum donation of $1,000 to the Jewish Federation of Madison's Annual Tzedakah Campaign. Donations may be paid in installments over the course of the first 12 months of the program. The Jewish Federation of Madison will cover the cost of all program materials, as well as partially subsidize all three group trips. As community leaders, we have the opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to our communities through the mitzvah of giving.


How to apply?

Please complete the online application by Monday, August 1, 2022. MadCAB staff will contact you to set up an interview once your submitted application is received.


Please contact Marni Ginsberg at or (608) 442-4077 with any questions about the program. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you are unable to commit to MadCAB's time or financial requirements but are interested in getting involved with the Jewish Federation of Madison in other ways.


MadCAB Calendar 2022-2024

*All dates and session topics are subject to change.


Week of September 19, 2022

Session 1: MadCAB Kickoff and Welcome. Speaker: Leadership styles, Strategic thinking, and Implementing change


October 30-November 1, 2022

Group Trip 1: Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) General Assembly in Chicago


Week of December 5, 2022

Session 2: Book Study: Here All Along by Sara Hurwitz. Judaism is a civilization, and we are all Jews by choice. Find your inner spark.


Week of January 23, 2022

Session 3: Speaker: Madison Jewish Community, Jewish Communal Life, and JFNA


Week of February 20, 2023

Session 4: Speaker: A History of Israel


Week of April 28, 2023

Group Trip 2: Civil Rights Trip within the US
See photos and highlights >


Week of June 26, 2023

Session 5: Speaker: Communication Styles and Effective Volunteering


Week of September 11, 2023

Session 6: Visioning and Group Project


Week of November 6, 2023

Session 7: Speaker: Fundraising


Week of January 22, 2024

Session 8: Wrap up


April or May 2024

Group Trip 3: Trip to Israel

  • Meet MadCAB Cohort 2022-2024

    We are excited to introduce you to the first cohort of the Jewish Federation of Madison's MadCAB: Madison Jewish Leadership Cabinet. Modeled after the Jewish Federation of North America's National Young Leadership Cabinet, this dynamic leadership development program for emerging young Madison area Jewish community leaders launched with nine professionals committed to participating in the 18-month program and serving in a leadership role within the Jewish community.

  • MadCAB Civil Rights Trip

    In April 2023, the Jewish Federation of Madison sent a group of 21 young leaders on a 3 day Civil Rights Social Justice Journey to the Southern United States.