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. 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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The New York Hub’s Incubator supports projects by Jewish Leaders of Color in, or with a large audience in, New York City. Combining a cohort-model with individualized support, the Incubator helps leaders develop and scale their JoC-centered projects to the next level. In collaboration with UpStart, 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. 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
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
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. Currently, LUNAR has a Community Organizer on the ground in Manhattan.
Project leader: Maryam Chishti
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