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The JCC East Bay's Leadership Development Fellowship for Young Professionals is an extraordinary opportunity to enhance your skills and explore your passions as a future leader in the Jewish community.

Be part of a cohort experience with other inspiring young professionals in the Bay Area.

Monthly sessions with important leaders in the local community as guest speakers provide education on leadership.

Fellows have the opportunity to be matched with a mentor who is a seasoned community leader to grow from their expertise and guidance.

Capstone projects give fellows a platform on which to give back to the community while building their resumes.

The graduation ceremony will celebrate fellows' accomplishments, and long after, fellows will receive ongoing support and community with the JCC as they continue on their leadership journey. 



Grounding in History

Introducing the history of the Bay Area Jewish community with a deep-dive into current demographics.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Covering identities, biases, common DEI issues in Jewish communal spaces, and tips for creating an inclusive space, shared from the perspective of people who have identified and addressed issues in their own communities.

Types of Leaders

Personality assessment, with a focus on how each group prefers their communication and how to compliment one another’s work styles.

Healthy Boundaries

How to communicate your needs while helping others through their own stress whether those are the people/communities you serve, or your own coworkers.

Serving Our Community Through Philanthropy

Workshop allowing Jewish texts, traditions, and values to inform best practices for leaders today. How can we define our passions and be a leader for our community? Exploring Jewish responsibility in the Jewish community. Defining how to connect one’s passions with what one wants to focus on in leadership.

Creating Connections

Organizational speed dating, featuring many of the local and national Jewish organizations that serve young professionals, as well as many of the local Jewish organizations that serve the broader community.


Defining the building blocks for resilience so a leader can contribute their best self, and by extension, foster resilient communities.

Bonus session - Tools for Self Empowerment

Professional development tips on writing resumes, writing cover letters, networking, informational interviews, etc.



Who can apply?

All young professionals who have an interest in becoming meaningful leaders in the local Jewish community are welcome to apply! Young professionals refers to the "post-college, pre-family" stage of life; that said, those who did not attend college and/or who do not plan to start a family are of course welcome as well.

The JCC East Bay promotes an environment of equal opportunity and will make fellowship acceptance decisions on the basis of merit. The JCC East Bay policy prohibits unlawful discrimination in accordance with federal, state, and local laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. The JCC East Bay complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require particular accommodations during the application and interview process, please inform us of your needs so that we can provide accordingly.

Is this virtual or in person?

This fellowship will be virtual over zoom until we can safely gather in person, in the East Bay.

Does it cost money to participate?

No - this fellowship is entirely free, and in addition to skills and resume building, you will get JCC East Bay swag as well! 

What is the schedule and time commitment?

This fellowship begins in October 2021 and has a graduation ceremony in June 2022, featuring one two-hour session each month on a weeknight (the day of the week will be chosen according to fellows' availability). There will be an optional bonus session in late June, featuring professional development. There will also be a capstone project that can take an investment in time to complete. The capstone must be finished within two months of graduation.

Is there homework?

Aside from occasional articles to read in advance of a session, there is no actual homework for this fellowship. That said, fellows will be encouraged to read supplemental materials and attend community events throughout the fellowship in order to learn further and to immerse themselves in the local Jewish community.

What does the mentorship component entail?

On the application, you will have the opportunity to choose to be matched with a mentor. Pulling from our extensive network of important seasoned leaders in the Jewish community, we will do our best to match you with a mentor who can relate to your leadership interests and aspirations.

How many fellows will there be?

This cohort experience will have between 8 and 15 fellows. We're keeping the numbers small to ensure you can make lasting and meaningful connections with the others in the cohort.

What is the deadline to apply?

The priority application deadline is July 26, 2021. If there are spaces left after that, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

Email our Program Manager, Alystar Sacks, at with any questions.