Shaping Our Community's Young Leaders
In 2015, NIF Australia launched our inaugural Naomi Chazan Fellowship, a program that equips young leaders with the tools they need to make an impact on the Australian Jewish community’s conversation about Israel.
What is the Fellowship?
The ten-month program includes three components: a ten-day study to Israel, learning and development opportunities, and running programming and events in the Jewish community. In our first year, we selected six outstanding young leaders – Elysheva, Jeremy, Avi, Lanna, Eli and Chantal – to lead a fresh discourse around Israel, that brings Israel back into the community’s social justice conversation.
Over ten-days, our Fellows, joining up with a cohort of young leaders on a parallel program from NIF UK, met with some of the most impactful journalists, activists, lawyers and politicians in Israel today. They met with former deputy speaker of the Knesset Naomi Chazan, current New Israel Fund President Talia Sasson, one of the leaders Israel’s African refugee community Mutasim Ali, chair of Women of the Wall Anat Hoffman and many more.
Making An Impact In Australia
Our Fellows produced a number of exciting initiatives in the Jewish community, including: a series of “Food For Thought” dinners where they led discussions about the wave of violence that was hitting Israel and the West Bank; they had an op-ed in the Australian Jewish News discussing the overlap between their human rights values, and the Zionism; and through their initiative we have launched the new Israel Refocused Podcast.
Building a New Generation of Leaders
We’re committed to building a more inclusive, tolerant and respectful conversation about Israel in the Australian Jewish community, and we think our Naomi Chazan Fellowship is one of the best way to do this. We’re grateful to our generous donors who are investing in our community’s young leaders with us, empowering them, and up-skilling them to lead the community forward.