As someone who has not always been welcomed in the Jewish community because of my mixed parentage, I am passionate about changing that reality for others who want to connect to their heritage. My children have further shown me how powerful our heritage and history are, and I want other families to reap the benefits of this connection.
-Michael Douglas, 2015 Genesis Prize Laureate
What is the JewV’Nation Fellowship?
JewV’Nation is a year-long fellowship in New York City that supports emerging and accomplished leaders in developing and incubating innovative Jewish outreach initiatives. These initiatives should serve to connect or create community around interfaith and intersectional ("Jewish and…") identities within the Jewish community. Each Fellow receives up to a $3,000 micro-grant to support their project. The JewV’Nation Fellowship is proudly funded by a grant from the Genesis Philanthropy Group and a generous URJ donor in collaboration with the Jewish Funders Network.
Future Fellowship applicants may apply using either an existing project or an idea for a new project. The JewV’Nation Fellowship will incubate these innovative Jewish community-building projects, focusing on projects that meet the needs and spark the interest of often underrepresented or unaffiliated Jews and their partners and families, who may be Jewish or of different backgrounds. Fellows will also participate in cutting-edge professional development, gain access to exclusive networking opportunities, and have the opportunity to strengthen their public profile. Projects that demonstrate a strong potential for successful scalability will gain exposure that could allow for nationwide expansion.
Who are we looking for?
While the application is currently closed, JewV’Nation seeks emerging and accomplished leaders who are passionate about organically building an inclusive Jewish community through an innovative project. We believe that the most relevant programming tends to come from people who are personally connected to the interests and needs of Jews on the margins of Jewish life.
Why this fellowship?
JewV’Nation represents the belief that a whole, healthy Jewish people is possible only when individual Jews and their loved ones are included, not in spite of their diverse backgrounds and interests, but because of them. A stronger, sustainable Jewish community results when the many lifestyles, stories, and perspectives of Jewish individuals and families — particularly those whose stories are underrepresented, such as Jews in interfaith relationships, Jews by choice, Jews with disabilities, Jews of color, and LGBTQ Jews — are heard and incorporated into American Jewish institutional life.
Fellows will also participate in cutting-edge professional development, gain access to exclusive networking opportunities, and have the opportunity to strengthen their public profile. Projects that demonstrate a strong potential for successful scalability will gain exposure that could allow for nationwide expansion.
Are you a future JewV’Nation Fellow? Contact us now to learn more.