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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 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.

Applications Now Open For:
Sping 2024 | March 4 - April 9
Summer 2024 | May 6 - June 11

Application Questions

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!

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!

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.
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.

Program Questions

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?

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

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.

Faculty 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 Faculty.

Technical Questions

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.

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.

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.

Email us at [email protected].

Alumni Questions

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!
The design of the fellowship allows for one-time participation. Upon completion of a Changemakers program, we are excited to welcome fellows into our Changemakers network where they receive access to exclusive programming, sessions with high-level speakers, in-person events and conferences, and much more! If you are a Changemakers Network Member, we invite you to join our LinkedIn group to connect with fellow alumni. Looking for more? Email [email protected] to learn more about Network Member involvement.