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Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming and Environmental Education (JOFEE) Fellowship

Fellowships to USA Individuals to Strengthen the Jewish
Connection to the Environment, Food, and the Outdoors

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Fellowships starting at $30,000 to USA individuals to work on projects that incorporate food, the outdoors, and the environment into Jewish communal service. The fellowships are made up of intensive training seminars, professional placements, mentors and professional development, and educator certifications.

JOFEE Fellows are expected to work a standard 35-40 hour workweek in their professional placements, which may include nights and weekends per their placement’s needs. In addition, Fellows are expected to attend all in-person seminars, and the majority of bi-monthly webinars.

JOFEE Fellows are full-time employees of their host institution. Fellows receive a minimum salary of $30,000 as well as employee benefits and health insurance. Specific allocation of work schedules, vacation, and sick leave are determined according to host institutions’ policies and procedures.

Fellows also receive tuition-free certification training. Travel costs for the in-person seminars are covered by Hazon.

Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements. Host institutions are encouraged to assist with this if possible.

Immersive Training Seminars

Fellows build their skills and knowledge in the core JOFEE disciplines (outdoors, food, farming, environment) – with a focus on successful program implementation at their host institution – through immersive training seminars with leading JOFEE educators and other professionals.

The fellowship year begins with a two-week intensive JOFEE training and orientation seminar at Hazon’s Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, CT. Faculty consist of both Hazon staff and expert practitioners from throughout the JOFEE world. Training content is an integrated blend of cohort-building and immersive nature experience, foundations in JOFEE, and best practices in program facilitation and planning.

Over the evolution of the first three cohorts, Hazon has augmented the training model through collaboration and consultation with cutting edge practitioners in outdoor, food, and environmental education, including Outward Bound, BEETLES: Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning, Expertise, and Sharing, and Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education and Policy. Each year Hazon continues to evolve and integrate best practices from both these and other secular practitioners and from those within the JOFEE field to prepare Fellows as best possible for their roles and responsibilities as JOFEE program professionals.

Fellows gather again for a midyear seminar and JOFEE Network Gathering (fall – exact dates and location change each year); and for the closing seminar and siyum (ceremony of completion) in mid-January (location varies).

Professional Placements at Host Institutions

Fellows work full-time throughout the program year in professional placements at host institutions in Jewish communities throughout the country. Fellows are placed at:

- JOFEE Organizations – about half of the Fellows are placed at existing JOFEE organizations to support programming, develop capacity, and learn from top practitioners.
- Jewish Communal Institutions – the other half are placed at Jewish institutions and organizations around the country with a communal Jewish education and engagement focus. These fellows are developing and implementing new JOFEE programs and initiatives to directly impact diverse users and address community needs. Example of these placements include JCCs, Synagogues, Jewish Federations, Jewish Camps, Jewish Day Schools, and new organizations in the Jewish innovation / start-up space.

All fellows are enlisted to organize, develop, and implement JOFEE programming at their host institutions. Specific skills, specialty areas, and professional interests are carefully considered during the matching process to ensure a strong fit between fellow and host institution.

Host organizations may also make direct nominations for well-qualified candidates. These may be existing employees or others in the organization’s network who are already in, or move into, a JOFEE-focused program role.

Mentorship and Continued Professional Development

All Fellows are paired with both a mentor/supervisor at their host institution and a mentor from the professional JOFEE community.

In addition, regular webinars (roughly once per month) allow Fellows to continue learning from Hazon faculty and other JOFEE practitioners. The Fellowship cohort also serves as a supportive and collaborative network for each other, and Fellows are each paired with a chevruta (learning partner) to offer peer-to-peer support and collaboration throughout the year.

Professional JOFEE Educator Certification

Professional JOFEE Educator Certification is granted upon active participation in all in-person seminars and submission of formal documentation of programs designed and implemented throughout the year. A final presentation demonstrating learning and growth – to be discussed in consultation with mentors and the JOFEE Fellowship Director – will be presented during the closing seminar. Additionally, Fellows who present particularly excellent curricula and projects are eligible to receive cash awards during the year and at the closing siyum for year-end awards.

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GrantWatch ID#: 161647

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Fellows receive a minimum salary of $30,000 as well as employee benefits and health insurance.

Term of Contract:

Cohort 4 of the JOFEE Fellowship cohort is expected to run from February 2019-January 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible JOFEE Fellowship candidates should have strong interest in furthering their training and professional development in the JOFEE field, and knowledge and experience working in at least one, but ideally a combination, of the following areas:
- Jewish education and/or Judaic studies
- Pedagogy/curriculum development and facilitation experience in experiential, place-based, and/or informal education
- Outdoor, food, farming and/or environment education.

- Professional work experience in a JOFEE setting; and/or successful completion of one or more immersive JOFEE experiences; and/or professional experience in a closely related field, such as Jewish education or (non-Jewish) outdoor, food, or environmental education, with the desire to obtain JOFEE-specific skills and experience;
- Experience working in communities composed of diverse backgrounds, ages, religious observance levels, and interests;
- Between the ages of 22-32 during the Fellowship year;
- Ability to navigate complex structures within Jewish communities and effectively engage community members and leaders in JOFEE programming;
- Undergraduate degree or comparable professional experience in a JOFEE-related field or program of study; and/or Masters degree or other advanced program of study in Jewish education, Jewish communal studies, or other fields closely related to the JOFEE sphere;
- Burning desire to strengthen Jewish connections to the outdoors, food, and the environment, complemented by the organizational skills, gumption, and tenacity to develop and implement a variety of JOFEE programming.

The JOFEE Fellowship is open to all candidates, regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, disability, marital status, and sexual orientation. Successful candidates will be expected to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in Jewish learning and practice in order to work as effective JOFEE Fellows.

At this time, Hazon is not able to sponsor work authorizations for Fellows. Applicants must have prior authorization to work in the US in order to participate.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for Fellow applications: October 5, 2018

After you fill out the application inquiry form, you will receive an email with a link to the the application summary for you to review and prepare your application, and a link to the online application form.

Well qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview with the JOFEE Fellowship Director. These may be conducted at the NY office for candidates in the NY area; or will be conducted online via video chat.

Successful applicants will move into the finalist stage by receiving a conditional acceptance to the JOFEE Fellowship, and will then move into matching.

Finalists will be connected to interview directly with open host placements, which may include both organizations who focus directly on JOFEE and/or Jewish institutions with a broader communal focus. When finalists have received and accepted an employment offer from a site placement, they will be sent final paperwork for acceptance into the JOFEE Fellowship to review and sign.

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