Bay Area Leaders Fellowship

Strengthening the pipeline for Jewish leadership in the Bay Area through high-level study addressing the key challenges of Bay Area Jewish life.

Bay Area Leaders Fellowship

Nominations are now open for the 3rd cohort of the Bay Area Leaders Fellowship, which aims to strengthen the pipeline for Jewish leadership in the Bay Area by providing a high-level study experience rooted in Jewish texts that addresses the key challenges of Bay Area Jewish life.

We are especially interested in supporting professionals working with emerging adults and young families (20’s – 40’s).

While the Bay Area is a hub of Jewish creativity, it is also a Jewish community that is increasingly distanced from global Jewry and Israel. As Israel and antisemitism continue to appear as totems in domestic political fights about nationalism and loyalty, addressing questions about Jewish power and vulnerability have emerged as significant challenges for Jewish leadership.

This fellowship brings together a select group of leaders from across the Bay Area for study on key challenges impacting the Jewish community today. Drawing from the Shalom Hartman Institute iEngage Project, the curriculum will engage questions regarding Jewish Peoplehood, Israel, American partisanship, and COVID-19. In recognition of the crucial role that these professionals play in the development of the next generation of Bay Area Jewish life, the fellowship cultivates these leaders to think in values-based terms about Israel and Jewish Peoplehood as core elements of Jewish life, and provides them with a set of tools to foster substantive and compelling conversations about and relationships with Israel.


The fellowship is open to Bay Area professionals in senior positions in their local communities: directors, assistant directors, clergy, and educators as well as regional staff for national organizations. We recognize that COVID-19 has significantly impacted local Jewish organizations and welcome the nomination of candidates who are currently furloughed or between positions, but who intend to continue their career within Jewish communal institutions.

  • Applicants may possess any level of background and facility with traditional Jewish texts, but a strong interest in regular text-based learning is required
  • Capacity (and future capacity) to lead within their organization and the broader community, especially in regard to cultivating a meaningful and thoughtful Judaism
  • Demonstrated record of professional achievement
  • Alignment with the mission and approach of the Shalom Hartman Institute

Fellowship Structure:

  • Monthly seminar with Shalom Hartman Institute faculty
  • One day-long retreat with other Bay Area leaders
  • Free access to online iEngage curricular materials
  • Free registration for Hartman’s summer 2022 Community Leadership Program in Jerusalem

For questions of more information, please contact Sarah Fields, Director of Bay Area Programs, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

This project is supported by grants from the Koret Foundation and the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.