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 receive a generous stipend and benefits package, including health insurance

Due to the challenges introduced by the COVID-19 crisis, the physically immersive elements of the program are subject to JDC guidance and approval. Part or all of the Fellowship year may be conducted virtually.

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 2021 RIG Fellowship begins in January 2021 with an orientation and 2-3 placements with JDC Departments. International placements will be contingent on JDC approval based on global health conditions. The Fellowship will conclude in December 2021.

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 Georgia, Ethiopia, India, Israel, Hungary, Nepal and Ukraine. Typically, RIG Fellows will serve in two or three different country assignments during the fellowship year.

Due to the challenges introduced by the COVID-19 crisis, the physically immersive elements of the program are subject to JDC guidance and approval. Part or all of the Fellowship year may be conducted virtually.

WHO ARE PAST RIG FELLOWS?

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

Jessica Katz, 2019 RIG Fellow, spent her RIG Fellowship year engaging with Jewish communities in countries such as Ukraine, India and Dubai and used her background in Human Resources to conduct research for JDC on leadership programs across Europe.  Read her article, featured in the Detroit Jewish News, to learn more about Jess’s Fellowship Year.  

Josh Yudkin took on the challenge of helping JDC regions, including GRID and the Myers JDC Brookdale Institute, adapt to the global pandemic in 2020. Read about his experience on JDC Voices. Hear about his experience on Entwine Exclusive:

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.

RECENT RIG FELLOWS

Jessica Katz

2019 Fellow

Joshua Yudkin

2020 Fellow