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Session #1 June 7-24, 2021
Session #2 July 12-29, 2021

If you’d like to learn more or have additional questions, please email: [email protected]



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 (approximately 12 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.

Session 1: June 7-24, 2021
Session 2: July 12-29, 2021

Applications Open: Wednesday , April 21, 2021 at 12 PM EST
Applications Close: Wednesday, May 19 at 11:59 PM PT
Candidates Notified: On or before Friday, May 21, 2021

Late applications will not be accepted. Candidates available flexibly for both the June & July sessions should indicate that in the application when asked. s each session has its own selection process. Fellows may attend only one three-week session during the summer.

Current and aspiring Jewish leaders, 20-24 years old. Those who are turning 20 by August 31, 2021 will also be considered.

We are looking for people with leadership experience (secular and/or Jewish) as well as those who have interest in leadership or see themselves as Jewish leaders in the future.

If you are an individual who has a vision for the future - a strong motivation to make the world a better place - someone who cares about issues, values and what the future looks like - then Changemakers is for you! Through Changemakers, you will gain the tools and confidence to use your voice to make a difference around the issues you truly care about.

If you are still unsure whether Changemakers is right for you, please reach out to [email protected] to discuss with one of our team members.

Absolutely! Changemakers is committed to making the program accessible to all. You have the opportunity to share your accommodation needs in the application and you can also email [email protected].

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!

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.

Changemakers requires approximately 12 hours/per week for each of the three weeks, June 7-24 (Session #1) or July 12-29 (Session #2). Activities and sessions are generally scheduled asynchronously and flexibly online, other than the Daily Core Session (M-Th) and the Small Group Cohort Meet-Ups:

In Real Time (Synchronous):
- Daily core session: 75 minutes at 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT, Monday - Thursday
- Small Group Cohort Meet-Ups: Twice a week for 45-60 minutes each, scheduled when convenient for cohort members.

In Real Time OR Flexibly on you own time (Asynchronous):
- 2-3 Elective Sessions (45-60 minutes) will be offered daily, Monday - Thursday, at 2:30pm ET/11:30am PT. Fellows may attend the Electives in real time or on their own time by watching the recording posted to the Changemakers website.

On Your Own:
- Daily Podcast - a few minutes of inspiration to frame each day
- Fellows will need to attend most - but not all - Daily Core Sessions, Electives, & Small Group Cohort Meet-Ups during the three-week summer intensive (roughly 12 hours/week) in order to successfully complete the program requirements and earn the $350 stipend.

Each week fellows will be required to complete the following sessions in order to be eligible for the stipend:
- 3 out of 4 Core Sessions
- 4 out of 8 Elective Sessions
- 2 out of 4 Podcasts
- 2 Cohort Meetings

Optional Experiences are not required, but strongly encouraged to help build community and inspire Fellows to create the change they wish to see in the world.

SESSION 1 (Optional Experiences):

- Changemakers Kick-off!
Monday, June 7, 11:00am – 11:45am ET/8:00am-8:45pm PT
- Virtual Volunteer Opportunity with Repair the World
Friday, June 11 - 11:30am-1:00pm ET/8:30am-10:00am PT
- Shabbat Experience
Friday, June 18 at 11:30am – 12:15pm ET/8:30am-9:15am PT
- Changemakers Graduation
Friday, June 25, 11:30am – 12:15pm ET/8:30am-9:15am PT

SESSION 2 (Optional Experiences):

- Changemakers Kick-off!
Monday, July 12 - 11:00am – 11:45am ET/8:00am-8:45pm PT
- Virtual Volunteer Opportunity with Repair the World
Friday, July 16 - 11:30am-1:00pm ET/8:30am-10:00am PT
- Shabbat Experience
Friday, July 23- 11:30am – 12:15pm ET/8:30am-9:15am PT
- Changemakers Graduation
Friday, July 30 - 11:30am – 12:15pm ET/8:30am-9:15am PT

Applications for Changemakers will be available at www.jewishchangemakers.org, beginning at noon eastern time on Wednesday, April 21. The online application takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

No! In fact, Changemakers awards a stipend of $350 to all participants who complete the program requirements.

The funds will be transmitted electronically using Paypal, through the email address provided by the participant when they applied for the Fellowship online.

Changemakers will receive their USD $350 stipends within approximately 30 days of successfully completing the program, provided that their Paypal information is submitted timely and accurately. Changemakers from outside North America should email [email protected] in advance to confirm that they’re able to receive the stipend via Paypal. Any potential tax implications are the personal responsibility of each participant.

Yes! Changemakers requires access to a computer (or smartphone) 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.

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 cohort (approximately 10-15 participants) provides each Changemaker a ‘home base’ to connect, reflect and share throughout the Fellowship.

Most cohorts are organized by location or affiliation - we’ll match you with a cohort of peers in your local community or with others from an organization you care about (for example, Hillel, BBYO or Masa). For our July session, we’re setting up three cohorts by career interest: Business, Healthcare, and Jewish Education & Engagement. You’ll find more information in the application.

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. Coaches are relatable – 5-10 years ahead of the Fellows – and serve as role models, facilitators, and experiential educators.

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 outlined above to be sure that you’re able to attend the required sessions. Please note that all sessions are facilitated in English.

Those who have earned the stipend but choose not to accept it may relinquish the funds. Participation ‘credits’ earned by Changemakers during any 3-week session are not transferable to future Fellowship dates.

The Jewish Federations of North America, www.jfna.org, is coordinating Changemakers in partnership with more than 30 leading organizations serving Jewish communities around the world. JFNA builds flourishing Jewish communities by protecting and enhancing the wellbeing of Jews worldwide.