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Tzedek: The Progressive Leaders' Fellowship

NIF is proud to invite Bay Area young adults to apply for the Tzedek Fellowship!

Come dive deep into Israel and activism, Judaism and conversation, human rights and social justice, and lead the change!

Do you care about the Occupation, religious freedom and women’s and minority rights?

Do you want to better Israel and the Jewish community through social justice activism?

Do you want to become a leader in your community and turn conversation into action?

Do you want to learn more about what it means to have a Jewish and democratic state?

Do you want to cultivate your leadership and personal skills?


In a project of the New Israel Fund to promote community leaders who are interested in pursuing progressive and Jewish values to help Israel live up to its founders' vision of a state that ensures equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants.

The Tzedek Fellowship provides an opportunity to learn, talk, and think about social justice issues in Israel, as well as acquire a skill set that will help you translate your commitment and knowledge into action. We are seeking to create a community where we can speak, listen, learn, and act together. We are looking for the next leaders of the progressive Jewish community.

The program will offer leadership development, trainings in public speaking, storytelling, facilitation, fundraising, in addition to extensive learning about Israel and social justice issues. The cohort will have networking opportunities and will receive guidance from both progressive Jewish leaders in the Bay Area and Israeli NGOs in the NIF family.

Applications are due on Friday, June 26 and applicants will be notified of results no later than July 8th. Please send all questions and inquiries to .

What Will You Get?

Walk the Walk! Are you a dreamer? Come and continue your journey with us!

  • A year of extensive building. Learning sessions about the history and current state of Israel, with a strong focusing on social justice, civil and human rights. We will learn and think about issues such as Israel as a Jewish and democratic state and the history of the Israeli‐Arab conflict.
  • Hone those skills for change! Come learn from the best and develop your leadership skill set.
  • Networking and connecting with social justice leaders in Israel, as well as meetings with progressive leaders in the Bay Area’s Jewish community.
  • The chance to translate your commitment and interest into action! Each fellow will receive a small stipend, guidance, and support for creating a “call for action” – utilize the skill set, new connections, and your very own specific interest from the pool of NIF initiatives, grantees and values to create a program or campaign.
  • The opportunity to lead your community through conversation and action, and to become a resource for social change both at home and in Israel.

What is Asked of You?

First of all – a spark in your eyes!

Fellows will be required to commit a significant amount of time and thought to the process between June 2015 and June 2016 and attend all trainings and meetings (detailed below) including a weekend workshop. All events and meetings will be held either in San Francisco or in the East Bay, near public transportation.

You will also collaborate closely with the New Generations Director in crafting your own campaign in the winter of 2015. Some examples of the final project are:

  • An Op‐Ed series about Social Justice in Israel in Jewish media (the Forward, Tablet, the J and others).
  • A Digital and/or Fundraising campaign.
  • Organizing a partnership US‐Israel campaign with an NIF grantee.
  • Organizing a large scale event talking about the relationship of the young adult community with Israel.

Who Should Apply?

Fellows should have the desire and disposition to take their values and hopes to the next level, and to help the Bay Area Jewish community in cultivating safe spaces, meaningful encounters, and inclusive public conversation on Israel. We are looking for engaged and committed leaders, who want to strengthen their ability and acquire new tools to make an impact in the Jewish community.

Wondering whether this is a good fit for you or someone you know? If so, consider the following questions:

  1. Are you deeply passionate about Israel and desperate to make a real difference while living in the Bay Area?
  2. Do you gravitate toward opportunities to be inspired and to inspire others?
  3. Do you love to learn as well as lead others to think and learn more?

If you answered yes to all the questions above, then you will love this fellowship!

What is the Cost?

$0. Participation in the program is free of charge thanks to the generous support of our funders. Moreover, a small budget will be available to use in crafting your own project. NIF is committed to transforming the Bay Area into a region where all young Jews can speak openly about Israel regardless of their views, backgrounds, or previous levels of knowledge and expertise. Although space is limited and selection will be competitive, we do not want financial need to come in the way of that mission.

Tentative Schedule

Generally, we’ll have an amazing weekend retreat and otherwise meet once a month + a ticket in to great special events!

Wednesday July 22 @ San Francisco
Welcome dinner with Daniel Sokatch

Monday July 27 @ NIF Office, Downtown SF
Tell me something I don’t know! #1 The history of the Israeli Palestinian conflict

Friday August 7-9 @ TBD
Cohort loving and Facilitation weekend Retreat with Dr. Eyal Rabinovitch

Tuesday, September 8 @ NIF Office, Downtown SF
Leadership skills and training session with the magnificent Lauren Rauch

Wednesday, October 14 @ TBD
Leadership skills and training session Inspirational lunch!

Wednesday, November 10 @ NIF Office, Downtown SF
Tell me something I don’t know! #2 what is the Jewish and Democratic state? With Prof. Eran Kaplan

Tuesday, December 15 @ TBD
What’s your story? With the inspiring Aaron Davidman

Wednesday, January 13 @ NIF Office, Downtown SF
Tell me something I don’t know! #3 The history of Israel and the Zionist movement. With Prof. Eran Kaplan

Friday, February 12 @ TBD
A Cohort Shabbat Dinner!

Tuesday, March 8 @ TBD
I Have a Dream! Planning our future projects #1

Tuesday, April 12 @ NIF Office, Downtown SF
Strategy and fundraising skills with the Amazing Steve Rothman

Tuesday, May 10 @ San Francisco, TBD
How to be Jewish and change the world? With the Stimulating Rabbi Noa Kushner

Tuesday, June 14 @ TBD
Op-ed Workshop

Tuesday, July 12 @ San Francisco, TBD
Planning our projects #2

July, TBD
Final meeting celebration!

How to Apply?

Send your resume/CV (as a PDF) to with the subject line "[Your Name]'s Resume - Tzedek Fellowship" or "[Your Name]'s CV - Tzedek Fellowship"

Please submit contact information for two professional references who can attest to your capacity and desire to lead the community towards progressive values connected to NIF. (This is requested on the online application.)

Please email any questions and inquiries you may have to May Pundak: .

Applications are due by Friday, June 26, 2015 and applicants will be notified of results no later than July 8th.

To read about a previous Fellow’s experience, click here.





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