Do you have a social justice cause you’re passionate about and want to share with the NHC Summer Institute community? Do you have an idea for a project that will inspire NHC participants to take action?
Apply for the Hollander Social Justice Fellowship! You’ll engage the community in social justice programming throughout the two weeks of on-line programming, from July 25th through August 8th, 2021.
Fellows will receive a scholarship for Institute tuition and up to $100 for materials or preparation.
The National Havurah Committee is a network of diverse people 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.
The Purpose of the Hollander Social Justice Fellowship
We are a progressive community that is eager to work together and in our home communities for justice and liberation for all and for the tikkun/repair of our society and planet. The Hollander Social Justice Fellowship was created to build leadership and learning in the NHC community about social justice issues, and support our community to take real-world action.
The Fellow(s) will design and facilitate programming with three, inter-related aims:
- Engage the NHC’s community in learning about a contemporary social issue and avenues to pursue change.
- Create an opportunity to plan or take action during the two weeks of the on-line Summer Institute.
- Catalyze lasting impact after the Summer Institute by, for example, engaging interested people in follow-up activities, informing NHC policies or practices, or activating a network of havurot or local community groups.
Who Should Apply
We seek applications from anyone who is passionate about and experienced in social justice work. If you are interested but in any way unsure about your idea or how this program works, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you figure it out!
As part of our commitment to reflecting the diversity of the Jewish community in NHC’s leadership, we especially encourage applications from Jews of color, Sephardi Jews, Mizrahi Jews, queer Jews, trans Jews, disabled Jews, and Jews who are poor.
Applications from groups or pairs will also be considered and, if selected, the award will be divided among the Fellows.
Non-Profit organizations that are aligned with NHC values are welcome to encourage staff or volunteers to apply. The proposal can build on an ongoing effort or explore a new direction as long as it will also contribute to the NHC community as outlined above.
The Format of the Project
Fellows will be expected to contribute 3-4 hours of programming during the two weeks of the online Institute. The programming should be accessible to the entire NHC community and encourage a broad range of participation from different age groups, backgrounds, and experiences. Once selected, the Fellow will work with the planning committee to align the programming with the rest of the Institute activities.
Fellows will have an opportunity to have a permanent online display space throughout the Institute to share the project and additional information with the wider NHC community.
For a list of past Hollander Social Justice Fellows, see the NHC website.
Download the application here. Submissions are due by Monday March 15th, 2021. Decisions will be made by late March.
Applicants are encouraged to consider how they will draw on this year’s theme in their application:
אֵיזֶהוּ חָכָם, הַלּוֹמֵד מִכָּל אָדָם
“Who is wise? One who learns from every person”