The New Generations Facilitation Fellowship

A Project of the New Israel Fund to promote community conversations on Israel and social justice in the Bay Area

The New Israel Fund is proud to invite Bay Area Jews in their 20s and 30s to apply for the second year of its Facilitation Fellowship. The Fellowship will train a cohort of 8-10 leaders to foster meaningful, direct conversations on Israel and social justice for the Bay Area’s Jewish community. Israel remains one of the most polarizing issues in the American Jewish community, and NIF’s New Generations aims to address the need for meaningful dialogue and deliberation by cultivating safe spaces throughout the Bay Area’s young Jewish community where honest and inclusive public conversation on Israel is not only welcome, but celebrated.

In its first year, the Facilitation Fellowship:

  • Trained a diverse cohort of young Bay Area Jews in the art of facilitating conversations across a broad spectrum of topics and opinions.
  • Facilitated Love, Hate, and the Jewish State 2.0, which brought together over a hundred local Jews in their 20s and 30s to talk, listen, and discuss important issues related to Israel.
  • Crafted 11 innovative gatherings, each ranging in size from a few people to several dozen, for collective exploration of participants’ personal experiences and issues of greatest curiosity and concern on Israel.

NIF’s 2014 Facilitation Fellowship will expand on this pioneering work, retooling and expanding the innovative facilitation techniques developed by the 2013 cohort and crafting new models for effective engagement and communication across divides with communal partners across the Bay Area. The New Israel Fund is honored to work alongside key community efforts in the region, like the Year of Civil Discourse, that have contributed deeply to this work. NIF believes that creating more conversation spaces like these for a new generation of US Jewry will not only sustain and strengthen our Jewish community at home— but could help support a vision of democracy and equality in Israel.

While the New Israel Fund has a number of longstanding leadership opportunities/training in Israel, the Bay Area Facilitation Fellowship is our only fellowship cohort in the US. We are thrilled to build on this successful program, and look forward to hearing from you.


Applications are due on January 26 by 5pm. Please send applications, along with any questions and all inquiries to: .

Get more information on the 2014 Fellowship program and application here. (PDF)

To read about a previous Fellow’s experience, click here.