The Leibel Fein and Nomi Fein, Rabbi Richard J. Israel, and Jay E. Orlin Social Justice Fellowships
An extraordinary fellowship experience:
The NIF/Shatil Social Justice Fellowship is a one-of-a kind 10 month experience where fellows spend 4 days a week on the front lines of social change in Israel at a premiere Israeli non-governmental (NGO) social change organizations.
In addition to working on cutting-edge social justice issues with veteran activists, through monthly enrichment programs fellows will also have the added benefit of close contact with experts from Shatil, NIF’s capacity building center and action arm. The program also includes periodic site visits designed to further develop the fellows’ understanding of Israel, Israeli activism, and the their own role as activists both in Israel and at home.
Upon acceptance to the program, fellows will identify the NIF core issue area on which they would like to work. The program coordinator will work with each one to find the right placement. NIF core issues are:
- Safeguarding Human Rights and Democratic Institutions
- Shared Society and Combating Racism
- Palestinian Society
- Social and Economic Justice
- Religious Freedom
Living expenses are covered by a modest stipend.
The 2019-2020 Fellowship year runs from September 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.
NIF will contact applicants in early March 2019 to let them know if they are being invited for interviews. NIF will notify applicants of final decisions regarding the fellowships in the middle of April 2019.
NIF strongly encourages applications from people of color and women.
Application Requirements for the 2019 – 2020 Fellowship
Completed application must include:
- Application Form
- Transcript (Unofficial) – there is an opportunity to upload this while completing the online application
- Resume – there is an opportunity to upload this while completing the online application
- Essays – to be completed as part of the online application
- References – to be provided and submitted (uploaded) in the online application
COMPLETED applications, including transcripts and references, MUST be received by
Friday, February 1, 2019 (UPDATE — THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019.) Applications and letters of recommendation will be accepted online or by email only (to [email protected]).
If you have any questions, please contact at [email protected].
**References: Two written references are required. Preferably, these should be submitted in the online application. If you are submitting via email, please use the following PDF form and submit them to [email protected]. Please submit the name and contact details of the referees who will be sending these references with your application package. Further, please provide the name and contact details of one additional reference that we may contact.
PLEASE NOTE: Following the submission of your complete application, you will be contacted for a Hebrew screening that will take place over the phone or by Skype.
Because the internships require that Fellows are fully integrated in Israeli NGOs, successful applicants must have either excellent Hebrew language skills or good Hebrew with excellent Arabic skills. If you are unsure if your Hebrew skills are adequate, please contact [email protected] to set up a Hebrew screening before applying for the fellowship.
Applicants should be college graduates by the start of the Fellowship year. Only U.S. residents are eligible for the SJF.
About the establishment of the Social Justice Fellowships
The Social Justice Fellowships were founded by Leibel Fein, considered by many (including NIF’s CEO Daniel Sokatch in his moving tribute upon Leibel’s passing) “father of the Jewish social justice movement.” Leibel was truly an inspiration to many and a one-man incubator of many ideas that have now become commonplace in the progressive Jewish world. Yet the initial impetus for the founding of the fellowships was a personal tragedy: the sudden death of his daughter Nomi Fein at the age of 30. It is characteristic of Leibel that he reacted to his daughter’s passing with the impulse to launch the fellowship and inspire others to social justice.
Additional Social Justice Fellowships were created to honor the life and memory of Rabbi Richard J. Israel and Jay E. Orlin. NIF-Canada has also sponsored fellows although there will not be a Canadian fellow in 2019-2020.
About the New Israel Fund and Shatil
The New Israel Fund (NIF) was established in 1979 to strengthen democracy and promote social justice in Israel, and is today Israel’s foremost social-change institution. Specifically, it works to advance the following objectives: Fighting for civil and human rights; Promoting religious tolerance and pluralism; Closing the social and economic gaps in Israeli society; and Protecting Israel’s environment.
Since its founding, NIF has granted more than $300 million to more than 900 Israeli non-profit organizations. But NIF is far more than a grant maker; NIF is a unique working and philanthropic partnership of North Americans, Israelis, and Europeans, providing more than 1,300 Israeli non-profit organizations with financial and technical support each year. Read more about NIF »
In 1982, NIF established Shatil, the New Israel Fund’s Empowerment and Training Center for Social Change Organizations in Israel. Shatil builds organizational capacity of NIF grantees and similar organizations by providing training, consultation, coalition-building assistance, and other services. Read more about Shatil »