Offer: NIF/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowships
About the Social Justice Fellowships
In 1997, the Nomi Fein Social Justice Fellowship was established by Nomi's family after her sudden death at the age of 30. Three years later, a second Social Justice fellowship was created to honor the life and memory of Rabbi Richard J. Israel. Click here to read more about the legacies of Nomi Fein and Rabbi Richard J. Israel. In 2008, thanks to the generosity of NIF donors, the NIF/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowship was again expanded. For the 2012-13 Fellowship year, we have six (6) U.S spots and one (1) Canadian spot.
NIF/SHATIL Social Justice Fellows spend 32 hours per week interning in an approved, individually-selected Israeli non-governmental organization (NGO), active in one of the following areas:
civil and human rights;
social and economic justice;
Additionally, Fellows engage in monthly enrichment programs and periodic site visits to further develop their understanding of Israel, Israeli activism, and their role as activists both in Israel and at home. Fellows also receive training in leadership and community development. Because Fellows intern full time in an Israeli NGO, successful applicants must have either excellent Hebrew language skills, or good Hebrew with excellent Arabic skills. Living expenses are covered by a modest stipend. [For more info on Fellowship expectations click here] The Fellowship year runs from September 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013 and completed applications, including two letters of reference, are due on January 20, 2012. Applicants should be college graduates by the start of the Fellowship year. Only U.S. and Canadian residents are eligible for the SJF; Israeli permanent residents are not eligible to receive an NIF/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowship.
About the New Israel Fund and SHATIL
The New Israel Fund (NIF) was established in 1979 to strengthen democracy and promote social justice in Israel, and is today Israel's foremost social-change institution. Specifically, it works to advance the following objectives: Fighting for civil and human rights; Promoting religious tolerance and pluralism; Closing the social and economic gaps in Israeli society; and Protecting Israel's environment. In 1982, NIF established SHATIL, the New Israel Fund's Empowerment and Training Center for Social Change.
Since its founding, NIF has granted more than $200 million to more than 800 Israeli non-profit organizations. But NIF is far more than a grant maker; NIF is a unique working and philanthropic partnership of North Americans, Israelis, and Europeans. SHATIL, NIF’s action arm, provides more than 1,000 Israeli non-profit organizations with support each year, building their organizational capacity by providing training, consultation, coalition-building assistance, and other services