Translating to "voices of women," Kol Isha invites young Jewish feminists of all genders to explore and deepen their feminist knowledge, channel their voices to share their beliefs, and use their skills to create tangible change in their communities.
Open to Jewish high school students from the New York Area, this year-long fellowship will bring together teens to learn about gender analysis, feminism and social change, to use their expertise to teach their peers, and to ultimately complete mentor-advised projects that share their learning and leadership with greater New York Jewish communities.
The program will begin with intensive, in-person programming at The Dana Gershon and Rabbi Jonah Pesner Northeast Leadership Summit in September. During the year, the group will hold monthly virtual meetings where participants will learn from and teach one another. Two additional in-person workshops will happen mid-year to introduce participants to mentors, and at the end of the year to culminate the program and celebrate our work.
Kol Isha applications for the 2017-2018 cohort will be accepted through the first week of September 2017.
Throughout this weekend and our first virtual sessions, participants will learn about fundamentals of feminism including feminist theory, history, and gender analysis, and will begin to explore activist leadership and models of social change.
During these middle months, fellows will explore a broad range of topics based on their own feminist passions, and will hone their teaching skills and gain understanding by doing.
Fellows will additionally have the opportunity to blog about their learnings and create online content that allows them to share their knowledge and voices with a greater audience.
Examples of potential topics Include: Feminism & Jewish traditions, economic equality, gender’s impact on teen culture, feminism throughout Jewish history, body image, gender representation in politics, gender socialization within the Jewish culture, and intersectionality & Judaism.
Examples of potential projects include: social justice campaigns, educational events, events for programming for middle school-aged students, creation of toolkits for congregations, conducting a gender-analysis
Kol Isha: The Voices of Women
(pronounced like "coal ee-shah")
Historically, the voices of women have been quieted in Jewish tradition. Her views aren't found in the majority of our sacred text and her prayers are hushed in order to not disturb the men's concentration. This program is about reclaiming the voice of women - the power we bring when we unite, and our ability to make change in our lives and in the world.
NFTY-NAR is thrilled to welcome teens to be a part of the Kol Isha Fellowship as an opportunity for engagement in Reform Jewish social justice and interest-based skill development. We are excited for teens to participate in Kol Isha: NY Teen Feminist Fellowship as a year-long intensive program that runs side-by-side with other NFTY events and programming. Fellows will be invited to attend events, and encouraged to share their work with our greater community of Reform Jewish teens, but will not be required to participate in specific NFTY programming.
- $250 Tuition to the The Dana Gershon and Rabbi Jonah Pesner Northeast Leadership Summit
- 2 In-person meetings throughout the year and end-of-year culmination
- Opportunities to participate in supplementary webinars with Feminist & Jewish Leaders
- Opportunities to create published online content
- Expert mentoring in a small-group setting
Please email us with any questions. We will happily work with you to ensure that price is not a barrier to participation.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until September 2017.
For more information please contact Imogene Winkleman, NFTY NAR Regional Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Imogene graduated from Clark University in 2015 with a B.A. in Women's & Gender Studies and Psychology. Before becoming NFTY NAR Regional Advisor, Imogene worked in government relations for The Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services and served as an Activist Alliance Volunteer for the National Organization of Women's NYC Chapter (NOW-NYC). She has been running feminist youth programs, primarily focused on female empowerment and healthy self-image, since she was in high school, including overseeing Clark's All Kind of Girls program in college. Imogene has additionally worked with many feminist non-profits including Catalyst and Girls Inc. of Westchester.
Week of October 18, 2017: Monthly Virtual Meeting via Zoom (6:00 – 8:30)
Week of November 15, 2017: Monthly Meeting via Zoom (6:00 – 8:30)
Week of December 13, 2017: Monthly Meeting via Zoom (6:00 – 8:30)
Week of January 17, 2018: Monthly Meeting via Zoom (6:00 – 8:30)
Week of February 11, 2018: In-Person Meeting at NFTY NAR Winter Cabinet & Leadership Meeting in NYC
Week of March 11-12, 2018: NFTY NAR Albany Advocacy Day (optional)
Week of March 14, 2018: Monthly Meeting via Zoom (6:00 – 8:30)
Week of March 25, 2018: In-Person Meeting at NFTY NAR Winter Cabinet & Leadership Meeting in NYC
Week of April 11, 2018: Monthly Meeting via Zoom (6:00 – 8:30)
Week of May 12, 2018: Culmination at NFTY NAR NY Teen Leadership Summit in NYC