Atlanta Kesher Songleading Fellowship

Learn, Grow, and Songlead for the Atlanta Jewish Community

Open to Jewish 9th– 12th grade teens from Atlanta, this prestigious application-only, Fellowship includes:
  • Explore how to teach new and familiar songs
  • Partner with congregational professionals
  • Grow through coaching and mentorship with professional songleaders
  • Learn leadership skills and build your resume
  • Earn a stipend at the end of the program
  • Offered in partnership with URJ Teen Songleading Fellowship

Applications open: Early Fall or Winter 

Applications due: TBD 

 Kickoff Workshop: TBD 

Monthly Workshops: TBD 

Stipend Amount: $200 


Program Details

  • Open to Jewish teens currently in 9th-12th grade 

  • Fellows receive support and coaching throughout the process from experienced songleading professionals. 

  •  Training Workshop will include, orientation, and introduction to community songleading professionals/mentors 

  • Three video meetings with master song leaders to learn new skills and music as part of the URJ Teen Songleading Fellowship 

  • Three to five monthly check-ins with the Atlanta Kesher songleading mentors to work on subject area skills like worship, youth group, and religious school music 

  • Fellows will complete monthly “action assignments” such as teaching or leading music in your community 

  • Future opportunities to song lead at URJ national events, camps, and youth programs 

  • Upon successful completion of all components of the fellowship, fellows will receive a stipend of $200. 


Who should apply to this Fellowship?

The ideal candidate is an engaging 9-12th grader who is excited and passionate about songleading or learning how to become a songleader. They have songlead or are interested in songleading for the Atlanta Jewish community. They enjoy learning new songs and music trends. They want to develop their skills on songleading and how to engage an audience in a variety of settings. You do not have to play guitar to be in the Fellowship, though it is desirable.


How much time will it take to be in this Fellowship?

The fellowship will run for several months. Participants should plan on spending approximately 3-5 hours a month on this Fellowship including: 

  • One hour with the full URJ cohort on a video call a few times a year 

  • One hour per month with the Atlanta cohort 

  • One to two hours preparing and completing the action assignment 

  • Occasional one on one check-ins with your mentor and/or congregational staff person (if you’re songleading in a congregation) 


I’m ready to apply! What’s next?

  1. Read the program details and FAQ above 

  1. Fill out the online application-Opens Early Fall or Winter 

  1. Email: jschwartzman@urj.org if you are interested in the fellowship or would like to be notified when the application opens 

  2. Applicants will be notified with their acceptance status by email 


Our Partnership

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) strengthens communities that transform the way people connect to Jewish life, building a more whole, just, and compassionate world. URJ Youth flagship programs in Atlanta include NFTY-SAR (Southern Area Region) and URJ Camp Coleman.

JumpSpark connects Atlanta's Jewish teens and those who impact them through collaboration with community partners and creation of original, top-quality programming. The ATL Kesher Fellowship is funded in part by JumpSpark.

Interested in engaging other teens? Learn about the Atlanta Kesher Engagement Fellowship