Apply to become a Community Connections Fellow!

It opened my eyes to the layers of work that are involved in keeping NYC running. I didn’t understand how many organizations there are devoted to supporting the diverse communities in New York, and how hard they all have to work to maintain relationships and stabilities. It was great to have so many different people together in one space sharing their common experiences and building on each other’s knowledge to create the strongest community that we could.
— Ruth Balinsky Friedman, Yeshivat Maharat

Community Connections is a professional development, community building, and networking program geared towards strengthening Jewish communal leaders throughout New York City, Long Island, and Westchester. 


Community Connections Fellowship Highlights

  • Partake in monthly professional development seminars
  • Learn skills such as intergroup relations, community organizing, cultural humility, coalition  building, and more.
  • Participate in monthly committee meetings focused on grant-making.
  • Meet with communal and city leaders, and learn from expert trainers.
  • Network and build relationships with other Jewish communal professionals and organizations.
  • Gain access to additional resources and best practices.
  • Receive a certificate of accomplishment at the closing ceremony from JCRC-NY and UJA-Federation of NY

Applicant Eligibility

  • Mid to senior level professional at a Jewish communal organization
  • Dedicated to improving and serving the Jewish community of New York City, and ensuring mutual understanding and positive relations with other religious, ethnic, and cultural groups of New York.
  • Has a demonstrated record of promoting inclusion and diversity
  • Possesses proven leadership qualities, a passion to help those in need, and a clear vision for the future
  • Highly motivated to improve professional development and personal growth