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Posted on February 15th, 2017

The Machar Fellowship – Inspiring Tomorrow’s Jewish Leaders

The Machar Fellowship for recent college graduates interested in exploring the world of Jewish professional careers is now accepting applications. APPLY HERE (open until February 28, 2017)

A two-year leadership development program, Machar will provide six talented emerging Jewish leaders with a strong foundation in the early years of their careers in Jewish education that will propel them into the future of Jewish organizational leadership.  Fellows will be paid competitive full-time salaries for the two years.

The program is comprised if three components:

  • A full-time position in experiential education at one of our participating Jewish community high schools: Gann Academy in Boston, Abraham Joshua Heschel High School in Manhattan, and deToledo High School in Los Angeles;
  • Ongoing professional development, including mentorship, reflective practice, training in management and education theory, and retreat intensives; and
  • An intimate cohort experience so Fellows learn and grow in collaboration with a group of other talented fellows across the country through weekly video conferencing, in person retreats, and chavruta– paired learning.

Machar answers the urgent need to develop talented young leaders who possess skills and have support necessary to deliver excellent Jewish education in a variety of settings. Throughout the two years, Fellows will have an impact on the way that Jewish high school students experience and live Judaism in their schools. Through the development of and participation in Jewish life programming on campus, fellows will make an immediate contribution to the shaping of Jewish identities and community that takes place in this special Jewish environment.

In doing so, fellows will develop skills in project management and program development through working with faculty mentors and students to create and participate in Jewish life activities such as school-wide celebration of the Jewish calendar, immersive experiences such as trips and shabbatonim – overnight Shabbat programming. They will learn how to bring Jewish education to life and life to Jewish education. They will become tomorrow’s Jewish leaders.

Along with Abraham Joshua Heschel School, and de Toledo, we are here to prepare our students for today’s world and to ensure that we are building a solid foundation for the next generation.  Teaching the teachers is a critical component of that foundation.
- Rabbi Marc Baker, Head of Gann Academy


The Jim Joseph Foundation invests in promising Jewish education grant initiatives. We partner with effective organizations that seek to inspire young people to discover the joy of living vibrant Jewish lives.