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Jewish Innovation Fellowship


Explore the complexity of the American Jewish world in the 21st Century with an eye toward developing creative thinking and leadership in future rabbinic leaders.

92Y’s Jewish Innovation Fellowship will offer a select group of Fellows — all current rabbinical students in New York City — a free semester-long curriculum focused on design thinking, innovation, and leadership to prepare them for the challenges of a changing Jewish landscape. Fellows will learn from a diverse range of speakers and community leaders — from within and outside the rabbinate — to foster their ability to engage communities in innovative and compelling ways. Taking advantage of 92Y’s resources and network, students will learn from and work with professionals across a number of sectors. They will discover how they can successfully think creatively to develop and lead sustainable value and faith-driven programs and organizations. Through this Fellowship, students will acquire the skills necessary in a world where past assumptions can no longer be taken for granted; fellows will be a strengthening and enlivening force in the Jewish world.

This one-of-a-kind program will include 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. Exclusive mentorship with leaders from some of the country’s most innovative synagogues who will provide one-on-one advice, guidance and support.
  3. A group project that Fellows will work on throughout the duration of the Fellowship. Fellows are expected to incorporate learnings from workshops and programs and will be asked to present their projects at the end of the year.


Sam Blustin

JTS - 3rd Year

Sam Blustin is a third year Rabbinical Student at the Jewish Theological Seminary …

Kyle Savitch

YCT 2021

Kyle Savitch is a first year student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester …

Jonathan L. Posner

The Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Jonathan Posner hails from Chicago, and is in the middle of his rabbinical training at The Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan …

Sam Yolen

Academy for Jewish Religion, Senior, Ordination Spring 2018

Sam Yolen is a senior rabbinical student at the Academy for Jewish Religion …

Elli Cohn

JTS year 5 (ordination May 2018)

Elli Cohn is a 5th year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary …

Elyssa Cherney

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College expected graduate 2018

Elyssa Cherney is a rabbinical student studying at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College …

Preston "Pesach" Neimeiser

HUC-JIR, 5th year

Preston Neimeiser, from Tallahassee, Florida, is a second year Rabbinical student student at HUC-JIR in New York, New York …

Elizabeth Shayne

Yeshivat Maharat, Year 1

Elizabeth Shayne is a first year student at Yeshivat Maharat with a strong academic background in …

Thalia Halpert Rodis

HUC-JIR 3rd year

Thalia Halpert Rodis is a third year rabbinic & education student at HUC-JIR …

Tobias Divack Moss

HUC-JIR, 4th year

Tobias Divack Moss is a fourth-year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion …

Daniel Kertzner

Academy for Jewish Religion - 1st year

Daniel, a first year rabbinical student at the Academy for Jewish Religion, has an extensive background in philanthropy and the arts …

Nicole Berne

HUC-JIR, 5th

Nicole Berne is in her final year of rabbinical school at HUC-JIR …

Steven Goldstein

Academy for Jewish Religion, first year

Steven Goldstein is a civil rights lawyer and professor who led the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect and Garden State Equality …


  • Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, Mishkan Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Rabbi Dan Horwitz, The Well (Detroit, MI)
  • Rabbi Scott Perlo, Sixth & I (Washington D.C.)
  • Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, Central Synagogue (New York, NY)
  • Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, Valley Beit Midrash (Scottsdale, AZ)
  • Rabbi Elan Babchuck, CLAL (New York, NY)
  • Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue (Washington, D.C.)
  • Rabbi Steven Leder, Wilshire Boulevard Temple (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Maharat Rachel Kohl Finegold, Congregation Shaar Hashomayim (Montreal)
  • Rabbi Peter Berg, The Temple (Atlanta, GA)
  • Rabbi Sara Luria, Beloved (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Rabbi Billy Dreskin, Woodlands Community Temple (White Plains, NY)
  • Rabbi David Ingber, Romemu (New York, NY)

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
  • 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 are open until November 17. Sessions will begin in January 2018.

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