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.
Check back in the spring for information on the 2021 RIG Fellowship!
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?
The 2020 RIG Fellowship begins in January 2020 with an orientation period at JDC’s headquarters in New York and continues with 2-3 overseas assignments, concluding in December 2020.
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:
- 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.
CURRENT RIG FELLOW
Jessica is an experienced network weaver, educator, community builder, and coach. She has a B.A. in Sociology from Michigan State University and an M.Ed in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. Jessica was the HR Training and Recruiting Manager at Moosejaw Mountaineering before making the move to engage and connect top talent and startups at re:purpose, a local startup. Currently, Jessica is the local coordinator and consultant for Reboot, an organization that affirms the value of Jewish traditions by creating programs for people to make them their own. She is also a coach for Prosper, “the interview coach in your pocket”, a startup that provides interview coaching. Jessica has worked engaging and coaching young adults in various roles as a professional and consultant within MSU Hillel, Birthright Israel, OneTable, and Amplifier. Jessica has served on multiple boards including Kadima, a mental health organization, The Well (founding board member), and through the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit. An adventurer at heart, Jessica has climbed mountains, backpacked Europe and yoga retreated. She loves the outdoors, reading, rock climbs on occasion, and has a moderately healthy obsession with ice cream.
Josh is active with both local and international organizations focused on education, community building, and health outcomes. Josh holds an MPH, MA and BA from Washington University in St. Louis, and is currently completing his PhD in epidemiology at the University of Texas. Josh’s current research portfolio looks at sociocultural factors for cardiometabolic diseases. He has conducted both field and clinical research in rural communities in places such as Tamil Nadu, India and Chihuahua, Mexico as well as clinical research with hospital systems in Texas and the National Institutes of Health. Previously, Josh has worked in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. From serving as Chief of Staff at Hillel International to serving on the international board of Hillel, the board of trustees for the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the American Jewish Committee’s ACCESS Board in Dallas, Josh has been both a professional and lay Jewish leader. A community developer at his core, Josh also has taught health literacy courses for immigrants, led Birthright trips, and served as president of the Student Association for his graduate program. He loves waterskiing, hiking, and learning new languages.