Elissa Froman Social Change Fellowship Application


The 2023-24 fellowship application is now open! If you will be based in LA this coming academic year, click here to begin your application.

The deadline has been extended to Tuesday, August 22nd, 2024 at 11:59PM.



The Elissa Froman Social Change Fellowship was created to honor the memory of Elissa Froman, z”l, a remarkable young woman whose life was rooted in the Jewish community and who held an abiding commitment to progressive causes at home and in Israel.

Created by the Eugene and Janet Lerner Family Foundation with Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), the seminary of the Reform Movement, and the New Israel Fund (NIF), the leading supporter of progressive causes in Israel, the fellowship is a unique opportunity for future rabbis and cantors to engage in deep learning about social issues in Israel – the kind of learning Elissa would have relished.

Froman Fellows become familiar with NIF’s work in the US and Israel/Palestine and with the Israeli civil society sector more broadly so that they can become fluent and effective ambassadors for progressive change in Israel/Palestine as they enter the rabbinate.