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JewV'Nation Fellowship
A Leadership Fellowship / A Project Incubator


What is the JewV’Nation Fellowship?

JewV’Nation Fellowship is a leadership development program for visionary Jewish leaders across North America. The 2019-2020 JewV’Nation Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Leadership Cohort is a nine-month fellowship that will support 10-12 Jewish leaders ages 18 to 118 through professional/leadership development, networking opportunities, and intensive DEI training aimed at expanding the field of Jewish leaders in the Reform Movement and beyond. Please visit our FAQ page for more information about what DEI is and why it’s so important. Jews of Color, LGBTQIA+ Jews, Jews with disabilities, and Jews from other marginalized backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Our Jewish communities are not whole until Jews from all backgrounds see their identities reflected within them. This unique cohort will help congregations address issues related to racism, homophobia, ableism, and other forms of oppression that prevent our communities from engaging with others and fostering a kehillah k’dosha (holy community). Fellows will develop on-the-ground skills and the ability to help congregational partners create inclusive, diverse communities grounded in justice and equity.

Think of JewV'Nation as your leadership launch pad. Whether you're looking to advance your career as an educator or lay leader, considering rabbinical or cantorial school, are interested in exploring opportunities for local or North American leadership, or are simply looking to hone your vision and more effectively get your message out, JewV'Nation is an incredible opportunity for you!

-April Baskin,  Immediate Past Vice President of Audacious Hospitality

To that end, the Fellowship will empower fellows to seek out and thrive as leaders in their local communities and campuses. The fellowship structure is as follows:       

  • November 2019 - February 2020: Twice-monthly live online leadership seminars
  • November 22 - 24, 2019: An intensive in-person retreat
  • March - July 2020: Once-monthly live online leadership seminars, plus regularly scheduled meetings with staff and partner congregations (URJ congregations that are ready and committed to begin [or further] their DEI work; see our FAQ page for more information.)

Meetings/retreat will focus on:

  • Intensive DEI training
  • Cutting-edge professional/leadership development and skill building
  • Cohort relationship building
  • Access to exclusive networking opportunities
  • Opportunities to strengthen the fellow’s public profile
  • Support from the Audacious Hospitality Team in managing congregational partnerships

The JewV’Nation Fellowship has been proudly funded and sustained by grants from the Leichtag Foundation, the Genesis Philanthropy Group, a generous URJ donor in collaboration with the Jewish Funders Network, the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative, and anonymous donors. This specific cohort is made possible by a generous grant by an anonymous donor.

Who should apply for the 2019-2020 Cohort?

The 2019-2020 JewV’Nation Fellowship DEI Leadership Cohort will include 10-12 North American Reform Jewish leaders ages 18 to 118 who are passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Jews of Color, LGBTQIA+ Jews, Jews with disabilities, and Jews from other marginalized identities are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be passionate about building an inclusive Jewish community through working with congregations to create spaces rooted in audacious hospitality. The 2019-2020 fellows will be ambitious, reflective leaders committed to personal and professional growth. 

Why this fellowship?

We know that Jewish communities are enriched when all people are equipped not only to participate, but to lead. Fellows in the 2019-2020 JewV’Nation Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Leadership Cohort will lead in co-creating vibrant, exciting, and innovative Jewish initiatives that enriches our communities for years to come. Our brightest possible Jewish future requires that individual Jews and their loved ones are included, not despite their diversity and interests, but because of them.