The program is modeled on the experiences of family members who were inspired and invigorated by interactions with Israelis when visiting Israel in their late teens and twenties. Once they had a basic familiarity with Israeli life and culture, they found that subsequent visits could be more direct, revealing, and rewarding.
The centerpiece of the one-year fellowship is a 10-day trip to Israel. Fellows meet with national leaders and Israeli peers, professionals, and experts in their chosen careers. Upon return to New York, fellows take part in exclusive programs and workshops, and attend high-profile lectures over the balance of the fellowship year (May - June).
The fellowship experience will evolve as each group of fellows helps shape the program for future classes. In time, former participants will become important resources for new fellows. The goal of this program is to deepen the fellows' connections to Israel by providing meaningful links to Israelis in their chosen fields. Relationships between the fellows and their American and Israeli peers and mentors should provide an ongoing source of support for positive social, political, and career development and enhance the participants' commitment to the Jewish community.
Learn more about the fellowship in our frequently asked questions.