The Jews of Color Initiative’s New York Hub is a pilot initiative to meet the needs of the vibrant Jews of Color community of the New York City area. With one of the largest JoC populations in the country, the innovative ideas and emerging communities generated in New York deserve additional institutional support. We are excited to announce the Jews of Color Initiative Leadership Fellowship as a cornerstone program of the New York Hub. Read the Frequently Asked Questions below to find all the information you need to know about the JoCI Leadership Fellowship.

Applications are due September 17, 2021 by 12pm ET.

Priority will be given to applications received by September 10, 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is this Fellowship?

The Jews of Color Initiative Leadership Fellowship is a full-time work opportunity in New York City for young adult Jews of Color to explore the Jewish communal field.

What are the dates of the program? 

The JoCI Leadership Fellowship starts on Monday, October 11, 2021 and concludes on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. 

Who should apply?

Young adult Jews of Color who are in the beginning stages of their career or pre-career, such as those finished with their schooling and exploring job opportunities. 

This program is for emerging young adults who identify as or are exploring what it means to be Jews of Color and what leadership in the Jewish communal field has to offer. Given the program’s focus, ideal candidates are interested in exploring their respective identities and the interaction between them, have skills to offer the Jewish non-profit field that they haven’t fully explored, and are ready to contribute to a community of peers and mentors.

Who is a Jew of Color? 

We think of “Jew of Color” as Jewish people who are members of non-white racialized groups in the United States. This includes but is not limited to: Asian or Asian American,  Black or African American, non-white Hispanic or Latina/o/x, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern or North African, and Native American, First Nation, or Indigenous American. We understand that meaning assigned to racial presentation and identity evolves and changes. Identifying as a “Jew of Color” or “Jewish Person of Color” is entirely up to you.

I’m concerned I’m not “enough” – Jewish enough, POC enough, experienced enough. Should I still apply?

Yes! We are looking for seekers and learners. No matter what your current connection looks like to any of your identities, your former or current level of involvement in the Jewish community, or your previous formal work or leadership experience, this program is open to those who want to grow and explore new possibilities.

What do you mean by the “Jewish communal field”?

When we say the Jewish communal field, or sometimes the Jewish ecosystem or landscape, we are referring to Jewish nonprofits, institutions, congregations, synagogues, and communities that actively contribute to providing services, resources, or programs to the Jewish community. Oftentimes, these programs are intended to build Jewish community by facilitating connections and community relationships among Jews.  

Do I need to have work experience? 

Nope! This fellowship is designed as an entry-level experience that will introduce Fellows to a wide variety of organizations and experiences in the Jewish communal ecosystem. 

Is this a paid fellowship? 

Yes! Fellows will receive $45,000 compensation paid throughout the duration of the 10-month program.

How many hours a week is this Fellowship?

Fellows will work 20-22 hours Monday through Thursday working at a placement organization during typical business hours (between 9am-6pm ET), and 4-6 hours on Friday for professional development with the whole cohort. Year round, all JoCI offices close at 3pm in their respective time zones to allow staff time to welcome Shabbat. There will be occasional weeks with evening events and extra hours.

We expect this Fellowship to be your primary work responsibility as the compensation is comparable to other full-time entry-level positions in the Jewish nonprofit sector.

What is the application process? 

Here is the application link. This written application is designed to be a light lift and does not require more than 2 hours of dedication. If you have any questions or want assistance with the application process, please do not hesitate to reach out to Riki, the Program Director of New York, at Riki@JewsofColorInitiative.org. 

We are holding time the week of August 30th to September 3rd for prospective applicants to talk to us via zoom and ask questions. At the JoCI, we believe in asking for help and supporting one another and therefore reaching out will not be viewed negatively on your application. Applications will close on Friday, September 17th, with priority given to those who apply by September 10th. If you have an extenuating circumstance that prevents you from submitting an application by September 17th please contact us.

The next round of the process is a 45-minute Zoom interview on September 13th, 14th, 15th or 20th. Once we review your application, we will notify you if you’ve moved forward to an interview. 

Do I have to live in New York City to participate in this program? 

We recommend living in New York City through the duration of the Fellowship. If you do not live in New York City, you should reside in a place where you can commute to New York City with relative ease. At this time, we expect Fellows to do a mix of virtual/remote and in-person work. Fellows will be placed with a partner organization with locations across New York City. The JoCI has office space in Midtown Manhattan near Penn Station.

How is COVID-19 affecting the Fellowship program?

The Jews of Color Initiative will continue to follow guidelines and protocols outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We will make adjustments to the Fellowship program as needed to ensure that all Fellows can be safe and healthy.

I’m looking for more information about the Incubator. Where can I find it? 

The Incubator is set to launch in late winter 2022. We will be releasing details about the Incubator later on.