J-MAP: The Jewish Mentorship Alliance for Professionals is a unique combination of mentorship and networking within the Jewish community. The Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation and the CareerQuest Professionals at Jewish Family & Career Services are proud to offer this exclusive opportunity with the purpose of enhancing the development of future young adult leaders within Jewish Louisville.


J-MAP is currently hosting its first cohort. Through a six-month program, we connect young Jewish professionals with experienced Jewish professionals from the JFCS and Federation networks and beyond.

Mentors and mentees will be matched with each other based on career interests, professional and personal goals. The program consists of face-to-face meetings, facilitated workshops, and events, including discussions to set and track goals.

J-MAP provides a forum for mentees to develop leadership and interpersonal skills through coaching and feedback while gaining new tools to advance their goals. Mentors will provide young professional participants with expertise and insight needed to grow successfully in their career while providing the opportunity to expand their leadership and interpersonal skills and gain new perspectives and ideas while sharing key insights and achieve personal goals.

Core Components:

  • Connector.


    Experienced leaders with different professions and backgrounds will serve as role models to younger members of the community to offer ongoing professional, personal and philanthropic guidance.

  • Connector.


    Building relationships and a sense of community among the participants within the same cohort.

  • Connector.


    Through a series of workshops participants will be able to explore their chosen career path and better understand their unique skills and strengths such as the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strength Finder.

Can I participate?
Applications to participate in the 2017 inaugural cohort** will open in mid-April. The application deadline for our first cohort is May 22, 2017.

Mentors and mentees must commit to engaging with their partner 1-2 hours per month through in-person meetings, email, phone and/or other methods as needed. They must also be able to attend J-MAP-sponsored mentorship events.

Mentees will:

  • be Jewish or Jewishly-affiliated
  • be between 23-35 years of age
  • have 1-3 year professional experience
  • identify at least three short and/or long-term SMART goals
  • take the initiative to drive the relationship and be responsible for goal-setting and planning
  • be open to feedback and new perspectives and ideas
  • spend 1-2 hours each month engaging with a mentor through in-person meetings, email, phone, and/or other methods as needed
  • attend J-MAP events (including the Orientation/Meyers-Briggs Workshop, and Closing Celebration)

Mentors will:

  • be Jewish or Jewishly-affiliated
  • be between 30-50 years of age
  • have at least five years of relevant professional experience
  • provide ongoing support, feedback, and advice to promote menteeā€™s professional growth and achievement
  • be an active listener and enthusiastic about sharing expertise and past experiences with mentee
  • spend 1-2 hours each month engaging with mentee through in-person meetings, email, phone, and/or other methods as needed
  • attend J-MAP events (including Orientation/ Meyers-Briggs Workshop, and Closing Celebration)

How it works:

The Application Process:

Both Mentees and Mentors will be asked to complete an application and submit a professional resume to be considered for participation.

Mentees from any field of industry, profession, or occupation are welcome to apply for J-MAP, provided they are between the ages of 23-35. Mentees must demonstrate clear goals and objectives for both their career and for the program. All applicants must commit to attending all meetings and events and successfully complete the program.

Please fill out the Application to the best of your ability and include detailed responses. This application will be used to determine each prospective applicants eligibility for the program and will additionally be the primary resource used in facilitating the matching process between mentors and mentees.

Matching Process:

A committee of JFCS and JCL professionals and lay leadership (the steering committee) will review applications and provide mentors with candidates to review. Mentors will select the mentees that they would like to develop. Matches will be made based on the combined goals and expected outcomes of the mentor and mentee.

Learning and Exploring Sessions:

Mentors and mentees will be asked to gather twice throughout the six-month program to learn and explore Jewish leadership and Jewish community together. In addition to these formal gatherings, mentors and mentees will be asked to meet monthly to build their relationship through shared experiences (i.e. office meetings, business meetings, community events, lunch appointments, Shabbat dinners, etc.).

Want to learn more about the value and impact of professional mentorship? We’ve listed some of our favorite tips and resources below.

  • Finding a Mentor Is Easier Than You Think, Forbes
  • Finding a Mentor, Idealist
  • Make Way For Mentoring, PhilanthroFiles
  • 7 Habits of Highly Successful Mentors and Mentorees, Management Mentors

**Please note that not all applicants will be selected for the first cohort. J-MAP will be attempting to match 20-24 mentees and mentors in one-on-one mentoring relationships in its flagship cohort. Therefore, depending upon the career fields and particular skill-sets of our mentors, we may not be able to find an appropriate match for all applicants.