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Jewish Innovation Fellowship

“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.

5779 Fellows

Phoebe Ana Rabinowitsch

Yeshivat Maharat

Phoebe Ana Rabinowitsch is a student at Yeshivat Maharat. She earned her B.A. from American University, …

David Schwartz

Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

David Schwartz is a third-year rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) …

Moshe Kurtz

Yeshiva University - RIETS

Moshe Kurtz is a Rabbinical Student at Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) …

Jonah Winer

Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Jonah Winer was born and raised in Toronto. He felt inspired to pursue the rabbinate while at McGill University, …

Emily Goldberg Winer

Yeshivat Maharat

Emily Goldberg Winer is a student at Yeshivat Maharat in Riverdale …

Rachel Posner

Academy for Jewish Religion

Rachel Posner, a 2nd year rabbinical student at The Academy for Jewish Religion, …

Shmuli Novogroder


Shmuli worked in environmental advocacy and technical support before choosing to pursue a future in rabbinics …

Shayna Golkow


Shayna is a fifth and final year rabbinical student at JTS …

Collin “Chaim Eliezer” Davis


Collin “Chaim Eliezer” Davis has a deep love for Judaism, teaching, and the Great Outdoors …

Dan Slipakoff


Dan Slipakoff is in his final year of rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. …

Rena Singer


Rena Singer is a 4th year rabbinical student from Seattle, WA …

Samantha Frank


Samantha Frank is a fifth-year rabbinical student, originally from Silver Spring, MD …

Zevi Lowenberg


Zevi Lowenberg, a 4th year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary …