Weitzman-JDC Fellowship

Generously supported by Jane and Stuart Weitzman

The Weitzman-JDC Fellowship in Global Jewish Leadership at HUC-JIR is a first of its kind initiative in the Jewish world.

The Weitzman-JDC Fellowship for Global Jewish Leaders at HUC-JIR is a one-of-a-kind, innovative, multi-year Fellowship which aims to strengthen the value of global Jewish responsibility and sense of Jewish peoplehood among students training to serve as leaders in their Jewish communities. Joining this program will take you from the Former Soviet Union to Central Europe and beyond (you’ll get to choose).

Throughout the program, Fellows learn about JDC’s rich history and key global Jewish issues by traveling and volunteering in locations all over the world. Fellows enhance their program skills through learning about Design Thinking, developing innovative content for communities to learn about global Jewish issues and joining an elite cadre of other HUC-JIR students who have participated in this unique opportunity. For more program details, please see below.

Who is an ideal candidate for the Weitzman-JDC Fellowship?

Fellows are emerging and rising young leaders who are students at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. They are curious about global Jewish causes and eager to learn about and visit Jewish communities around the world. Successful candidates are independent, mature, and flexible. They have a sense of adventure, balance humility with curiosity and exhibit strong interpersonal skills.

What does the Weitzman-JDC Fellowship include?

  • Connect with and learn from leaders in the Jewish world
  • Build your skills in global Jewish responsibility
  • Receive stipend and scholarships
  • Travel and volunteer opportunities local and aboard
  • Learn about JDC’s work, past and present
  • Collaborate on programs for the HUC student body

Where do Weitzman-JDC Fellows travel?

JDC works in over 70 countries around the world. In recent years, Fellows have traveled to locations like Romania, Belarus, Ukraine, India, Argentina, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and the United Arab Emirates.


The Weitzman-JDC Fellowship selection process is designed to identify the top candidates. Applicants respond to multiple essay questions and record a short video.

Applications for the 2023 Weitzman-JDC Fellowship are NOW OPEN until February 26.

If you have any questions about the Fellowship, please reach out to Rabbi Joshua Mikutis, JDC Entwine’s Director of Design and Jewish Learning and an alumnus of HUC-JIR’s rabbinic program and the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management.

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Essay Questions

Please create a short video (90 seconds or less) telling us about an initiative/project you advanced and why you were passionate about it.

This is not a video contest. The video should be a simple 90-second (or less) statement from you.

Please note that there is no expectation of a professionally produced video. We want to see your creativity and thoughtfulness. 

Please note that there is no expectation of a professionally produced video. We want to see your creativity and thoughtfulness. Feel free to record yourself via your mobile device or laptop (should have a minimum resolution of 480p). We recommend using YouTube.

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About the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC): JDC works in over 70 countries to rescue Jews in danger, provide relief to those in distress, revitalize overseas Jewish communities, and help Israel overcome the social challenges of its most vulnerable citizens. JDC also provides non-sectarian emergency relief and long-term development assistance worldwide.

About JDC Entwine: Entwine is a one-of-a-kind movement for young Jewish leaders, influencers, and advocates who seek to make a meaningful impact on global Jewish needs and international humanitarian issues. We do this by offering service experiences in Jewish communities around the world, educational events and programs, and leadership development opportunities. Entwine is an initiative of JDC, the largest Jewish humanitarian organization in the world. JDC works in 70 countries, specializing in humanitarian aid, Jewish community renewal and disaster relief.

Weitzman-HUC Fellows

Hannah Pomerantz

Cohort 6

Ilana Mulcahy

Cohort 6

Julia Ullman

Cohort 6

Rebecca Thau

Cohort 6

Ashira Boxman

Cohort 5

Emma Dubin

Cohort 5

Hannah Bloomberg

Cohort 5

Karen Martin

Cohort 5

Sarah Nabagala

Cohort 5