Advancing the Next Generation of Community Leaders

JFCS offers an inspiring educational experience for young Bay Area leaders who want to put their values into action and learn how to lead for change.

Through the New Leaders Fellowship, you will build friendships with other amazing young professionals, learn from a distinguished faculty, and be part of JFCS’ work improving peoples’ lives.


Thank you for your interest in the New Leaders Fellowship at JFCS. The 2021-2022 application process has ended. Please check back with us in the summer of 2022 for applications for the 2022-2023 New Leaders Fellowship Cohort.

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In nine, monthly learning sessions, we’ll dive into key tenets of nonprofit management, learn how to put personal leadership styles into meaningful action, and build critical leadership skills for life.

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As a JFCS Fellow, you’ll have the opportunity to build community with a diverse group of peers who share your values and your desire to make the world a better place.

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Grapple with the key issues that impact our Jewish and the broader community, now and into the future, and learn from world-renown scholars from the Shalom Hartman Institute.

A Comprehensive Curriculum

Our learning sessions are led by a distinguished faculty of successful community and business leaders, educators, rabbis, and scholars. Throughout the curriculum, we explore:

  • Steering a successful nonprofit for maximum impact
  • Creating change through advocacy, community engagement, and philanthropy
  • Using case studies to approach the most pressing issues facing our community
  • Leveraging personal leadership styles into effective action
  • Understanding community and identity needs through a Jewish lens

Fellows have access to influential community leaders, opportunities to meet with legislators, and first-hand exposure to JFCS fundraising, advocacy, and events.

*Pending CDC, State, and City guidelines, our plan is to meet monthly in person. Some elements of the program may also be virtual.
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From the Bay Area to Israel

On completion of the program, Fellows will be invited to join JFCS on an exclusive leadership tour of Israel*. In Israel, we meet with influential leaders, scholars, educators, and changemakers, as we dive deep into Israeli life and social support systems. We also enjoy delicious meals, days full of learning and adventure, and an opportunity to connect with a diverse group of leaders.

*We hope to be able to take our trip to Israel in Summer 2022 and will reschedule if it needs to be postponed due to the pandemic.

Turn Learning into Impact

Every day, JFCS changes lives. We help individuals and families through all stages of life and provide a lifeline to anyone facing personal crises or challenges.

Graduated Fellows have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact in other peoples’ lives through leadership opportunities on JFCS committees and special volunteer initiatives. Many of our graduates have gone on to take meaningful leadership roles, including Board placement at JFCS and other nonprofit organizations! You will also have access to continued learning and networking within our Fellowship Alumni Network.

Mitch Waxman“As someone who grew up in the Bay Area Jewish community, I knew I wanted to become involved but didn’t know where to start. The JFCS Fellowship experience was the perfect jumping-off point: a unique chance to blend community building with tangible skills that helped prepare me for future opportunities as a board member.”

Mitch Waxman, JFCS New Leaders Fellow, 2019 – 2020 Cohort


Questions? Contact Tamar Zaken at [email protected]

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