The Community Connections Fellowship is designed to empower the next set of leaders in the Jewish communal world to engage in innovative community-building throughout New York City, Long Island, and Westchester. The fellowship is dedicated to advancing the next generation of Jewish leadership in New York by teaching and challenging participants to learn about the importance of working with diverse populations. Fellows gain skills in intergroup relations, coalition building, and cultural competency by hearing from experts in these topics.
Through this nine month fellowship, participants strengthen their professional and personal values, and work together on collective issues to strengthen their agencies, as well as the Jewish communal structure of New York. Fellows learn best practices on sharing resources, managing dynamic tensions, and collaborating on solving problems by using diversity as an asset to themselves, their agencies, their communities and the New York Metropolitan area. Since 2009, Community Connections has trained 60 leaders across the Jewish communal world, representing a cross-section of Jewish non-profits, synagogues, museums, community centers, and social service agencies. The Community Connections Fellowship receives technical and coalition building assistance from The Center for Community Leadership at JCRC-NY. The Jewish Community Relations Council is an affiliate of the UJA-Federation of New York.