The Ralph I. Goldman Fellowship

 

WHAT IS THE RALPH I. GOLDMAN FELLOWSHIP?

The Ralph I. Goldman Fellowship in Global Jewish Leadership (RIG) is JDC’s premier leadership opportunity, awarded to one person annually, for rising Jewish communal or lay leaders, young thinkers and doers from all fields — policy makers, writers, business innovators, artists, and community builders.

The Fellowship enriches a rising leader through direct exposure to local communities around the world and key challenges confronting the Jewish people. Fellows plan their year alongside senior JDC staff, identifying and designing 2-3 unique overseas placements shaped by their skills, interests and the critical needs of communities abroad.

This is a paid, professional opportunity for an exceptional young leader who is committed to impacting the global Jewish world. RIG Fellows receive a stipend and generous benefits.

who was ralph i. goldman?

Ralph I. Goldman (1914-2014) was JDC’s beloved Honorary Executive-Vice President, a builder of the State of Israel, and a global Jewish leader whose historic investments in Jewish life worldwide have ensured a strong, vibrant Jewish future for generations to come.

There is a single Jewish world: intertwined, interconnected

JDC HONORARY EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
– RALPH I. GOLDMAN

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

We seek passionate and rising young leaders in the Jewish community, who have experience as Jewish communal professionals or lay leaders, and who care deeply about the global Jewish world and are committed to making it a better place.

WHERE DO RIG FELLOWS SERVE?

JDC works in over 70 countries around the world. RIG placements are based on an individual fellow’s strengths, background and preferences. Previously, RIG Fellows have served in locations including Belarus, China, Georgia, Ethiopia, India, Israel, Hungary, the Philippines, and Ukraine. Typically, RIG Fellows will serve in two or three different country assignments during the fellowship year.

WHO ARE PAST RIG FELLOWS?

Each of our past fellows had a uniquely impactful year. Learn more about each of them below.

Eliran Douenias took on the tough task of encapsulating his experience as the 2015 RIG Fellow in just four minutes. Follow Eliran through Germany, Nepal, the FSU and beyond in this compelling video:

Qualifications:

  • Professional achievement in the candidate’s chosen career.
  • Rising Jewish leader, either as a Jewish communal professional or lay leader.
  • Demonstrated exceptional leadership and communication skills.
  • Strong interest in international Jewish affairs and public service.
  • Knowledge of foreign language(s) is a plus but not a requirement.
  • Formal and/or informal Jewish education is a plus but not a requirement.
  • Bachelor’s degree and proven academic excellence. Master’s degree a plus but not a requirement.

 

Applications for the 2020 RIG Fellowship will open in Summer 2019. Fill out the form below to receive a notification when the application opens.

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RIG Fellows

Adam Steinberg

2014 Fellow

Alejandro Okret

2010-2011 Fellow

Andrea Siegel

2008-2009 Fellow

Aviad Tamir

2011-2012 Fellow

Eliran Douenias

2015 Fellow

Jessica Katz

Current Fellow (2019)

Joy Sisisky

2007-2008 Fellow

Noa Tal

2016 Fellow

Ruben Uzan

2017 Fellow

Sarah Reef

2014 Fellow

Shaun Goldstone

2012-2013 Fellow

Violetta Shmulenzon

2009-2010 Fellow

Zev Nagel

2010-2011 Fellow