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Rodan Family Fellowship for East Bay Jewish Communal Professionals

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

Applications are closed for this fellowship

The Rodan Family Fellowship for East Bay Jewish Communal Professionals aims to strengthen the pipeline for Jewish leadership by providing a high-level study experience rooted in Jewish texts that addresses the key challenges of East Bay Jewish life.

The East Bay is a center for innovation in Jewish life and a hub for legacy institutions as well an incubator for new and emerging organizations focused on creative interpretation of Jewish traditions and community building. We invite a select group of leaders from across the East Bay to study the key challenges impacting our Jewish community today. Drawing from the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism curriculum, fellows will explore the underlying ideologies of the Jewish faith and how they impact Israel, American political partisanship, and how we navigate the future post COVID-19.

Fellows will be empowered to think in values-based terms about Jewish peoplehood, practice, faith, and ethics, and develop the confidence and competence to bring new frameworks for Jewish learning to their respective institutions.


The fellowship is open to East Bay professionals in mid-level to 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 furloughed or between positions but who intend to continue their career within Jewish communal institutions.

  • All levels of background and facility with traditional Jewish texts are welcome, but a strong interest in regular text-based learning is required
  • Capacity (or future capacity) to lead within their organization and the broader community, especially in 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. All sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 12-2:30 pm PT
    • October 26, 2022
    • November 16, 2022
    • December 14, 2022
    • January 18, 2023
    • February 8, 2023
    • March 1, 2023
    • March 29, 2023
  • Free access to our Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism curriculum
  • Free access to iEngage curricular materials

For questions or more information, please contact David Katz, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Philanthropic Initiatives, West Coast.

This project is supported by the Rodan Family Foundation.

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