Kolot was established in 1997 in response to the growing number of Israeli leadership members who have limited Jewish literacy. It seeks to expose Israeli leaders from all religious backgrounds to the importance of tikkun olam (repairing the world) through the study of Jewish texts. Its lay leadership programs for professionals, including security service professionals, physicians and caregivers, and hi-tech and business professionals, aim to increase leaders' Jewish literacy, allowing for teachings from the Torah to be relevant to modern day life. At the core of Kolot's philosophy is the belief that Torah study provides the impetus to create a cultural-social debate that is pluralistic, current and relevant.
Evaluation of Kolot's Lay Leadership programs, which involve Jewish text study to enable Israeli leaders to integrate Jewish values and social action into their role as leaders.