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 brings 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 meets monthly through virtual meetings where participants learn from and teach one another. Two additional in-person workshops 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 is proud to be finishing up our first cohort! Please email email@example.com for more information.
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 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. While this fellowship is titled Kol Isha, we welcome all Jewish teen feminists to explore their voices and use their activism to explore issues created in our society by gender socialization and inequality.
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 learning with feminist & Jewish leaders
- Opportunities to create published online content
- Expert mentoring in a small-group setting
**This fee is for the 2017-2018 program year. Details for the 2018-2019 year will be determined soon.
Please email us with any questions. We will happily work with you to ensure that price is not a barrier to participation.
Applications for the 2018-2019 cohort are not yet open. If you're interested or want to learn more, 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. She currently serves on Planned Parenthood of NYC's Activist Council.
September 15-17, 2017: Kol Isha Kickoff at The Dana Gershon and Rabbi Jonah Pesner Northeast Leadership Summit
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
Dates for the 2018-2019 year will be determined soon.
All participants will have the opportunity to create online content about their projects, learnings and experiences to be published online and shared more widely.
Feminist Field Trips
During the second half of the year, we will give our fellows the opportunity to plan their own feminist field trips in New York City.
These opportunities will be planned 3-6 weeks in advance, giving our fellows the opportunity to identify events, exhibits and content they want to explore together—for example, they may choose to organize a trip to a screening of a feminist documentary or a visit to an exhibit at the Jewish History Museum. These opportunities, while not required, will give our teens the chance to bond, learn, and experience relevant cultural events together.
North American-Wide Peer-Learning Sessions
During Year 1 of Kol Isha, our fellows expressed that while they were grateful to learn from each other, they wanted to share the important work they were doing with a greater community. We will therefore choose some of our teaches to host as public webinars, accessible to participants of all NFTY regions & Moving Traditions groups across North America.
We are excited that this opportunity will enable other teens' to share in our fellows' learning and that our Kol Isha teens will have the opportunity to teach others from across the US and Canada.
NFTY NAR Albany Advocacy Day
Our participants will have the option of attending Albany Advocacy Day, where they can learn advocacy & lobbying skills and lobby on a bill related to their Jewish feminist values. While this will not be required, it has been a great component to foster further teamwork and activism among our fellows.