Eliana Leader oversees the retreat center at Ramah Darom, a position she took after serving as the executive director of Young Israel of Toco Hills during its transition to a new, green building on LaVista Road. A 2009 graduate of the University of Maryland, Leader is a past chair of Limmud Atlanta + Southeast’s Limmudfest and a former program director for the organization’s YAD young leadership cohort. She is a delegate representing North America for Limmud International.
After she got a certificate of experiential Jewish education from Yeshiva University, Leader worked with Jewish Kids Groups from 2012 to 2014 and Birthright Israel NEXT from 2011 to 2012. This summer she is receiving the Abe Schwartz Young Leadership Award from the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. The Atlanta native lives in Toco Hills with husband Yoni Kaplan and daughters Aria and Solelle.
“Just like in other areas of 21st century life, I think we will see greater and greater opportunities and desires in customization for individuals’ Jewish community participation and experiences,” Leader said. “The idea of buying into a membership will radically change. More and more, you will see people individually investing in meaningful experiences and less on identifying with one group or denomination. The idea of community will become more fluid as people seek to connect their Judaism with other personal passions and interests.”