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“Because every tradition began as an innovation.”


Embrace the American Jewish future. Develop creative and innovative thinking skills. Learn from groundbreaking leaders in the Jewish world and social good sector.

92Y’s Jewish Innovation Fellowship offers a select group of Fellows—all current rabbinical students in or near New York City—a free, semester-long curriculum focused on design thinking, innovation and leadership to prepare them for the opportunities of a changing Jewish landscape.

Taking advantage of 92Y’s resources and network, Fellows will learn from and work with professionals across a number of sectors. They will discover how to creatively develop and lead sustainable value and faith-driven programs and organizations. Through this Fellowship, rabbinical students will acquire the skills necessary in a world where past assumptions can no longer be taken for granted, and will become a strengthening and enlivening force in the Jewish world.

This one-of-a-kind program includes three key components:

  1. Monthly workshops or sessions with top industry leaders and Rabbis in New York City. Sessions will include a diverse range of topics that are often not built into the traditional rabbinical curriculum, such as social media, personal and organizational branding, the intersection of technology and religion, fundraising, and design thinking.
  2. Opportunities to shadow and meet one-on-one with leaders in some of the country’s most innovative synagogues and spiritual communities.
  3. Meetings with major innovators at 92Y and the chance to go behind the scenes and learn how 92Y programs are executed.

How to Apply

92Y’s Jewish Innovation Fellowship is open to current rabbinical students in New York City. To be considered for the Fellowship, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently be enrolled at one of the rabbinical schools in the New York City area, or be willing to commute to New York by car or train for sessions
  • Open to exploring new ideas and perspectives
  • Uncompromising in his/her professional advancement
  • Eager to learn new strategies to succeed
  • Willing to share his/her experiences and insights with the wider community of Fellows
  • Committed to participating in regular Fellowship events, workshops, and activities and to completing the project associated with the Fellowship

**No prior experience is required for this Fellowship. It is our hope that each member of the cohort will bring diverse experiences and knowledge to the group, but a background in innovation or entrepreneurship is not necessary for acceptance.

Applications for the 5780 class are now open! (Deadline for all application is Thursday, August 15)

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In the meantime, please feel free to email us with any questions.

Learn more about the 5779 fellows, mentors and curriculum below.


5780 Fellows

Bria Cahana

Yeshivat Maharat

Bria, originally from Montreal, is a first year Maharat student with a Masters in Jewish Biblical studies …

Myriam Ackerman

Yeshivat Maharat

Myriam Ackermann-Sommer, BA, MA, was born and raised in Southern France and has lived in Paris for four years with her husband …

Noah Marlowe

Yeshiva University - RIETS

Noah is a rabbinical student and masters candidate at Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary …

Ayelet Pearl

Academy of Jewish Religion

Ayelet Pearl is a rabbinic student at the Academy for Jewish Religion …

Sasha Baken


Sasha Baken was born in New York, NY and raised in Scarsdale, NY …

Andrew Mandel


Andrew K. Mandel is a second-year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College …

Yair Lichtman

Yeshiva University

Yair Lichtman is a Rabbinical student at RIETS, and is pursuing graduate degrees in Bible and Jewish Education through Yeshiva University …

Loren Berman

Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Loren Berman is a fourth-year as a student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah …

Jenna Mark


Jenna is a third year cantorial student at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion’s Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music …

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Please note that all 92Y regularly scheduled in-person programs are suspended.