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The Jewish Changemakers Fellowship offers three-weeks of online leadership development over the summer for current and aspiring Jewish leaders, between the ages of 20-24. Those who complete the summer requirements (7-10 hours/week) earn a $350 stipend. Changemakers accepts candidates from North America and around the world and values Jewish diversity in the selection process.
Following the summer, Changemakers alumni will have exclusive access to curated opportunities for ongoing Jewish engagement and leadership development – locally, across North America, and globally – organized around three key themes: Career Networking, Service & Advocacy, and Global Jewish Life.
undergrad session: June 13-30, 2022
working | grad school | other session: July 25-August 11, 2022
Current and aspiring Jewish leaders, 20-24 years old. Those who are turning 20 by August 31, 2022, will also be considered.
We are looking for people with an interest in honing their leadership skills, who have a strong motivation to make the world a better place.
Changemakers is a warm, welcoming, open community, without any requirements or expectations of Jewish knowledge or observance. We are simply looking for Jewish young adults, 20-24, who bring their curiosity, originality, ideas and enterprising spirit to the Changemakers experience. All that’s needed is a desire to learn and engage!
No! In fact, Changemakers awards a stipend of $350 to all participants who complete the program requirements.
Changemakers is committed to making the program accessible to all. You have the opportunity to share your accommodation needs in the application.
No problem! All prospective Fellows, 20-24 years old, who see themselves as changemaking Jewish leaders are eligible candidates, regardless of citizenship. Please see the Changemakers schedule to be sure that you’re able to attend the required sessions that will be conducted in Eastern Standard Time. Please note that all sessions are facilitated in English.
Applications opened on April 11 with limited slots and rolling admissions. Undergrad (June 13-30) have closed. Working | Grad School | Other Session (July 25-August 11) applications close July 24th. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. In an undergraduate program and interested in being kept in form of the next opportunity? Please complete our interest form.
Changemakers covers three key themes:
1. Week 1: Professional Development – What do I need to know about myself to succeed professionally? What’s my personal story and mission?
2. Week 2: Global Jewish Community - Jews live all around the world. In some global locations, Jewish roots trace back 100’s or even 1000’s of years! What does it mean to be part of this global Jewish community? How do we engage with Jews who have cultural and historical perspectives different than ours? What does it mean to be Jewish in our ever-changing and diverse landscape?
Week 3: Service & Advocacy - How can I contribute meaningfully and make change around the issues I care about most? How do I deepen my knowledge of societal challenges where I think my voice could make a real difference?
The entire experience is guided by the public narrative leadership model developed by Harvard professor Marshall Ganz, which brings values to action through three different types of narratives: Story of Self, Story of Us, and Story of Now. Leading – particularly during these challenging times – requires understanding our own individual story, our collective story, and what’s happening in the world today.
Yes! Changemakers requires access to a computer and reliable internet. Changemakers includes individual, small group, and large session formats, so that participants have multiple opportunities to connect with each other. It’s a mix of video, breakouts, podcasts, and virtual meet-up’s. All content is accessible through the password-protected Changemakers website, which participants will gain access to once accepted to the Fellowship.
Changemakers requires approximately 7-12 hours/per week for each of the three weeks. Please note all times are in Eastern Daylight Time (NY)
Undergrad Session (June 13-30) | Majority Synchronous Synchronous/Live: Monday: Core: 12:00 PM-1:15 PM | Cohort: 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Tuesday: Core: 12:00 PM -1:15 PM Wednesday: Elective: 12:00 PM–12:45 PM Thursday: Core: 12:00 PM-1:15 PM | Cohort: 1:30 PM-2:30PM Friday: Optional Group Meetings: 12:00 PM-12:45 PM Asynchronous/On-Demand: Optional podcasts and learnings
Working | Grad School | Other Session (July 25-August 11) Asynchronous Curriculum, Live Community: Synchronous/Live: Kickoff: July 25, 8:00 PM Graduation: August 11, 8:00 PM Weekly Live Cohort Meetings: Wednesdays, 8:00 PM In your cohort's time zone Friday Optional Group Meetings: 12:00 PM-12:45 PM Asynchronous/On-Demand: Core Courses Electives
The cohort (approximately 10-15 participants) provides each Changemaker a ‘home base’ to connect, reflect and share throughout the Fellowship.
Coaches are seasoned Jewish community professionals or lay leaders who exemplify the Changemaker ethos and inspire their small groups to make meaning from the experience and gain maximum benefit from their time as Fellows. Click here to apply to become a coach.
Changemakers is a program of The Jewish Federations of North America, www.jfna.org. JFNA builds flourishing Jewish communities by protecting and enhancing the wellbeing of Jews worldwide.
To build a community, we highly encourage fellows to have their cameras on during all sessions. If you need special accommodations, and can not turn on your video, please let your coach know in advance.
Once accepted into the program, a login will be created for you, using the email address you used in your application.
The funds will be transmitted electronically through a PayPal account. Fellows who meet the requirements will be asked to create a free PayPal account or upload the email address associated with their PayPal account.
The Jewish Changemakers Fellowship offers opportunities for ongoing leadership development throughout the year. After Fellows complete the initial three-week summer intensive program, they become part of the Changemakers Alumni Network. Fellows will receive access to special content, professional development seminars, networking opportunities, and mentoring. The three week intensive is just the beginning of your leadership journey!
The design of the fellowship allows for one-time participation. The Changemaker’s team is exploring an array of alumni opportunities. Interested in more opportunities; complete our contact us form.