The Ralph I. Goldman Fellowship in International Jewish Service

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“There is a single Jewish world: intertwined, interconnected”

—JDC honorary executive vice president Ralph I. Goldman

Are you the one?

The Ralph I. Goldman Fellowship is JDC’s premiere leadership opportunity, awarded to one person annually, for young Jewish thinkers and doers -- writers, artists, policy shapers, business innovators, and community builders.

The fellowship is a paid, professional opportunity to live and work in several overseas locations where JDC is active, providing an inside look at JDC’s global operations though individualized assignments.

Each fellow works with JDC staff to identify and design their unique overseas placements, shaped by their skills, interests, and critical needs of communities overseas. 

Qualifications include:

  • Professional achievement in the candidate's chosen career
  • 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.

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Email for our online application and additional information. Please also include you current country of residence. Including your current resume/updated CV is optional at this stage.

Applications will be due by May 30, 2014.

Read dispatches from RIG Fellow Adam Steinberg in the Philippines here

Sara Reef

Sara was the Director of Cross Cultural Initiatives for Intersections International, where for over five years she has led international projects to promote global intercultural dialogue with a specific focus on youth. In recognition of her work, she has been invited to present at global conferences along with the United Nations in New York. For the past year, Sara has also served as Acting Director to the Intercultural Forum, a global organization dedicated to promoting youth intercultural dialogue through innovative workshops in private, public, and faith based high schools. Sara earned an M.A. degree from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, focusing on International Studies, and received her B.A. degrees in International Studies and History from American University. Sara was awarded the Anna Sobel Levy Fellowship to be a visiting graduate student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is an active member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, New York and the Jewish Diplomatic Corps.

Sara is developing essential employment training models for unemployed Arab-Israeli and Ultra-Orthodox populations in Israel and is headed to Addis Ababa for her next placement developing evaluations for JDC’s work in Africa alongside senior JDC staff.

Adam Steinberg

Adam is a junior doctor based in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. After attending Mount Scopus Memorial College, he spent the year with his youth movement in Israel on a leadership abroad program. Upon his return, Adam was heavily involved in the running of the youth movement, mentoring hundreds of young adults as they developed their Jewish identity. Today, Adam is a doctor of internal medicine, with an interest in Indigenous health and community development. At the same time, he is pursuing his Master's in Public Health, with a focus on health economics. Most recently Adam has been involved as a volunteer in the education team at Jewish Aid Australia, a member of staff on March of the Living and as a programme coordinator for Tzedek, the UK Jewish community's international development organization where he was based in Tamale, northern Ghana for nearly four months. Adam is known for his strong work ethic, good sense of humor, and ability to maximize the potential of everyone around him. Adam came to apply for the Fellowship after participating in an Entwine trip to Ethiopia, where he was so moved by JDC's work that he was determined to become more involved.

Adam served as part of JDC’s initial crisis evaluation team in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan in November. Since then, Adam has been integral in establishing partnerships for sustainable development in Manilla and beyond, working in some of the most devastated parts of the region.

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