What areas of work in Israel interest you (ex, environment, women’s rights, etc)?
Please list any special skills and talents that you feel would be an asset to the Fellowship (ex, writing, art, organizational development, music, technical skills, etc.)
Do you have prior experience living in Israel or another foreign country for an extended period of time? Please describe how those experiences will enhance your participation in this fellowship.
How did you hear about the Social Justice Fellowship?
How do you imagine bringing the fellowship experience to bear on your future involvement in the Jewish world?
What are your plans if you are not accepted to the Fellowship next year?
Essay #1:In a 750-1000 word cohesive essay please tell us why you want this fellowship, what in your life story has led you to doing this kind of work and why you would be a good candidate to receive this fellowship. Please also address what you would like to gain from and contribute to this experience, and what is/are the main challenge/s facing Israeli society on which you hope to work. (Note: We do not expect you to answer each question in individual paragraphs but rather to tell us your story while touching on these issues)
Essay #2:Option 1: In 250-500 word essay please describe an instance in which you have taken initiative and overcome either personal or professional challenges that arose.-- OR -- Option 2: You are 80 years old and a family member is producing a documentary about your life. Please ‘stage’ 4 scenes including past, present, and future (250-500 words).
Please upload your resume with relevant education, employment history, volunteer work, community service and/or social activism.
The goals of the NIF/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowship are three fold: to provide much needed assistance to Israeli NGO’s; to provide a meaningful Fellowship experience for highly qualified Fellows; and to grow the NIF family in the US. NIF/SHATIL’s goal in placing fellows in Israeli NGO’s is to help strengthen social change organizations in Israel. As such, the organizations rely on Fellows for tasks that are important to the organizations involved. We expect that all Fellows treat their responsibilities with the utmost seriousness and fulfill their responsibilities in the time and manner agreed upon. Prior to departure to Israel, we ask Fellows to fundraise for NIF, setting their personal goal at a minimum of $1,000. We ask Fellows to fundraise because we believe that social change doesn’t happen without fundraising, and thus building one’s fundraising capacity–letting people know about your work and knowing how to get them excited about it–is invaluable for people who want to create change. Engaging in pre-trip fundraising also offers a chance to for you to raise awareness about NIF and our issues among friends and family. The money raised allows us to sustain this important fellowship. We did not intend for you to go this alone: NIF will provide training and support for each fellow in developing a fundraising page and reaching out to one’s network. During the fellowship year, Fellows are also expected to participate in Fellowship activities and remain in good standing for the full 10 months of the program. Additionally, when Fellows return from Israel, NIF will request that you make presentations on behalf of NIF and SHATIL in the US.Upon commencement of the fellowship year, Fellows will sign a 3-way memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Fellow, the Social Justice Fellowship coordinator in Israel, and the supervisor at each Fellow’s respective place of internship. The MOU will detail each party’s responsibilities and expectations.
Please type your name below to acknowledge that you have read the above, and agree to the provisions. If accepted to the SJF, you agree to carry out your responsibilities with the utmost seriousness.