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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. Become the Rabbi the American Jewish community needs.

In the wake of the challenges of COVID, 92Y’s Jewish Innovation Fellowship has gone virtual. The Jewish Innovation Fellowship offers a select group of Rabbinical students a free, year-long curriculum focused on design thinking, innovation, and leadership. Seeing through the eyes of some of the best leaders in and beyond the Jewish world, Fellows will prepare themselves for the opportunities of a changing Jewish landscape in a radically altered world.

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 sustainably lead faith-driven programs and organizations. Through this Fellowship, Rabbinical students will acquire the skills necessary for 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 will include three key components:

  1. Monthly virtual workshops or sessions with top industry leaders and Rabbis. 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 from accredited seminaries around the country. To be considered for the Fellowship, candidates must be:

  • Currently enrolled at an accredited Rabbinical school on the East Coast or Midwest
  • Open to exploring new ideas and perspectives
  • Uncompromising in their professional advancement
  • Eager to learn new strategies to succeed
  • Willing to share their experiences and insights with the wider community of Fellows
  • Committed to participating in regular Fellowship events, workshops, and activities

**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 5781 Jewish Innovation Fellowship are now open! Applications are due Monday, August 3.

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Learn more about the 5780 fellows 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 …

5780 Program

Please note that the program is subject to change from year to year. While some sessions may be repeated, we are always responding to feedback and new opportunities.

Session 1 | Introductory Meeting - Cohort Building
Fellows connect and engage in a team building workshop with Kippy Joseph and 92Y Rabbis, Rabbi Samantha Frank, Rabbi Scott Perlo, and Rabbi Peter Rubinstein.

Session 2 | Collaboration and Creativity
Fellows do an interactive and fun training exercise utilizing their Neethling Brain Inventory (NBI) assessment to gain key insights into how they, their teams, and their supervisor prefer to make decisions and communicate with Yaron Prywes, Ph.D.

Session 3 | Design Thinking
Fellows engage in a design thinking workshop with David Dabscheck, founder and CEO of GIANT Innovation, an organization which transforms the way organizations and people think and act in order to become world-class innovators.

Session 4 | Authenticity in the Rabbinate
Fellows deepen their connection in finding authenticity in the Rabbinate with Rabbi Lizzie Hydemann and Rabbi Sara Luria.

Session 5 | Jewish Media and Social Media
Fellows learn some of the best practices of utilizing the landscape of Jewish media with Jane Eisner of The Forward, and finding a voice on social media with Rabbi Samantha Frank (5779 Fellow) of Instagram’s Modern Ritual.

Session 6 | Welcoming Community
Fellows learn helpful and creative ways to welcome in the community with Meg Sullivan of JCC Harlem.

Session 7 | Branding and Crowdsourcing
Fellows meet with Archie Gottesman, founder of JewBelong, to discuss successful marketing techniques and personal and professional branding.

Session 8 | Leadership
Rabbi Rubinstein delivers a breakdown of principles to send off the fellows in a closing session.