AJWS Global Justice Fellowship for Rabbis
AJWS Global Justice Fellowship for Rabbis
Join American Jewish World Service (AJWS) for an exclusive opportunity for rabbis to take their leadership skills to the next level and become advocates for global justice. We are seeking applicants for the AJWS Global Justice Fellowship, a selective, year-long program designed to inspire, educate and train key opinion leaders in the American Jewish community.
Together, we will travel to Kenya to learn from extraordinary local human rights activists who are using grassroots organizing tactics to fight discrimination and sexual and gender-based violence against women, girls and LGBTI people. Back in the U.S., fellows will engage in innovative trainings designed to develop skills in organizing and advocacy. The fellowship will build a strong core of leaders in the U.S. dedicated to advocating for human rights and ending poverty in the developing world.
- What: A fellowship designed to inspire and equip rabbis to become effective advocates for global justice. The fellowship includes a 10-day trip to Kenya and innovative trainings designed to develop skills in organizing and advocacy in the U.S.
- When: U.S. programming from Spring 2014 – Spring 2015; international travel from August 10-19, 2014
- Where: In addition to international travel to Kenya, meetings will take place in New York City, Washington D.C. and via a virtual seminar space.
- Who: Rabbis with 5 or more years of experience in the rabbinate
- Application Deadline: January 7, 2014
- Cost: $180 – $540 (sliding scale based on financial ability) plus cost of visas, vaccinations, medications and health/travel insurance
Preliminary Fellowship Schedule and Requirements
Click here for a preliminary list of events, workshops, dates and commitments required of all fellows.
- The AJWS Global Justice Fellowship is a selective, year-long program designed to inspire, educate and train key opinion leaders in the American Jewish community to become advocates in support of U.S. policies that will help improve the lives of people in the developing world.
- The fellowship includes an 8-10 day trip to a developing country, during which participants learn from grassroots activists working to overcome poverty and injustice. The trip will be preceded and followed by innovative trainings that will prepare participants to mobilize and organize their communities and networks in support of AJWS’s campaigns and other efforts to promote global justice. The fellowship will build a strong core of leaders in the U.S. dedicated to advocating for human rights and ending poverty in the developing world.
▼ Is there more than one group of fellows each year?
- AJWS will select 5-6 groups of fellows each year: a national group of rabbinical students and graduate students pursuing careers in religious and communal Jewish leadership, a national group of rabbis and Jewish communal professionals and several geographically-organized groups of established Jewish leaders in major U.S. cities.
▼ What is the structure of the fellowship program?
- The AJWS Global Justice Fellowship consists of three programmatic components that take place over the course of one year:
- Orientation programming: A series of educational opportunities—both virtual and in-person—to build community among fellows, provide context for the travel experience and introduce participants to AJWS’s campaign themes.
- Travel: An immersive, 8-10 day experience in a community where AJWS works in the developing world—emphasizing engagement with local experts, meeting local advocates funded by AJWS, training in activism and leadership skills and exploring the impact of U.S. policy on developing world communities.
- Post-trip engagement: A series of workshops on organizing and leadership combined with individual- and group-based mentorship, followed by opportunities to lobby, fundraise, mobilize others and engage in AJWS’s campaigns throughout the year.
- Post-fellowship engagement: After the fellowship year, fellows will continue to be part of AJWS’s activist network. With support from AJWS staff and ongoing activism and leadership in AJWS’s campaigns, fellows will help to strengthen and build our movement for global justice.
▼ Who is eligible for the rabbinic fellowship group?
- All applicants must be religious leaders with 5 or more years of experience in the rabbinate and be able to participate in all components of the fellowship, including: orientation programming, the entire 8-10 day experience in the developing world and all post-trip engagements.
- AJWS welcomes a diverse pool of applicants with regard to denominational affiliation, gender, race, ethnic origin, disability and sexual orientation.
- The ideal applicant:
- Is highly motivated to be part of a select delegation of rabbinic leaders dedicated to achieving global justice
- Believes in AJWS’s mission to promote human rights and end poverty and is committed to raising awareness of and building commitment to that mission within the greater Jewish community
- Has a strong desire to learn more about how U.S. citizens can improve the lives of people in the developing world through advocacy, mobilizing and organizing
- Demonstrates significant experience or potential as a community leader
- Understands that traveling as a U.S. citizen to the developing world requires respect for the local people and their communities
▼ What is the entire cost of the program?
- The AJWS Global Justice Fellowship is heavily subsidized by AJWS and a number of our generous donors, enabling us to offer this opportunity at a minimal cost.
- Fellows pay a one-time fellowship fee of $180 – $540 (on a sliding scale based on financial ability) and are additionally responsible for paying for visas, vaccinations, medications and health/travel insurance. All other fellowship expenses — including international and domestic travel and all supplies and programs — are covered as a benefit of the fellowship.
- The following list outlines the entire cost of the program:
- Expenses paid by AJWS and subsidized by our donors:
- International flight, accommodations, food and activities during international travel component in Kenya
- Domestic flights, accommodations, food and activities for U.S.-based engagement events/trainings
- Programmatic costs (e.g. AJWS curriculum, group medical supplies, trainings, etc.)
- Expenses paid by fellows:
- $180 – $540 (based on sliding scale)
- Visas for international travel
- Vaccinations or other medical expenses related to international travel
- Health insurance (all participants must have both regular U.S. insurance and international/travelers’ insurance)
▼ Is this program the same as AJWS’s Young Rabbi and Rabbinic Delegations?
- The AJWS Global Justice Fellowship is a new program, which has been modeled on AJWS’s highly successful Young Rabbi and Rabbinic Delegations (YRD/RD), which sent groups of young and experienced rabbis to developing countries to volunteer and develop a commitment to global justice.
- The new AJWS Global Justice Fellowship picks up where the YRD/RD left off. Now a year-long program, it is designed to inspire, educate, train and empower key opinion leaders in the American Jewish community to become activist leaders and mobilize their constituencies in support of global justice. The fellowship was, in many ways, created in response to requests by our YRD/RD alumni for more opportunities to develop concrete advocacy skills and take action upon returning home from their transformational international experience.
▼ How will the fellowship address prayer and Shabbat on the trip?
- Each morning, the group will participate in “sacred space”—an opportunity for fellows to share a spiritual intention for the day. The group will not formally engage in weekday prayer together. If desired by the fellows, time will be built into the schedule to allow for individual or communal prayer. Shabbat will be planned and led by the fellows and will likely include prayer, special meals, learning and other activities, at the discretion of the group.
▼ What is the food like? Can I keep kosher while traveling on the Global Justice Fellowship?
- Most meals will be eaten at restaurants and hotels where vegetarian options are available. Individuals with particular questions regarding kashrut should contact us.
▼ What safety & security measures does AJWS take during the international travel component of the Global Justice Fellowship?
- Please visit this page for a complete overview of all AJWS Safety & Security policies and procedures.
▼ How can I learn more?
- For more information about the application and program logistics, please click on the "Keep me updated" button below and fill out the form.
- If you have any questions about the AJWS Global Justice Fellowship, please contact us or call 212.792.2886.
The Global Justice Fellowship is made possible with the help of generous donations from: