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

Please note that while many countries have relaxed COVID-related entry requirements, international placements are subject to JDC guidance and approval.

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 2023 RIG Fellowship begins in January 2023 with an orientation and 2-3 placements with JDC Departments and short-term travel opportunities or conferences. International placements will be contingent on JDC approval based on entry requirements. The Fellowship will conclude in December 2023.

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.

Please note that while many countries have relaxed COVID-related entry requirements, international placements are subject to JDC guidance and approval.

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.

APPLICATION & SELECTION TIMELINE:

  • June 29 – Application Opens
  • August 7 – Application Closes
  • August 16 – Notification of Application Status
  • August 18-24 – Virtual Interviews
  • Mid-September – Semi-Finalist Interviews (TBD in person or virtual)

MEET RECENT RIG FELLOWS

Current RIG Fellow

Doron

Shapir

I’m looking forward to exploring trends which impact contemporary Jewish life all over the world. I’m also excited to travel to new destinations overseas!

About Doron

Doron is a passionate and experienced professional focused on public service and diplomacy. Born and raised in Israel, he incorporates his love for his homeland into his work and scholarship in the international arena. Doron served as the Director of Strategic and Economic Cooperation at the Embassy of Israel to the United States. He graduated from Brandeis University as a Malkin Scholar with a master’s in International Economics and a bachelor’s in Global Studies. Doron has guided Birthright Israel trips and completed internships in Israel, the United States, and China.

2021 RIG Fellow

Sarah

Tagger

The experience was incredible from the things I learned, to the people I met, the places I got to see, and the work I was able to partake in. The fluidity, flexibility, and diversity of opportunities was both unique and incredible.

About Sarah

Sarah is a dedicated community builder, enthusiastic global traveler, and passionate storyteller. She received her B.A. Honors in Cultural Anthropology and Global Studies from UC Santa Barbara and her MS in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Sarah is committed to empowering the Jewish future and enhancing Jewish education. She is an avid explorer and enthusiastic foodie, and in her free time is known to eat and photograph her way around the world.

2020 RIG Fellow

Joshua

Yudkin

I appreciated the Fellowship’s flexibility of allowing me to articulate and grow in ways that I found meaningful.

About Joshua

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 has a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Texas. He conducted field and clinical research in rural communities and with hospital systems. Josh has worked in the private, public and nonprofit sectors and been both a professional and lay Jewish leader. He loves waterskiing, hiking, and learning new languages.

2019 RIG Fellow

Jessica

Katz

It was a truly excellent year. I learned and grew a ton and felt like I had so many independently incredible experiences.

About Jessica

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 has worked on engaging young adults and served on the boards of Kadima, The Well (founding board member), and Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit. An adventurer at heart, Jessica climbed mountains, backpacked Europe, and yoga retreated.