AJC DEPARTMENTS, CHAPTERS AND AFFILIATES OFFERING GOLDMAN FELLOWSHIP POSITIONS IN 2009
Descriptions below focus on the main, substantive 9-week project. All departments include Goldman Fellows in departmental meetings, conference calls and often in events outside of the office. Goldman Fellows working in New York and DC are invited to participate in weekly luncheons with AJC and outside experts on a range of issues critical to AJC’s agenda.
Belfer Center for Pluralism and Democracy/ Department for Interreligious Affairs (NY)
The American Jewish Committee's Belfer Center for Pluralism and Democracy creates interethnic programming at both the national and chapter level that develop relationships and networks with a range of ethnic groups, promoting dialogue and proactive advocacy. The American Jewish Committee's Department of Interreligious Affairs works on similar programs to build meaningful relationships and mutual understanding with other religious groups. Among other smaller projects, a Goldman Fellow will be researching and writing a historic timeline of interethnic relations and conduct a needs assessment survey for the interreligious department.
New York Chapter (NY)
In advancing the goals of the American Jewish Committee in New York City, the New York Chapter works to support the State of Israel; combat anti-Semitism; and build bridges both within the New York Jewish community and with outside partners, including diplomats, government officials, and leaders of other ethnic and religious communities. The NY Chapter’s objective is to advocate for communal and public policies that safeguard the Jewish people, promote intergroup understanding, and advance the causes of civil rights, human rights and social justice. The Diplomatic Outreach program builds long-term relationships with diplomats in the New York area. Along with small, private meetings between diplomats and Chapter lay leaders, the New York Chapter organizes two annual events, the Diplomatic Seder and the Diplomatic Tour of Jewish New York. Both engage a broad range of the diplomatic community and provide them with better understanding of the New York Jewish community, Judaism's traditions and values, and Jews around the world. A Goldman Fellow would help think through and plan both major events and participate in diplomatic meetings as well as work on any urgent political issues as they come up.
Latino and Latin American Affairs Institute (Washington, DC)
The Latino and Latin American Affairs Institute is the latest initiative in AJC's efforts to further American Jewish relations with the Latino community in the U.S. and governments and Jewish communities across Latin America. The Institute works with AJC partners in the region to strengthen Jewish life, deter terrorism, ensure that democracy and pluralism remain strong, and advance relations between Latin American countries and the U.S. and Israel. A Goldman Fellow will be involved in outreach efforts, especially to Hispanic Jews in the U.S. together with Hebrew University, and in the creation of a new publication enforcing Latino-Jewish cooperation. Spanish language skills a must.
European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS), Brussels, Belgium
The European Union of Jewish Students is an umbrella organization for 35 national Jewish student unions in Europe and the Former Soviet Union, representing over 200,000 Jewish students. Cognizant of the religious, linguistic and cultural diversity that make up the European Jewish community, EUJS strives to present a variety of perspectives through its leadership training programs, educational seminars and international conferences, all tailor-made to the needs of its students. Throughout its history, EUJS has placed itself at the cutting edge of inter-cultural and inter-religious programming, as well as programming related to genocide education, advocacy and Jewish continuity in Europe. A Goldman Fellow working with EUJS will be in charge of communication with and coordination of participants and speakers for EUJS’s biggest event, Summer University. Summer University brings together over 500 young Jews from across Europe and the FSU for an intense four-day seminar including educational, advocacy and networking workshops and is the largest annual gathering of young Jews in Europe. This project includes organizing the registration process for Summer U. as well as other logistics. Coordination of sub-teams and a part of the event’s follow-up would also be the Fellow’s responsibility.
Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (Melbourne, Australia)
The American Jewish Committee and its affiliate organization in Australia, AIJAC (based in Melbourne and Sydney), established institutional ties in May 1997 to advance joint interests. Each organization retains full autonomy and independence while collaborating on key Jewish communal and international policy issues. AIJAC is the premier public affairs organization for the Australian Jewish community. Through research, analysis, commentary and advocacy, AIJAC represents the interests of the Australian Jewish community to government officials, politicians, media and other community groups and organizations. It has professionals dedicated to analysis and monitoring developments in the Middle East, Asia and Australia. AIJAC publishes a monthly magazine, Australia/Israel Review or AIR, which highlights developments in the Middle East affecting Israel, and public policy issues of concern to the Australian Jewish community. In the past, Goldman Fellows have worked on researching and writing for the magazine and have contributed articles on a range of topics (last year’s fellow wrote an analysis of Israel’s missile defense system). Fellows have also developed and taught advocacy seminars to Australian Jewish students.
Forum for Dialogue Among Nations (Warsaw, Poland)
The Forum for Dialogue Among Nations is a Polish non-profit organization whose mission is to foster Polish-Jewish dialogue, eradicate anti-Semitism and teach tolerance through education. The Forum fulfills its mission through seminars, publications, exhibitions, and exchange programs targeted at Polish and Jewish youth and senior leaders. The Forum organizes a number of high-level trips around Poland each year that give participants nuanced views of past and present-day Poland by exposing them to politicians, journalists, the Jewish community, civil society leaders and other Polish opinion makers, and to engage in dialogue about future Polish-Jewish relations. A Goldman Fellow will be involved in thinking through and organizing new study trips for Polish young professionals and senior leaders to the U.S., the Polish-Jewish Exchange Program as well help Forum staff strengthen the organization’s U.S. connections (e.g. to Hillel).
Transatlantic Institute (Brussels, Belgium)
Founded by AJC in Brussels in 2005, the Transatlantic Institute was established at a critical juncture in the history of the transatlantic alliance as a nongovernmental, non-partisan and independent organization, devoted to strengthening transatlantic ties, improving dialogue on policy challenges and promoting better understanding of core issues confronting the democratic world. The Transatlantic Institute was built as an intellectual bridge between the United States and the European Union. Throughout the year, the Transatlantic Institute holds a variety of meetings, seminars and conferences at which government officials, scholars, and policy specialists discuss world affairs and exchange views. It conducts research, promotes discussion of foreign policy, and aims to provide a forum to air diverse views on topics of international importance, particularly Middle East affairs.
Besides an individual project that will correspond to the Goldman Fellow’s specific interest and experience, the Fellow will also take part in the regular work of the Institute, in particular organizing meetings and analyzing and researching current European/US political affairs.
Strategic Planning (NY)
The Department of Strategic Planning is part of AJC’s Office of the Executive Director and assesses and recommends best practices for AJC’s operations, including governance structure, program evaluation, human resources, finance, leadership development, communications, chapters, fundraising and even AJC’s mission, vision and values. It seeks to optimize these functions, guiding AJC to become a stronger and more effective organization, first through a strategic plan (to be completed in 2009), and by continually revisiting these recommendations. A Fellow working with AJC’s Strategic Planning department received exposure to the full range of AJC’s activities and inner workings. The Department is particularly closely connected with the Department of Leadership and Board Services and works on creating and executing leadership training seminars and conferences, effective communication with senior AJC board members etc.
Washington, DC Chapter
Founded in 1955, the Washington, DC Chapter is charged with carrying out AJC’s ambitious agenda in the Washington, DC area. By building a broader understanding of the values and concerns of Israel and the Jewish community, AJC has created partnerships and coalitions around policy development, legislation and local programs. The DC Chapter supplements the international relations work of the Office of Government and International Affairs and is engaged in extensive intergroup partnerships with many ethnic and religious communities in the Washington area. Through its advocacy efforts, the Chapter engages elected officials in southern Maryland, northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. The Chapter’s growing ACCESS/ young leadership program is engaging top young professionals in the realm of diplomatic relations and intergroup relations.
Law Department of American Jewish Committee (NY)
The American Jewish Committee's Law Department provides advice to the organization on all legal matters that arise. The Law Department also has accoun tability for AJC’s governance and compliance. Governance for nonprofits is an increasingly important high-level issue, and it is anticipated that the Goldman Fellow will work on one or more projects involving the alignment of foreign affiliate offices with the need for greater transparency. This will involve learning about EU and other foreign laws pertaining to privacy, employment and labor law, and helping a senior lawyer provide advice on these topics to affiliate offices. In addition, the Goldman Fellow can expect to work on a variety of other matters that are handled by a nonprofit house counsel, including contracts, disputes, compliance efforts, tax laws pertaining to nonprofits, and drafting of policy.
AJC's Office of Government and International Affairs (OGIA), Washington, DC
AJC’s Office of Government and International Affairs handles relations between AJC and the White House, Congress, federal agencies, foreign governments and their embassies in Washington and other civic, religious and human relations groups in Washington. OGIA oversees AJC’s international offices and the various regional institutes as well as the agency’s efforts to assure the welfare and security of Jews around the world. OGIA is actively engaged in international diplomacy, maintains high-level contacts across the globe, commissions and disseminates research on topics central to our mission, conducts public forums to generate understanding of our concerns, and carries out exchange programs that expose U.S. and foreign opinion-makers to key issues. The Goldman Fellow will play a critical role in the planning and execution of the UN Diplomatic Marathon, the highlight of OGIA’s annual calendar. The Fellow will be researching and writing briefing materials, liaising with embassies and keeping a database of scheduled meetings and participating in a variety of diplomatic meetings and other related events.
National and Legislative Affairs, Washington, DC
AJC’s National and Legislative Affairs department is responsible for formulation and coordination of the agency’s domestic policy agenda, and for implementation of the agency’s legislative advocacy efforts for both foreign and domestic policy priorities. We work with Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle and the Administration in order to make a meaningful impact on national policy. In order to achieve this goal we engage in strategic communications with elected and appointed officials, as well as activate our regional offices to weigh in with their representatives. Our major issues include Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties issues, Religious Liberty, Energy Security, and Foreign Affairs. A Goldman Fellow will be researching legislation, representing AJC at coalition meetings, drafting letters to Members of Congress, preparing action alerts for the field and attending Congressional briefings and hearings.