Jewish Communual Fellowship

Yachad/NJCD Jewish Communal Leaders Fellowship (YJCLF)

Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities (NJCD) is seeking 2 outstanding post-college graduates who want to learn, grow and contribute to an innovative, thriving, and dynamic human rights organization that has been on the cutting edge of disability inclusion for the last 30 years.  Candidates must be thoughtful and concerned about the broader Jewish community.  Applicants must be able to think flexibly and creatively and also be interested in ‘doing.’

This year-long Fellowship, in the intersection of the Jewish community and the disability inclusion movement, will support the Fellows’ development in working as part of a dynamic multidisciplinary team aimed to meet the social and inclusion needs of Jewish individuals with diverse disabilities. This includes, but is not limited to, Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental challenges, deaf and hard of hearing, physical disabilities, and medical health and mental health needs.

Yachad/NJCD’s Jewish Communal Leaders Fellowship (YJCLF) aims to shape emerging leaders who plan to go into careers in social work, psychology, medicine, education, not-for-profit management, development, public relations, policy planning or organizational leadership; or those who hope to serve the broad Jewish community in a lay leadership capacity.

1.      Fellowship Dates: August 2014 – August 2015 (Starting and End Date Flexible)

2.      Salary/stipend: $25,000 plus benefits

3.      Application Criteria:

  •      Post College
  •     Strong GPA (minimum: 3.2; must provide transcript or notarized letter from university confirming GPA)
  •     Personal statement (maximum 700 words or one page typed)
  •     2 letters of recommendation
  •    Resume
  •     Photo
  •     Additional relevant information
  •    Personal interview (by invitation)

You can also submit supplemental application materials by mail to Yachad, 11 Broadway, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10004.  Attn.: Jewish Communal Fellowship


Fellows will function as a full member of Yachad’s staff, working out of our National Headquarters in lower Manhattan. Fellows will be assigned a primary mentor—a staff member under whose tutelage and guidance they will directly carry out their diverse range of duties within the agency. Additional mentors will provide integrated training and experiential opportunities in other areas as needed. Together, the mentoring team will offer opportunities for the Fellow to acquire proficiency in disability culture and Jewish organizational leadership.  In addition, each Fellow will have a monthly meeting with Yachad’s International Director, and additional staff forums.

Additional Project:

Each Fellow,with supervisor(s) support will be responsible to begin or continue a special project, or to research a topic of their choice.


The ideal applicant should have an interest in working in/making a difference to social services, not-for-profit and disability advocacy. Other applicants may choose to spend a “gap year” before continuing on in a career in medicine, law, business, social or another field. Candidates must be concerned about and dedicated to the global Jewish community.

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You can also submit supplemental application materials by mail to Yachad, 11 Broadway, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10004.  Attn.: Jewish Communal Fellowship

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