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 Canada and values Jewish diversity in the selection process.
Following the fellowship, Changemakers will join a network and have exclusive access to curated opportunities for ongoing Jewish engagement and leadership development.
I feel like I don’t have enough leadership experience; should I still apply?
We’re looking for people with an interest in developing their leadership skills, who are strongly motivated to make the world a better place – if that applies to you – please apply!
I’m not sure I’m “Jewish enough” to apply for the Changemakers program.
Changemakers is a warm, welcoming, open community, without any requirements or expectations of Jewish knowledge or observance. We’re simply looking for Jewish young adults who bring their curiosity, originality, ideas, and enterprising spirit to the Changemakers experience.
All that’s needed is a desire to learn and engage!
Is there a charge to participate?
No! In fact, Changemakers awards a stipend of $350 to all participants who complete the program requirements.
I have a disability and need special accommodations. Can I still apply?
Changemakers is committed to making the program accessible to all. You have the opportunity to share your accommodation needs in the application.
Who’s sponsoring Changemakers?
Changemakers is a program of The Jewish Federations of North America, www.jfna.org. Jewish Federations build flourishing Jewish communities by protecting and enhancing the wellbeing of Jews worldwide.
What does the curriculum cover?
Changemakers covers three key themes:
1. Professional Development: What do I need to know about myself to succeed?
2. Communal Leadership: What does it mean to be Jewish in our ever-changing and diverse landscape?
3. Taking Action - How can I contribute meaningfully and make change around the issues I care about most?
What is the structure of the program?
A large group session (Plenary) | 60 minutes, once a week
A small cohort session | 45 minutes, once a week
Asynchronous content through a virtual platform while connecting to other fellows | 60 minutes a week
How do the small group cohorts work?
Cohorts are a small guided group session (approximately 10-15 participants), one hour a week, to network, connect, and dive into the selected topic of the week and discover how it relates to you.
Cohorts will meet at some point throughout the week, separate from the main plenary session (cohort times will vary by program session). You’ll specify your time preference when you apply. The cohort provides each Changemaker a ‘home base’ to connect, reflect, and share throughout the Fellowship.
Who are the Changemakers Coaches (small group cohort leaders)?
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.
Does my camera need to be on during live sessions?
Yes! To build a community, we ask fellows to have their cameras on during all sessions. If you need special accommodations and cannot turn on your video, please let your group leader know in advance.
How do I receive my personal login?
Once accepted into the program, you will be registered into the system and be able to create an account to access the Jewish Changemakers Portal.
How will Changemakers who complete the Fellowship requirements receive the $350 stipend?
Upon successfully completing the program, Fellows will receive an email with the next steps for payment, including completing a final survey. Stipends will be distributed electronically through prepaid Mastercard using the email on the application and in the portal. Please allow for 2-3 weeks for delivery after completing the survey.
The Jewish Changemakers Fellowship offers opportunities for ongoing leadership development throughout the year. After fellows complete the initial program, they become part of the Changemakers Network. Fellows will receive access to special content, seminars, networking opportunities, and more. The Fellowship is just the beginning of your leadership journey!
I am a past Changemaker can I participate again?
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; email us at [email protected]..
Want to join the Faculty?
Are you an experienced experiential educator, coach, and or mentor and interested in becoming Faculty (formally "Coach")? Applications are open for our Spring 2023 Session.