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

Please send general questions to: [email protected]

Applications Open: Thursday, April 15, 2021 for both sessions
Applications Close: Sunday, May 9 at 11:59 PM PT.
Acceptances sent out: On or before Friday, May 21, 2021

The Jewish Changemakers Fellowship begins with a three-week summer intensive with opportunities for ongoing engagement and leadership development after completion. These opportunities are provided through Federation and broader Jewish community to young adults globally.

Changemakers focuses on career development, networking, and making a difference in the community.

Changemakers is created for current or aspiring Jewish leaders between 20 and 24 years old.

(Those who are turning 20 by August 31, 2021 will be considered and/or those who are entering their third or fourth year of college or university.)

We are looking for people with a wide range of leadership experience. If you are a person who has engaged in your community in some way, big or small, and you are looking to expand those leadership skills, then Changemakers is for you. We recognize that young leaders need to be given a seat at the table, and we want to provide you with the tools to use your voice to create change in your own community. 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].

Though our curriculum infuses Jewish values into the program, there is no minimum requirement of previous Jewish experience or knowledge to participate in Changemakers. The program is open to any young adult who identifies as Jewish and who is interested in creating positive change in the community.

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 that we understand our own individual story, our collective story, and what’s happening in the world today.

Changemakers requires approximately 15 hours/per week for each of the three weeks, June 7-24 (Session #1) or July 12th-29 (Session #2). Activities and sessions will be offered throughout the day.

In Real Time:
- Daily core session: 75 minutes at 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT, Monday - Thursday
- Small group cohort gatherings twice a week for 45-60 minutes each. These cohort meetings will be facilitated by a professional group leader (coach) and scheduled at times most convenient for the group members.

In real time with option for watching on your own time:
- Elective courses - every day you will have the opportunity to dive deeper into the topic of the day with 2-3 elective courses. These will be offered live every day at 2:30pm ET/11:30am PT. We highly encourage you to participate in these sessions in real time. However, you can receive the credit for participating by watching the recording on the Changemakers website.

On your own:
- Daily Podcast - a few minutes of inspiration to frame the day of learning

Additional Programming: These programs are not required, but are strongly encouraged. They help frame our work, build community, and inspire us to create the change we wish to see in the world.


- 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-10:00am PT

- Changemakers Graduation
Friday, June 25, 11:30am – 12:15pm ET/8:30am-10:00am PT


- 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-10:00am PT

- Changemakers Graduation
Friday, July 30 - 11:30am – 12:15pm ET/8:30am-10:00am PT

Applications for Changemakers will be available at The application takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. The summer intensive has a total capacity of 350 fellows per session, and the process is selective. Candidates not selected for Changemakers this summer are encouraged to apply for future sessions.

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

Changemakers will need to complete a certain number of required sessions and meetings with their cohort to receive the stipend. Some of these sessions will be in real time and others will be recorded for you to watch at your convenience.

Yes! Changemakers requires access to a computer (or smartphone) and reliable internet. It’s a mix of video, breakouts, podcasts, and daily challenges. All content is accessible through our password-protected website, which participants will gain access to once accepted to the Fellowship.

The Jewish Changemakers Fellowship is an ongoing leadership development initiative. After you complete the initial three-week summer intensive, you will be part of our large Changemakers Fellowship alumni network. Fellows will receive access to special content, professional development seminars, networking opportunities, and our exclusive job board. The three week intensive is just the beginning of your leadership journey, and our team will support you through the rest of your careers!

Cohorts (approximately 10-15 participants) provide each Changemaker a “home base” to connect, reflect, and share throughout the Fellowship.

Most cohorts are designed by location - we’ll match you with peers in your local community. For our July session, we are setting up three cohorts by career interest: Business, Healthcare, and Jewish Education & Engagement. You’ll find more about that in the application. Each cohort will be staffed by a coach (group leader) from the same community.

Coaches are seasoned Jewish community professionals or lay leaders who exemplify the Changemaker ethos and will 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. Coaches establish meaningful relationships with Fellows and guide them through the Changemaker journey.

All prospective Fellows who meet the age criteria and see themselves as changemaking Jewish leaders are eligible candidates, regardless of their citizenship. All participants will need to be available in real time for the small group meetings and daily 90-minute core Changemaker sessions. Candidates should consider time zones when deciding to apply, as Changemaker content will be posted throughout the day following an EDT schedule. Daily electives will be offered both in real time and recorded to watch at the convenience of each Fellow.

Not every Changemaker will have the time or flexibility to achieve the 15 hours/week to complete the Fellowship and earn the stipend. Those with less availability are welcome to participate so long as they intend to remain engaged for the full three weeks at a level of involvement that works for their schedule. All sessions will be open to these participants, and they will be assigned to a cohort. However, only Fellows who meet the program requirements will earn the stipend and certificate of completion. 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.