Jewish Organizing Fellowship Application and Empower Fellowship Supplement

Fellowship Candidates

Our year-long paid community organizing fellowship in Boston is a year of field experience and professional development for Jewish young adults (21-30) looking for the opportunity to turn good intention and raw talent into concrete skills and action. We are also excited to announce the Empower Fellowship, a new program within the 2019-2020 Jewish Organizing Fellowship.

The Jewish Organizing Fellowship is competitive. This year’s class of Fellows was selected from around 70 applicants. What we’re looking for in Fellowship candidates:

  • A track record of leadership experience (paid and/or volunteer) addressing social problems.
  • The ability to connect with people and build strong relationships.
  • Strong communication skills, both in person and through email and other methods.
  • A sense of outrage in response to injustice and a deep hope for the future.
  • Self-knowledge about why making the world a better place matters to you.
  • Someone who self-identifies as Jewish and has an interest in exploring the connections between Judaism and social justice work.

There are two paths into the Fellowship program:

  • People who are looking to find an organizing job can apply to the Fellowship and go through our matching process to find a Placement. (Note: Acceptance into the Fellowship does not guarantee a placement; however, it ensures the support of JOIN in your job search).
  • People who are looking to find training, coaching, and support in their existing organizing jobs can have their organizations apply to be a Placement.

For people on both paths, it is necessary to go through both the initial application phase and the group interview. Candidates who are already in jobs, however, will not need to attend the Matching Event. Read about the entire interview process.

Application Instructions

Please be in touch with Jihelah Greenwald at with any questions about next year’s Fellowship. We want to hear from you!

  • The Empower Fellowship track of the Jewish Organizing Fellowship is still accepting applications until Thursday March 7, 2019 at 11:59 pm!
  • The application period for the 2019-2020 Jewish Organizing Fellowship is now closed

For details on the other phases of the application process, click here.

The application consists of an online form, a one-page resume, a personal statement (see below for prompt) and two references (see below to download the recommendation form). Only one reference is required for an application to be considered officially complete, but a second reference is encouraged.

To submit your application, complete the following steps:

  1. Fill out this form to provide us with basic contact and demographic information.
  2. Send an email to  with your personal statement (see below for prompt) and the one-page resume. Please send your resume as an attachment (Word document preferred, but other formats also accepted) via email, using the file name format Firstname_Lastname_Resume. For submission instructions for the personal statement, please see below.
  3. If you want to apply for the Empower Fellowship: Include answers to the additional questions below (at the bottom of this page) in your personal statement or as a separate document or audio or video file. The application deadlines for the Empower Fellowship are the same as for the Jewish Organizing Fellowship as a whole. You can learn more about this new opportunity here.
  4. Have your two references send the Jewish Organizing Fellowship Reference Form to
    1. If sending by email (preferred), please instruct your references to send the email to and use the following format for the file: Applicantfirstname_Applicantlastname_Recommendation.doc .
    2. If sending by mail, please provide the following address: JOIN for Justice, 359 Boylston Street, Fourth Floor, Boston, MA 02116.
  5. Save the dates for the following in-person interview events in Boston:
    1. Interview Day: Sunday, April 7, 2019
    2. Match Day: Monday, May 13, 2019

If you need accommodations to complete any part of the application process, please contact Jihelah Greenwald at or 617-350-9994 x208.

Personal Statement

As part of your application, please submit a personal statement with your response to the questions below. We accept personal statements in multiple formats. All of these formats will be considered on an equal basis; we want to receive the information in whatever way is best for you to share it. (Please do not submit a statement in multiple formats.)

Instructions for written personal statements:

  • Your statement should be about two pages double spaced.
  • Please send it as an attachment via email. We prefer Word documents, but other formats are also accepted.

Instructions for video and audio personal statements:

  • Your statement should be about 2-5 minutes long.
  • Please only include yourself talking, using a communication device, or signing.
  • Do not include:
    • Other people’s comments
    • Footage of you organizing or doing other activities
    • Other supplemental elements.
    • We are not concerned about your video/audio production or editing abilities, just the content.
    • You can send us your file through Google Drive, YouTube, Vimeo, or another online file sharing service. If you need instructions for uploading and sharing a video or audio file, please let us know and we can help you make sure we receive your submission.

Other formats: If you would prefer a different format from the above options to present yourself in the best way possible, please contact Jihelah Greenwald at or 617-350-9994 ex 208.

Here is one definition of community organizing: Community organizing means developing leaders and bringing people together to form powerful organizations that allow people to act on their own behalf to make systemic changes in their lives. Community organizers are people who want to stir things up and motivate people to act for change, who embrace challenge, and who think strategically about power.


The personal statement should address the following questions:

  • Why do you want to learn or deepen your skills in community organizing as a method for social change?
  • Why do you want to learn about community organizing in a specifically Jewish context?

We strongly encourage you to include stories that demonstrate why you are drawn to community organizing as you compose your personal statement.

Supplemental questions for Empower Fellowship applicants:

If you are applying for the Empower Fellowship, please complete all parts of the Jewish Organizing Fellowship application and also answer the following questions. You can answer these questions in your personal statement or in a separate typed, audio, or video file. Your personal statement can be longer (up to 3 pages typed or 7 minutes audio/video) if you include these answers there.

  • Why do you want to want to be part of the Empower Fellowship?
  • How would this training and experience support your development as a disabled Jewish organizer/Jewish organizer with a disability/differently-abled Jewish organizer?

For questions about the Fellowship or the application process, including reasonable accommodations, please contact Jihelah Greenwald at or 617-350-9994 ex 208.

Empower Fellowship supported by: