Deadline: 20 January 2013
Open to: U.S./Canadian residents with a college degree and excellent Hebrew skills
Remuneration: modest living stipend
The New Israel Fund/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowship is an 10 month experience where fellows spend 32 hours per week interning in an approved, individually-selected Israeli non-governmental organization (NGO), active in one of the following areas:
- Safeguarding civil and human rights
- Pursuing environmental justice
- Promoting Jewish-Arab equality
- Advancing the status of women
- Fostering tolerance and religious pluralism
- Bridging social and economic gaps
Additionally, Fellows engage in monthly enrichment programs and periodic site visits to further develop their understanding of Israel, Israeli activism, and their role as activists both in Israel and at home. Fellows also receive training in leadership and community development.
The Fellowship year runs from September 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014, during which living expenses are covered by a modest stipend.
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.
During the summer prior to the fellowship year, Fellows are asked to fundraise for NIF, setting their personal goal at a minimum of $1,000. 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.
About the Social Justice Fellowships
In 1997, the Nomi Fein Social Justice Fellowship was established by Nomi’s family after her sudden death at the age of 30. Four years later, a second Social Justice Fellowship was created to honor the life and memory of Rabbi Richard J. Israel. Click here to read more about the legacies of Nomi Fein and Rabbi Richard J. Israel. In 2008, the NIF/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowship was again expanded. In 2010 they added a U.K. fellow and this year were delighted to add their sixth U.S Fellow, and first Canadian Fellow, bringing the total to 8 Fellows.
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 $200 million to more than 800 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.
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.
Because Fellows intern full time in an Israeli NGO, successful applicants must have either excellent Hebrew language skills, or good Hebrew with excellent Arabic skills.
Applicants should be college graduates by the start of the Fellowship year. Only U.S. and Canadian residents are eligible for the SJF; Israeli permanent residents are not eligible to receive an NIF/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowship.
Please contact Sarah Lawson for any questions at [email protected]
See the original call for applications HERE for more information.