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General Questions

The Jewish Changemakers Fellowship offers a leadership development experience for current and aspiring Jewish leaders, between the ages of 20-25. Those who complete the requirements earn a $350 stipend. Changemakers accepts candidates from the United States and Canadaand values Jewish diversity in the selection process.

Following the fellowship, 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.

February 6 - April 3, 2023

Current and aspiring Jewish leaders, 20-25 years old.

Application Questions

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.

Apply now! Application acceptance is on a rolling basis.

Program Questions

Changemakers covers three key themes:

1. Professional Development – What do I need to know about myself to succeed professionally? What’s my personal story and mission?

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?

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.

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, JFNA builds flourishing Jewish communities by protecting and enhancing the wellbeing of Jews worldwide.

Technical Questions

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.

Complete the contact us form and we will get back to you. Or you can reach out directly to [email protected]

Alumni Questions

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; connect with us at [email protected].