ACCESS Leadership Fellowship
The American Jewish Committee’s ACCESS Leadership Fellowship (ALEF) is an eight-part series designed to give an elite group of young professionals an exclusive deep-dive into the work of AJC and ACCESS, AJC’s young professionals division. ALEF Is designed for young professionals aged 23-35 interested in becoming more involved with AJC and serves as a thorough overview to the diverse work of AJC. The goals of ALEF are to enhance participants’ leadership skills, bolster participants’ knowledge of the scope and scale of AJC’s work, equip participants with advocacy skills and real-life advocacy experience, and to create a cohort of participants that will become involved within the young leadership of ACCESS. Applications will open for the 2020-2021 cohort in May, 2020.
Sessions of the Program
ALEF participants will engage in AJC’s mission: “to enhance the wellbeing of the Jewish people and Israel, and to advance human rights and democratic values in the United States and around the world.” The eight-part series will include sessions such as:
- AJC’s approach to global Jewish advocacy with senior AJC leadership
- Off-the-record meetings with legislators and diplomats
- An inside look into AJC’s Israel advocacy approach
- Bridge-building with AJC’s Muslim Jewish relations
- Engagement workshop with AJC’s Asia Pacific Institute
- Combating antisemitism at home and abroad
Sessions will be held once a month from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and will run from September 2020 through May 2021. Sessions will be held on weekday nights at AJC Headquarters or at designated locations throughout NYC. Each session will feature a kosher dinner.
Participants of ALEF
ALEF will consist of a cohort of 10-20 young professionals (ages 25-35) seeking to become more engaged in AJC and ACCESS NY. After filling out an initial application, potential participants will be contacted for an interview with ACCESS NY staff.
Applications will open for the 2020-2021 cohort in May, 2020 . Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the application deadline of August 14, 2020.
Responsibilities of ALEF Participants
- Attendance at each ALEF session. Participants can miss one session throughout the duration of the program.
- Each participant will contribute a minimum of $625 to ACCESS NY
- Participants are to attend AJC’s Policy Conference, AJC Global Forum, in Washington, D.C. June 6-8, 2021.
Privileges of ALEF Participants
- Recognition as part of AJC’s Marshall Society
- Invitations to exclusive Marshall Society events and opportunities in the New York region and at AJC Global Forum
- Invitations to national Insider Briefing conference calls with AJC experts
- Eligibility to partake in signature ACCESS overseas missions, including the ACCESS & API Kakehashi Trip to Japan and Allianz AJC Third Generation Initiative Berlin Trip
- Reduced cost for Global Forum registration
After participation in ALEF, participants are encouraged to continue to stay involved in the ACCESS NY Marshall Society and to pursue future AJC leadership opportunities, such as joining the ACCESS NY board.
Applications will open for the 2020-2021 cohort in May, 2020. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the ACCESS Leadership Fellowship, please reach out to Brandon Pinsker, Assistant Director, ACCESS NY, at email@example.com.