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Elevate your leadership skills while learning the fundamentals of community organizing through LUNAR's inaugural Leading Light Fellowship!

 

Commencing in June 2024, this 12-month program will convene a national cohort of Asian Jewish young adults and equip them with the skills and resources to foster local Asian Jewish communities across the U.S.

About the Fellowship

The fellowship kicks off with a weekend Shabbaton training retreat in sunny Los Angeles, where our cohort will gather in-person and participate in foundational leadership and team-building sessions. Travel expenses, lodging, and meals are provided.

Supported by LUNAR staff and Asian Jewish mentors across a range of professional backgrounds, fellows collaborate to build Asian Jewish community in their own cities, through planning and facilitating local events. Fellows are equipped with a plethora of resources, including a comprehensive handbook, digital tools and templates, a provided program budget, and monthly Zoom workshops covering topics such as event facilitation, Jewish ritual, accessibility and inclusion, and conflict mediation. In addition, each fellow is offered a personal stipend of $3,000, with the potential to earn more through optional speaking opportunities, press appearances, or additional events.

By the conclusion of the program, fellows will:

  • Become confident leaders, bridge builders, and advocates for their communities

  • Be equipped to collaborate, communicate, and navigate challenges

  • Reclaim and deepen their relationships to their Asian Jewish identities

  • Develop key community organizing and event planning skills

  • Strengthen and expand their professional networks

Timeline

May 12, 2024 - Applications due

May 20, 2024 - Decisions finalized

June 1, 2024 - Fellowship commences

Late June - In-person weekend retreat in Los Angeles (Date TBD, subject to fellows' availability)

May 31, 2025 - Fellowship concludes

FAQs

Who is eligible to apply?

This program is designed as an affinity space for Asian American Jewish leaders, with a particular focus on young adults ages 20-35. However, we welcome applications from Asian American Jewish adults of any age. We define Asian American Jews as people who identify as both Asian American and Jewish. This can include mixed-race folks, transracial adoptees, Asian Jews by Choice, and more. We fully welcome those in the process of converting to Judaism. 

What is the time commitment of participating in this fellowship?

In addition to attending our 3-day training retreat, each fellow dedicates approximately 5-10 hours per month to this program. This includes attending mentor sessions, partnership meetings, and workshops, and co-planning and facilitating at least 3 events throughout the year.

Is there any cost to participate?

No; although many fellowship models do charge participation fees, our vision is to keep this fellowship  accessible for participants of any income level. Thanks to generous support from our funders, we are proud to offer this program at no cost to fellows, along with providing a $3,000 stipend to each fellow.

What types of events can fellows lead?

Fellows collaborate to plan and facilitate local LUNAR events across six categories:

  1. Social Gatherings - game nights, Shabbat dinners, picnics, hikes, etc.

  2. Holiday Events - Hanukkah, Passover, Lunar New Year, Double Heritage Month, etc.

  3. Healing Spaces - identity processing spaces, healing circles, meditation, etc.

  4. Jewish Learning - Torah discussions, ritual circles, sessions with our Rabbi in Residence, etc.

  5. Bridge Building - Jewish-AAPI dialogue sessions, joint service projects, etc.

  6. Arts & Culture - book clubs, open mics, museum trips, concerts, etc.

 

Events range in size and scope, from casual movie nights to in-depth Passover seders. The audience for each event may vary, whether an intimate affinity space for Asian Jews, a large event open to everyone, or something in-between. We welcome and encourage partnerships with local organizations, student groups, synagogues, and more.

Contact

Got further questions? Contact Maryam Chishti (maryam@weareasianjews.org) and Jenni Rudolph (jenni@weareasianjews.org). 

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