We prioritize constructing diverse cohorts that reflect the full make-up of global Jewish communities. This diversity ensures that our Fellows are representative of and equipped to lead the communities they serve. It also provides a space for our Fellows to connect productively and meaningfully across lines of difference, particularly around issues relating to Schusterman's core beliefs.
What do we mean by diverse cohorts?
The Schusterman Fellowship strives to build cohorts that reflect global Jewish communities, including a breadth of racial and ethnic identities, gender expressions, organizational representation, political and ideological opinions, nationalities, religious observance and more. We expect Fellows and prospective applicants to have already begun learning and understanding their situational contexts and how they interact with and are perceived by others.
What do we mean by connecting across lines of difference?
Amid increasing polarization in the Jewish community and beyond, we believe that the ability to engage meaningfully across difference is a necessity for impactful leaders. To strengthen their skills in this area, all Fellows are expected to practice engaging with and facilitating productive discussions around complex issues during their time in the Fellowship.
What are Schusterman’s core beliefs?
Schusterman Family Philanthropies works in the United States to advance racial, gender and economic equity, as well as joyful and inclusive Jewish communities. We also work to strengthen Israel as a secure homeland for the Jewish people, a thriving democracy and an inclusive civil society. Our curriculum centers these beliefs to contribute to transforming and sustaining Jewish nonprofits and Israeli civil society. While we do not expect Fellows to align with all of Schusterman Family Philanthropies’ beliefs, we do expect all Fellows to recognize that these beliefs are central to our programming.
Learn more about Schusterman’s mission and values