the journey to becoming a Jewish changemaker starts now

Your changemakers journey begins with a three-week summer intensive that fosters growth, engagement, and leadership in the Jewish community. Each week will focus on a specific theme that builds on the prior week’s topics.

Jewish changemakers will:

gain new insight into themselves, the broader Jewish community, and the issues they care about.
come out ready to take initiative in shaping the Jewish future in their communities, based on shared values.
feel empowered to speak out and advocate on behalf of themselves, the broader Jewish community, and the issues they care about.
deepen their personal connection to the local Jewish community and the broader Jewish world.
“What was really interesting to me was that the Changemakers program allowed for individuals not only to grow, but to grow into something that could help our Jewish community.”
--- Samantha Pear
CDC Foundation Case Investigator

the leadership journey

Three weeks of leadership development to jumpstart your lifelong journey as a Changemaker

week 01

the story of self focuses on personal and professional development

Core sessions and electives are guided by what we need to know about ourselves to succeed professionally, as a leader, and as a member of the global Jewish community.

Meet Joseph Vogel

Joseph is a graduate student at Harvard Kennedy pursuing his degree in public policy while running a free tutoring program aimed at helping at-home learners during the pandemic. He has always been involved in Jewish life - Jewish day school, BBYO, Hillel/Chabad - and continues to seek opportunities to stay connected to the community. When faced with challenges or choices, Joseph relies on his Jewish values to problem-solve and guide his decision-making. His long-term goal is to pursue a career in politics.
week 02

the story of us focuses on global Jewish leadership

Core sessions and electives are guided by how we connect with Israel and Jewish life around the globe, and what it means to be Jewish in an ever-changing landscape.

Meet Samantha Pear

Samantha currently works as a case investigator at the CDC foundation (the CDC’s nonprofit sector) in Arizona and is applying to get her master’s in public health. She has a profound interest in storytelling - learning about her community and Judaism through the experiences of those around her. She is passionate about service, having a voice, and pursuing growth opportunities in order to leave a positive mark on the world.
week 03

the story of now focuses on service and advocacy

Core sessions and electives are guided by how we can make meaningful change in our communities and the world at large.

Meet Jeff Singer

Jeff was inspired by Changemakers to pursue another fellowship opportunity in Boston working with About Fresh to address food insecurity and inaccessibility. He is currently applying to graduate programs in psychology with a desire to bring mental health services to underserved communities. He is focused on providing spaces for people to talk as much as they listen in order to really learn from each other and is driven to affect positive change in his community.