January 15, 2019
2019 AJC New England Global Advocacy Fellowship
March – May 2019
AJC New England’s Global Advocacy Fellowship is an extraordinary opportunity for exceptional individuals between the ages of 38 and 52 (with age exceptions for those highly qualified) to learn the fundamentals of AJC’s unique approach to global Jewish advocacy and ambassadorship, so that they can engage effectively on a local, national and global level.
This four-session program will take place between March and May of 2019, with additional opportunities to attend AJC New England programs and advocacy meetings, participate in a regional board meeting to meet our leadership, and join the New England regional delegation at AJC’s annual policy conference, Global Forum, June 2-4 in Wash., D.C. Sessions will be led by AJC experts and will cover a variety of topics, from how to advocate for Israel and fight its delegitimization in today’s culture, to how AJC influences events locally and globally. In addition, regional board members will be present as a resource to accepted Fellows and will facilitate discussion on these important and timely issues.
Selected Fellows will:
- Attend sessions conducted by regional, national, and international AJC staff to learn about AJC’s unique diplomatic approach, locally and globally
- Learn how to be more effective advocates for the Jewish community and Israel
- Build a network of like-minded, motivated individuals
- Engage with diplomats, legislators, interfaith partners, and community leaders
- Participate in Insider Briefings
- Session 1 – Global Jewish Advocacy in a Time of Turmoil
- Session 2 – The US, American Jewry and the Struggle to Influence Vital Events: How AJC’s Global Network Works
- Session 3 - The Campaign to Delegitimize Israel: Meeting the Challenge – Globally and Locally
- Session 4 - Advocacy, Influence and Our Jewish Future: The Regional Office and How We Help Shape Our Tomorrow
Specific topics with local impact will be addressed throughout the program, including: combating anti-Semitism locally and globally; the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in our community and on our campuses; advocating with New England diplomats to address issues ranging from the delegitimization of Israel at the United Nations to anti-Semitism in their countries; legislative advocacy with national, state and local elected officials on human rights, immigration reform, the security of Israel, and more.
Successful candidates will demonstrate some or all the following qualities:
- Demonstrated commitment to the health and welfare of the Jewish community;
- Interest in global affairs;
- Enthusiasm for building strong and involved activist communities;
- Motivation to be a change agent and capacity to lead;
- Ability to embrace complex issues, listen to other points of view and advocate.
- Desire to build a strong robust future for Jews and other vulnerable peoples in Massachusetts, the U.S., Israel, and around the world.