Frequently Asked Questions

What are the goals of the fellowship?

The Jewish community needs leaders who feel empowered to speak up, to initiate important conversations, and to advocate for their own rights and the rights of others. To become leaders, young Jewish women* need role models, community support, and communication tools to enable them to take their rightful place in the world and contribute to the ongoing dialogue about the Jewish future. The Rising Voices Fellowship provides all these things and more.

The goals of the Rising Voices Fellowship are to empower young Jewish women* to become active contributors to the Jewish and feminist narratives; to use their writing to advocate for positive social change; and to become leaders in their communities and beyond.

*JWA embraces expansive understandings of what it means to be Jewish and a woman. We welcome and encourage applicants from any Jewish background, as well as non-binary, genderqueer, and gender-questioning applicants who want to explore the identity "Jewish woman" in all its complexity.

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What are the fellowship activities?

The RVF curriculum focuses on feminism, Judaism, identity, and social justice. During a webinar at the beginning of each month, fellows learn about a particular topic related to the fellowship themes and are given a writing assignment based on that topic. The writing process includes editing with JWA staff and a peer editor. In addition, fellows gather for retreats twice a year for in-depth learning and community building.

What is the time commitment for the fellowship?

Fellows spend approximately 4-6 hours per month on writing, peer editing, and webinars. The Fellowship also includes two retreats that are typically weekend-long and in the Boston area. Tentative retreat dates for the 2022-2023 cohort are August 26-28 and April 28-April 30. In response to the ongoing pandemic, JWA staff will evaluate whether to host retreats virtually or in person ahead of each retreat for the 2022-2023 cohort and will notify participants and their parents well in advance.

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What is the application process?

Applicants are required to submit the following information:

  • One reference from a teacher or other adult in a supervisory role.
  • A short paragraph answer as to why the applicant wishes to be a part of the fellowship and what the applicant hopes to get out of it.
  • Two writing samples on provided topics below.

Writing Prompts:

  1. Choose a piece of popular culture (a song, TV show, YouTube video, movie, etc.) How do you relate to it with your Jewish and gender identities? (300-350 words)
  2. Research a figure on who you’ve never heard of before but who interests you. What struck you about this person? (300-350 words)

Apply for the Rising Voices Fellowship today!

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How much does the fellowship cost?

For 2022-2023, the subsidized cost is $500 per participant. JWA covers all travel, lodging, and food costs for retreats as well as speaker honoraria and program materials for the Fellowship.

We are committed to making the program accessible to all, and we will work with you so that cost is not a barrier to participation.

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How can I learn more?

If you have additional questions please contact Sarah Quiat, Director of Rising Voices Fellowship.

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Hello, I just heard about this fellowship and I see that the deadline for applications was March 31, 2020. I am inquiring for my daughter, Maya Caparaz, who will be a senior at Albany High School in Albany, CA this fall. She has a passion for writing, Judaism, feminism and social justice. This program is perfect for her, but I discovered it too late. By any chance will you take a late application? Maya completed the Jewish Teen Foundation in the Bay Area as a sophomore and raised money for the homeless that year. My email is Thank you.

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