To prepare recent college graduates to become Jewish community workers, Hillel International announced Wednesday that it will create a program to “train cohorts of young Jewish professionals in highly-valued skillsets.”
The Springboard Fellowship, which the campus student agency said it will launch in the fall, will initially enroll 20 participants, according to a press release. Once fully implemented, the program class size will expand to about 100, the statement said.
Fellows will serve at local Hillel campuses for two years. They will be funded by Hillel International and by the local Hillel campuses that they serve.
“One of Hillel’s key roles is to build and grow the next generation of Jewish talent, both for our own movement and the broader Jewish world,” Eric D. Fingerhut, president and CEO of Hillel International, said in the statement.
“Through the Springboard Fellowship, we can build on the relationships we develop with young Jews on campuses across the country and around the world to provide college graduates with innovative education and skills training while serving our communities” he said.
Mimi Kravitz, Hillel’s chief talent officer and a former Google executive, said the skills Jewish organizations are most in need of — “innovation, design thinking, digital strategy and social media — were the exact skills young people want and need to thrive in today’s marketplace,” according to the statement.