Hollander Social Justice Fellow

Apply to be a Hollander Social Justice Fellow!

Do you have a social justice cause you are passionate about and want to pursue with the NHC Summer Institute community? Apply for the Hollander Social Justice Fellowship! You will receive a scholarship for Institute tuition, room, and board, and up to $100 for materials or preparation, in exchange for planning social justice oriented programming for the NHC Summer Institute community. 

Applications from groups or pairs will also be considered and the award will be divided among the group/pair, if selected.

The National Havurah Committee is a network of diverse individuals and communities dedicated to Jewish living and learning, community building, and tikkun olam (repairing the world). Since the 1970s, the NHC Summer Institute has been bringing together Jews from across North America to envision a joyful grassroots Judaism and provide the tools to help them create empowered Jewish lives and communities. The NHC is a nondenominational, multigenerational, egalitarian, and volunteer-run organization.

Who should apply?

We expect that the strongest applications will come from people with at least three to five years of professional or volunteer experience in their area. Preference will be given to people involved in an ongoing social justice campaign (or launching a campaign) who wish to bring it to the NHC Summer Institute community.

Past Fellows Include:

2017: Mira Rivera; Embracing the Stranger
2016: Rachel Grant Meyer; Our People Were Refugees Too: A Jewish Response to the Contemporary Refugee Crisis
2015: Toby Reiter; Food Scarcity & Plenty Through a Lens of Shmita
2014: Jessica Belasco and Lauren Tuchman; Disability Justice: Making Jewish Communities Accessible to All
2013: Elizabeth Richman; Praying with our Feet? Activism on Shabbat and Chagim
2012: Regina Sandler-Phillips: Strength in Numbers: Jewish Personal Empowerment for Redistributive Justice
2011: Ilana Schatz; Exploring Fair Trade as an expression of Jewish values
2009: Joelle Novey; A Jewish response to our modern alienation from where our stuff, our electricity, and our food is coming from, who made it, produced it, or harvested it, and at what cost to the Earth
2008: Gabriela Russek; Stronger Roots to Lasting Fruit: Deepening Our Understanding of Social Justice

The Fellowship

Hollander Social Justice Fellows are expected to plan and implement three to four hours of programming (formal or informal) on a relevant and nonpartisan social justice issue. You will also have the opportunity to have a permanent display space throughout the week to share additional information. 


Your goal in this application is to demonstrate the variety of ways in which you will bring your cause into the lives of NHC participants. If you are selected, you will be expected to consult with the planning committee to ensure that your programming dovetails with the rest of the programming for the week.

Please submit brief answers to the following questions to hollanderfellow@havurah.org accepted on a rolling basis (updated).

About You and Your Cause (1 page max)

  • Project Title – What headline should we use to announce your project to the community?
  • What is the social justice cause or theme you would like to bring to the NHC?
  • What are your goals for how your project will inform and inspire the NHC Summer Institute community? 
  • What is your experience or background (professional or volunteer) with the social justice issue your project will address?
  • What resources/knowledge/skills do you bring to this project that will make it effective? 
  • Give an example of a successful social justice project you have worked on and describe your role in helping make it successful.

The Project (2 page max)
Please submit descriptions of three different sessions, each 1-2 hours in length. Some examples of slots this programming could fit into include daytime workshops (one-shot or series), community-wide programs (in consultation with the core team), late-night programs, and programs geared towards specific demographics (Kids Camp, Zeitler Fellows). Programming is not limited to these slots, however. We encourage you to be in touch with past participants to get a sense of the schedule of the week and where you would best fit in.

For each session, list:
a) The audience
b) The goal of the session
c) The content of the session:  How will the session be carried out?  (Fellows are encouraged to employ a broad variety of educational techniques, avoiding straight frontal lecture as much as possible).
d) What resources will you need to carry out this program?

The Ripple Effects (1/2 page max)
a) How will you know if your project was successful in the NHC community?
b) How can the issue be brought back to participants’ home communities?
c) What other methods (outside of the more formal sessions) will you use to bring your cause to the NHC community?

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