The Machar Fellowship is a two-year leadership development program for recent college graduates who are interested in exploring the world of Jewish professional careers.

With a generous grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation, this fellowship 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.

Machar means tomorrow, and we are committed to training and inspiring today’s promising emerging professionals in order to develop a next generation of Jewish professional leaders.

With leadership from Gann Academy, this fellowship represents a collaboration between these three schools:

New York, NY

Boston, MA

Los Angeles, CA

Fellowship Details

These three schools represent the leading edge of Jewish secondary education and share a commitment to pluralism and training the next generation of educational leadership.

The program is made up of three parts:

  • 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 in the form of mentorship, reflective practice, training in management and education theory, and retreat intensives
  • An intimate cohort experience. Fellows will 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

What will fellows gain?

The real question is “what will fellows give?”

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.

Fellows will be paid competitive full-time salaries for the two years.

Who should apply?

Current college seniors and recent college graduates who are motivated, energetic and interested in doing meaningful work and people who have demonstrated leadership ability and have strong Jewish identities


Are interested in exploring career opportunities in Jewish education.

How do I apply?

The second cohort will start in 2019 and end in 2021. Applications will be available in the fall of 2018.

In order to complete the application, you will need the following items:
  • A current head shot
  • An up-to-date college transcript (unofficial okay)
  • Two letters of recommendation

The application contains 3 personal statements: a six-word memoir, a 250-word essay, and a 350-word essay.
Contact Aki Yonekawa at

The Machar Fellowship is funded by a grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation.

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