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Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming and Environmental Education (JOFEE) Fellowship

Fellowships to USA Individuals to Strengthen Jewish
Connection to the Environment, Food, and the Outdoors

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Fellowships to USA individuals to work on projects that incorporate food, the outdoors, and the environment into Jewish communal service. The fellowships are made up of intensive training seminars, professional placements, mentors and professional development, and educator certifications.

JOFEE Fellows are expected to work a standard 35-40 hour workweek in their professional placements, which may include nights and weekends per their placement’s needs. In addition, Fellows are expected to attend all in-person seminars, and the majority of bi-monthly webinars.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161647

Term of Contract:

Cohort 3 of the JOFEE Fellowship cohort is expected to run from February 2018-January 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible JOFEE Fellowship candidates should have strong interest in furthering their training and professional development in the JOFEE field, and knowledge and experience working in at least one, but ideally a combination, of the following areas:
- Jewish education and/or Judaic studies
- Pedagogy/curriculum development and facilitation experience in experiential, place-based, and/or informal education
- Outdoor, food, farming and/or environment education.

- Professional work experience in a JOFEE setting;
and/or successful completion of one or more immersive JOFEE experiences;
and/or professional experience in a closely related field, such as Jewish education or (non-Jewish) outdoor, food, or environmental education, with the desire to obtain JOFEE-specific skills and experience;
- Experience working in communities composed of diverse backgrounds, ages, religious observance levels, and interests;
- Between the ages of 22-32 during the Fellowship year;
- Ability to navigate complex structures within Jewish communities and effectively engage community members and leaders in JOFEE programming;
- Undergraduate degree or comparable professional experience in a JOFEE-related field or program of study; and/or Masters degree or other advanced program of study in Jewish education, Jewish communal studies, or other fields closely related to the JOFEE sphere;
- Burning desire to strengthen Jewish connections to the outdoors, food, and the environment, complemented by the organizational skills, gumption, and tenacity to develop and implement a variety of JOFEE programming.

The JOFEE Fellowship is open to all candidates, regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, disability, marital status, and sexual orientation. Successful candidates will be expected to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in Jewish learning and practice in order to work as effective JOFEE Fellows.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are open and will be accepted and processed in two rounds. Early application is highly encouraged as finalists will move into matching with placements on a rolling basis until placements are full.

Application Deadlines:
July 31, 2017: Early Application Deadline
October 2, 2017: Final Application Deadline

Cohort 3 (2018-19) Dates:
March 6 – 20, 2018: JOFEE Fellowship orientation and training intensive
September 2018: JOFEE Network Gathering & Mid-year Training Seminar
January 2019: Final seminar and closing Siyum

How to apply:


To apply, fill out the short form linked in the Contact Information field below. You will receive an email with a link to the application summary for you to review and prepare your application, and a link to the online application form. Your application must be submitted online, including current resume and any supplemental materials.

Well qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview with the JOFEE Fellowship Director. These may be conducted at the NY office for candidates in the NY area or may be conducted online via video chat.

Successful applicants will move into the finalist stage by receiving a conditional acceptance to the JOFEE Fellowship, and will then move into matching.

Finalists will be connected to interview directly with open host placements, which may include both organizations who focus directly on JOFEE and/or Jewish institutions with a broader communal focus. When finalists have received and accepted an employment offer from a site placement, they will be sent final paperwork for acceptance into the JOFEE Fellowship to review and sign.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application inquiry:
212.644.2332 x356

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