Koret Fellowship for College Graduates

Empower teens to bring about change and support communities in need, guided by Jewish values, texts, and wisdom. As a Koret Fellow, you’ll receive training in the areas of engagement, social action, and community building, and learn how to seamlessly weave Judaism into your work as a JFCS teen engagement professional. To excel in this role, you must believe teens can change the world and consider service an inherently Jewish value.

Koret Fellowship Dates: August 1, 2021 – July 31, 2022

Apply here by May 14, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Koret Fellowship is a paid, one-year Fellowship that brings recent college grads with raw talent, passion, and skills to engage, connect and inspire teens to bring about change and support communities in need.  As a Koret Fellow, you’ll receive training from experts in the areas of engagement, social action and community building, and learn from Jewish leaders on how to seamlessly weave Judaism into your work as a YouthFirst engagement professional. Koret fellowships also provide a unique opportunity for fellows to become more knowledgeable of the Bay Area Jewish community and its local organizations.

Each day you will be charged with empowering students to work together to support communities in need, guided by Jewish values, texts, and tradition. You’ll work with students to identify and act on a variety of issue areas important to them. If you’re team-oriented, never give up, and truly believe that you must “be the change you wish to see in the world,” then this is the position for you! Extensive Jewish education is not necessary—just an interest in creating a vibrant Jewish community, a commitment to learning, and the desire to make a difference in the lives of students and the world.

Who you are:

  • You believe that teens have the potential to change the world.
  • You are excited about engaging Jewish teens in social action conversations.
  • You have a deep passion for educating and empowering others to take action on issues of interest to them.
  • You see community service as a Jewish responsibility and are excited to help others see this as well.
  • You are comfortable with the idea that social change occurs through multiple modalities, including volunteering, education, advocacy and Jewish service learning.
  • You believe that education can be infused into experiences that captivate the imagination.
  • You are a collaborator and love working with a team to solve problems and try new things.
  • You are a recent college grad with experience as a participant and maybe even as a teacher in a Jewish educational setting.

What you’ll get out of it:

  • High-level professional development to help build core skills and gain expertise from engagers, and social change experts, including:
  • Professional Communication
  • Public speaking
  • Building connections and collaborative relationships
  • Event coordination
  • Teen engagement
  • Being a “brand ambassador” for a high-profile community organization
  • A chance to set some personal and professional goals and choose an area of growth; receive support to achieve your goals.
  • Be part of a large multi-faceted organization serving 120,000 people with over 40 programs. You will contribute to the growth of JFCS and gain exposure to a broad range of professional roles and functions.
  • A chance to be part of both a regional team in one of our four YouthFirst offices, and a year-long cohort of 4 fellows, meeting regularly for professional development and networking opportunities.
  • Mentoring and career coaching to help you during and after your Fellowship.
  • Intensive Jewish summer and year-long learning experiences that will provide you with the knowledge, passion, and critical tool kit to fuel your work building our Jewish communities.
  • A robust array of benefits, including medical, dental, and vision coverage; paid holidays; vacation and sick leave; 403(b) plan; and life and disability insurance.
  • You will be paid $25.64 per hour, working full time (37.5 hours/week) for one year.

As a Koret Fellow, a typical day may include:

  • Meeting with a group of teens or individual students over coffee or a meal to understand which issues are most important to them and developing a plan of action together.
  • Participating in a conversation with leaders of other Jewish youth-serving organizations to plan a service-learning project.
  • Meeting with teens to explore their connection to Israel and how we might incorporate that into an event or project.
  • Planning or leading an alternative break program.
  • Participating in a professional development webinar.
  • Recruiting for an upcoming service project.
  • Using Jewish values/wisdom to strengthen existing or new programming or activity.

Apply here by May 14, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Questions? Please reach out to Linda Karlin, [email protected] or Natan Kuchar, [email protected].

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