JFCS New Leaders Fellowship

The JFCS Fellowship Program will return in October 2021! Apply before September 1st for our 2021-22 cohort!

JFCS offers an inspiring educational experience for a cohort of emerging Jewish leaders in the Bay Area. The JFCS New Leaders Fellowship provides accomplished young adults a unique training program and in nonprofit governance through the lens of JFCS’ mission and expertise as a human service agency.

During the nine-month program, Fellows grapple with critical issues facing the Jewish and wider community and dive into key tenets of nonprofit management, while building critical skills and a collaborative community of peers.

The Fellowship meets one evening per month from October – June*. Each meeting is a learning session led by a faculty of distinguished scholars and thought leaders to explore:

  • Steering a successful nonprofit for maximum impact
  • Creating change through advocacy, community engagement, and philanthropy
  • Leveraging personal leadership styles into effective action
  • Understanding community and identity needs through a Jewish lens with scholars from the Shalom Hartman Institute

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

Upon completion of the program, graduated Fellows have the opportunity to participate in leadership opportunities through JFCS committees and special initiatives, as well as continued learning and networking within our Fellowship Alumni Network.

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

Apply for the New Leaders Fellowship

JFCS seeks emerging leaders who are innovative, impact-driven, and committed to improving the lives of individuals and families in our community.

Eligible New Leaders Fellowship candidates:

  • Are 30 – 40 years old and live in the San Francisco Bay Area (evening meetings take place in San Francisco)
  • Possess past leadership experience (at work, school, or in their communities)
  • Have a track record of innovation, strategy, and impact, with room to grow
  • Have an interest in exploring what it means to be in a leadership position in the nonprofit sector, create impact through advocacy, and a desire for connection with Jewish communal life

Participant Expectations:

  • Commitment to attend monthly meetings and (1) day-long retreat, completion of pre-reading assignments, and attendance at other Fellowship and JFCS events, to the best of one’s ability.

Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an interview. 


Applications will close on September 1, 2021!

Know a potential candidate? Nominate someone else for next year’s Fellowship >

With any questions, please contact Alissa Steiner at [email protected]

“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 

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