New York Hub

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.

 

The JoCI New York Hub features two premier programs: a Leadership Fellowship for young adults, and an cohort-based Incubator that provides tailored support to each grantee. We are currently accepting applications for both our Fellowship and Incubator programs! LEARN MORE!

 

The New York Hub is made possible by UJA-Federation, New York.

Leadership Fellowship

Our New York Hub’s Leadership Fellowship is designed for young adult Jews of Color to gain first-hand experience working in the Jewish nonprofit sector.

We are currently accepting applications for cohort 2 of the Leadership Fellowship! Apply by August 15, 2022 for priority consideration! Final deadline to apply is August 29, 2022, at 6pm ET. bit.ly/JoCIFellowship2

The Leadership Fellowship offers a cohort experience, paired placement at a Jewish nonprofit in New York City, mentorship, networking, and professional development, establishing a pipeline for Jews of Color to grow professionally in the Jewish institutional ecosystem.

Maryam Chishti

Maryam is a proud "Mus Jew," passionate about interfaith dialogue, community building, and using the arts as a vehicle for social change...
Maryam is a proud "Mus Jew," passionate about interfaith dialogue, community building, and using the arts as a vehicle for social change. Outside of the Fellowship, Maryam works for LUNAR: The Jewish Asian Film Project and runs a Moishe House in Lower Manhattan...

Maryam (she/her) is a proud “Mus Jew,” passionate about interfaith dialogue, community building, and using the arts as a vehicle for social change. Outside of the Fellowship, Maryam works for LUNAR: The Jewish Asian Film Project and runs a Moishe House in Lower Manhattan. Past work experiences include the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Office of Senator Schumer and Secretary Hillary Clinton, the Anti-Defamation League, and numerous political campaigns.

Maryam received her B.A. in Theater for Social Change and American Studies from Brandeis University.

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Jules Duze

Jules was an active member of United Synagogue Youth on a local and regional level as a teen, holding various positions on their chapter board...
Jules was an active member of United Synagogue Youth on a local and regional level as a teen, holding various positions on their chapter board. During their undergraduate pursuit for a Bachelor’s in Women and Gender Studies, with a Minor in Africana Studies through the Macaulay Honors College Program...

Jules (they/them) was an active member of United Synagogue Youth on a local and regional level as a teen, holding various positions on their chapter board. During their undergraduate pursuit for a Bachelor’s in Women and Gender Studies, with a Minor in Africana Studies through the Macaulay Honors College Program, they were a full-time wage employee at various food establishments. They also participated in Just Food (food justice internship), CitiHarvest, and Peer Health Exchange (teaching progressive health curriculum to under-served high schools).

With their lens of a transnationally adopted, queer, non-binary, Chinese person, they have spent the last year engaged in community organizing, mutual aid, and various collaborations with the goal of collective liberation for all oppressed people.

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Haftam Heathwood

Haftam was born to a Jewish family in Ethiopia in 1987 during a time of civil war and famine. At the age of three, she and her family were evacuated to Israel where she grew up in the town of Beit She'an.
Haftam was born to a Jewish family in Ethiopia in 1987 during a time of civil war and famine. At the age of three, she and her family were evacuated to Israel where she grew up in the town of Beit She'an. After graduating high school, she joined the Israeli Defense Forces and served in the medical laboratory unit for two years.

Haftam (she/her) was born to a Jewish family in Ethiopia in 1987 during a time of civil war and famine. At the age of three, she and her family were evacuated to Israel where she grew up in the town of Beit She’an. After graduating high school, she joined the Israeli Defense Forces and served in the medical laboratory unit for two years.

While in high school, Haftam was part of a cultural exchange program in the US.  When she finished her military service, she came to the US. as an au pair, the only way she knew how. After a long journey, she has finally become a US citizen and is studying childhood education. She is inspired to work in nonprofits to help others so that their journeys will not be as difficult. Haftam has worked at the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors and is co-chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Justice Committee. She has also been involved with JCC Manhattan and Be’chol Lashon.

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Tova Harris

Tova has a background in Clinical Psychology, Research, and Special Education. They will be attending a Master's in social work program in Fall 2022...
Tova has a background in Clinical Psychology, Research, and Special Education. They will be attending a Master's in social work program in Fall 2022 where they will gain skills in community engagement and empowerment. Tova is an advocate for addressing injustice and discrimination on Long Island...

Tova (they/them) has a background in Clinical Psychology, Research, and Special Education. They will be attending a Master’s in social work program in Fall 2022 where they will gain skills in community engagement and empowerment. Tova is an advocate for addressing injustice and discrimination on Long Island through an intersectional lens, and works with various nonprofits, Jewish and otherwise, to attain those goals. Tova is also an electric violinist in a Reggae Band.

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Kavi Subramanian

Kavi has a strong interest in healthcare equity/accessibility, including mental health and the many external factors by which it is influenced. They are also passionate about restorative justice...
Kavi has a strong interest in healthcare equity/accessibility, including mental health and the many external factors by which it is influenced. They are also passionate about restorative justice and finding the best ways to address trauma and conflict. Prior to this fellowship, Kavi was an educator serving youth in foster care...

Kavi (he/they) has a strong interest in healthcare equity/accessibility, including mental health and the many external factors by which it is influenced. They are also passionate about restorative justice and finding the best ways to address trauma and conflict. Prior to this fellowship, Kavi was an educator serving youth in foster care. Before that, they worked offering formal mediation, conflict resolution, and community facilitation. They also spent time working at Exalt Youth, a non-profit aiming to help court-involved youth avoid future contact with the justice system.

They graduated from Reed College in 2020 with B.A. in Comparative Literature, concentrated in Media Studies.

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Incubator

The New York Hub’s Incubator supports projects by Jewish Leaders of Color in, or with a large audience in, New York City.

We are currently accepting applications for cohort 2 of our Incubator! Apply by August 12 for priority consideration! Final deadline to apply is August 19, 2022 at 6pm ET. bit.ly/NewYorkIncubator2

Combining a cohort-model with individualized support, the Incubator helps leaders develop and scale their JoC-centered projects to the next level. The Incubator includes a series of learning sessions to support project advancement as the cohort co-creates a brave and cross-pollinated community of JoC colleagues.

Black Mussar Va'ad

Black Jewish Liberation Collective is a 5-6 year-old volunteer-based organization working to sustainably build and grow.
Black Jewish Liberation Collective is a 5-6 year-old volunteer-based organization working to sustainably build and grow. The Black Mussar Va’ad Project is a program of the larger BJLC project and...

Black Jewish Liberation Collective is a 5-6 year-old volunteer-based organization working to sustainably build and grow. The Black Mussar Va’ad Project is a program of the larger BJLC project and is specifically focused on offering leadership with Mussar practice, collective study, and reflection.

Project leaders: Yehudah Webster; Jessica Valoris

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Kamochah

Kamochah supports Black Orthodox Jews and engages with the broader Orthodox community, including through their New York chapter...
Kamochah supports Black Orthodox Jews and engages with the broader Orthodox community, including through their New York chapter. They aim to normalize the presence and experiences of Black Orthodox Jews...

Kamochah supports Black Orthodox Jews and engages with the broader Orthodox community, including through their New York chapter. They aim to normalize the presence and experiences of Black Orthodox Jews in all sectors of Jewish communal life, including, camps, schools, and shuls. Additionally, Kamochah hopes to serve as an accessible entry point into Orthodox Jewish life for Black Jews across denominations.

Project leaders: Maayan Zik; Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein

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LUNAR: The Jewish-Asian Film Project

LUNAR: The Jewish-Asian Film Project creates media content about the experiences of Asian Jews and holds community events in three strategic regions and virtually...
LUNAR: The Jewish-Asian Film Project creates media content about the experiences of Asian Jews and holds community events in three strategic regions and virtually...

LUNAR: The Jewish-Asian Film Project creates media content about the experiences of Asian Jews and holds community events in three strategic regions and virtually. Currently, LUNAR has a Community Organizer on the ground in Manhattan.

Project leader: Maryam Chishti

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The Workshop

The Workshop was created as a premier Jewish and Arts fellowship to ensure the best experience possible for JoC participants, collaborating with four Jewish institutions...
The Workshop was created as a premier Jewish and Arts fellowship to ensure the best experience possible for JoC participants, collaborating with four Jewish institutions and creating infrastructure for JoC artists...

The Workshop was created as a premier Jewish and Arts fellowship to ensure the best experience possible for JoC participants, collaborating with four Jewish institutions and creating infrastructure for JoC artists. Through the Incubator, The Workshop will focus on JOCISM Artists’ Residency which is a professional arts fellowship centering the work of JOCISM artists & culture-makers.

Project leader: Kendell Pinkney

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