Grace Paley Organizing Fellowship

The Grace Paley Organizing Fellowship (GPOF) is JFREJ’s flagship Leadership Development program, an 8-month long fellowship for 9-12 Jews with a sustained commitment to Jewish social justice movements and a desire to explore community organizing. Currently, the fellowship cohort is for Jews of Color, Mizrahi Jews, Jews raised poor or working class, and Jews with disabilities. Learn more about the fellowship, and find out how to apply.

About the Grace Paley Organizing Fellowship

The fellows explore issues such as antisemitism and racism, cultural organizing, feminist leadership, Mizrahi history, and organizing strategies through workshops and hands on activities. At multiple day-long gatherings, and opening and closing retreats. fellows learn how to plan and lead a social justice campaign, and practice the skills necessary for our movements to win.

The Grace Paley Organizing Fellowship is at the heart of JFREJ’s commitment to bringing voices from the edges of the Jewish community to the center of our work. For the past three fellowship cycles, the GPOF cohort was made up entirely of Jews of Color, Mizrahi & Sephardi Jews, Jews raised poor or working class, and Jews with disabilities. The cohort is diverse in other ways as well — it’s intergenerational, and reflects different levels of Jewish observance.

In the 10 years since the fellowship began, GPOF fellows have infused JFREJ with new energy and new ideas and are transforming the Jewish community and the social justice landscape. In addition to the many JFREJ staff and board members who are graduates of the program, fellows have gone on to make an impact across many social movements. Just a few of the positions held by GPOF graduates include New York State Senator, New York Program Director of Avodah, Executive Director of the Third Wave Fund, Executive Director of Tenants & Neighbors, Co-Director of the Advocacy Institute, Online Campaigns Manager for the ACLU, Development Manager at Communities United For Police Reform, and Arts & Cultural Heritage Program Associate at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.