How do I apply for the Fellowship?

Applications for the 2014-2015 Fellowship are available starting on May 1, 2014 here.  The application is simple and includes short answer questions, letters of recommendation, and letters of agency commitment.  Once your complete application is received, you will be contacted to schedule an interview.

Who should apply?

Mid to senior level professionals at Jewish communal agencies who are looking to learn how to better understand and create meaningful partnerships with various other communities in New York.  Fellows will also strengthen their professional skills, build partnerships, and expand their networks. Our Fellows are passionate, intelligent, and committed to creating meaningful change in the community.

In the past, Community Connections Fellows have represented all types of non-profits, synagogues, community centers, social service agencies, government offices, and beyond.

What are the time commitments for the Fellowship?

Participants commit to making a one-day a month commitment to the Fellowship. The once a month meeting includes both skill-building seminars, as well as committee meetings.

Skill-Building Seminars: Throughout the year, CC Fellows connect with experts on important topics while building partnerships through networking and increasing their awareness of working with other communities in New York.  The Fellowship offers monthly general seminars that address a variety of core concerns for engaging in community-building work, including cultural competency, coalition building, community organizing and awareness, institutional racism, and more.

Committees: Fellows are broken into two committees – Event planning or Grant Making.  The Event Planning Committee is charged with organizing a large-scale conference addressing an issue facing Jewish New York, utilizing core concepts learned in the Fellowship. The Grant Making Committee will create a “foundation” and learn about the grant-making process from the perspective of a funder. By the end of the Fellowship, the committee will award a micro-grant to an organization of their choosing. Each committee meets once a month (either before or after the skill-building seminar) to accomplish its goals.

What happens after the Fellowship?

We host a number of 'master series' workshops to continue providing advanced level trainings each year.  Past workshops have included facilitation skills, social media for non-profits, and more. There will also be additional networking events for alumni to stay involved.

Who do I contact with more questions?

Please contact Esther Tsvaygenbaum at or 212-983-4800 x133 with any additional questions!