What is Bonim Kehilah? What does Bonim Kehilah mean?
Bonim Kehilah is a
10-month leadership training fellowship for young adults in their 20s and 30s
who want to further explore and take action in the Jewish community. Bonim Kehilah means "builders of
community" in Hebrew; Bonim Kehilah fellows
will be individuals who want to help build meaningful Jewish community
experiences for themselves and their peers.
What's included in
The 10-month fellowship consists of monthly evening or
full-day leadership training sessions and regular meetings with clergy mentors and
congregational communities. Fellows can apply for mini-grants of $1,000-$3,000
to support ongoing young adult engagement opportunities in their communities.
Is there a fee to
No, there is no fee to participate in Bonim Kehilah.
How often will we
There is one gathering per month, either as a full Bonim Kehilah cohort or in smaller
mentoring groups, with the occasional exception. We have two day-long intensive
sessions (held on a weekend), one in the fall and one in the spring. The
general time commitment for fellows is 2-4 hours per month. Fellows have
subsidized (optional) opportunities to attend Jewish young adult events around
New York City.
When are the
Applications must be submitted online by September 29, 2014.
Where will sessions
Sessions will be hosted by participating synagogues or in
alternate locations within Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. All sessions will be
Is there an age
Applicants must be between the ages of 24 and 35.
Can I choose my mentor
Absolutely! Please let us know your preference on the
application. We will do our best to accommodate all requests.
Do I need references?
Yes! We ask that you provide contact information for two
individuals: one who knows you on a personal level and one you've worked with
in a professional or academic setting. Please do not use family members as
Who will be leading
Training will be led by experts in their fields, speakers,
clergy mentors and the fellows themselves, creating a true culture of learning
Is there a stipend?
No, there is no stipend. However, fellows will be able to
apply for micro-grant funding for future projects and will have subsidized
opportunities to attend Jewish young adult events around New York City.
Who are the fellows?
Fellows are young adults from across the New York area with a variety of
personal and professional backgrounds.
Who are the mentors?
Our hand-picked mentors are dedicated clergy working with young
adult communities in their synagogues. They are:
Rabbi Marc Katz (Congregation Beth Elohim, Brooklyn/Brooklyn
Rabbi Jim Stoloff (Temple Israel, Manhattan/NYConnect)
Rabbi Michael White (Temple Sinai, Roslyn/Sinai in the City)
Rabbi Elizabeth Wood (Reform Temple of Forest Hills, Queens)
Rabbi Ben Zeidman (Temple Emanu-El, Manhattan/Saviv)
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