About Jump


JUMP begins with a two day leadership conference in a hotel in New York. JUMP teams, consisting of 6-8 students from high schools across the country, come together to participate in intensive hands-on leadership workshops and activities, and hear from prominent and influential speakers. Through collaborative and educational activities and programming, participants learn critical leadership skills, while networking with peers from across the country. These acquired skills are put to the test with the launch of the JUMP Challenge at the conference.


The JUMP Challenge requires each JUMP team to create, plan and execute a program or event in their schools and communities upon their return from the JUMP conference. Three challenge routes are presented at the conference, each team is required to choose two challenges that they will fulfil.

Last year the challenge routes were:

  • Tefillah Challenge
  • Outreach Challenge
  • Synagogue and Community Challenge

Each challenge is carefully designed to develop and build critical aspects of leadership that can be applied throughout life and more specifically, while serving the Jewish community.

Once the challenge begins, each JUMP team will meet weekly, over the course of 4 months, with their assigned JUMP mentor to complete their challenges by the end of February. Upon completion of all the events, the five most successful teams are invited to attend the JUMP Boardroom where the JUMP winner is selected.


JUMP culminates in March with the five most successful finalist JUMP teams presenting their executive summaries to a panel of prestigious and influential judges in a Boardroom in Manhattan.  The JUMP teams have the opportunity to showcase their events and receive inspirational and promising feedback from the judges resulting in the selection of a JUMP champion.  Past judges include:

Raanan Agus, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs
Allen Fagin, Executive Vice President/Chief Professional Office, OU
David M.Friedman, Partner Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP
Larry Gordon, Editor of the Five Towns Jewish Times
Charlie Harary, CEO of H3 Capital LLC
Allison Josephs, “The Jew in the City”
Phil Rosen, Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Gary Rosenblatt, Editor of the Jewish Week
Rebecca Sugar, Director of The Birthright Alumni Community
Ivanka Trump, Executive VP of Development & Acquisitions Trump Organization
Rabbi Steven Weil, Senior Managing Director OU

Some quotes from our judges:

“I have personally had the opportunity to serve as a mentor and judge for what may be the most important high school initiative of the past decade: NCSY JUMP, a program designed to build leadership skills and the JUMP Challenge.  With the ingenuity and creativity of these students, I have never been more confident in the future of American Jewry and its support of the State of Israel.”
Phil Rosen

“Our future is so promising with JUMP in it.  My hope and prayer is that people all over the world will see what JUMP is doing and emulate it.”
Charlie Harary

“It never ceases to amaze me that so much talent, energy, enthusiasm and creativity can be assembled in one room. The future of the Jewish people is in very good hands, and it is being molded and nurtured by the best of the best…NCSY, once again, made us all very proud.”
Allen Fagin

“There is often talk about people being fearful about the Jewish future.  With the young leaders I saw at JUMP, there is nothing to fear!”
Allison Josephs

“Although the day judged the success of the various achievements of the students, it’s important to remember that it was the good acts, leadership opportunities, and the skills built throughout the year that will be the legacy of the JUMP Challenge.”
Ivanka Trump