FAQ

I’m nebikesw to JOFEE and think it’s the best Jewish thing since sliced challah. I really want to get involved. Is the JOFEE Fellowship a good way to do that?

The JOFEE Fellowship is not designed for people who are looking for their first immersive JOFEE experience. We encourage you to participate in Adamah, Teva, Urban Adamah, or other JOFEE programs first, and welcome you to apply for the JOFEE Fellowship in the future.

I have a commitment through mid-March. Can I start the Fellowship late?

All JOFEE Fellows are expected to begin work placements no later than February 19, 2019; and participate full in the two week training seminar and orientation beginning March 5, 2019. If you have a minor conflict, please be in touch. Generally, candidates who are not able to commit to these dates will are not able to be considered for the Fellowship.

I already have a great JOFEE job I don’t want to leave! Can I still apply?

You’re so lucky! If you and your employer would like to apply together, allowing you to remain in your placement through the duration of the Fellowship year while receiving the benefits of the cohort and training, we welcome you to speak with your employer about applying as a host site and naming you as their nominee. More information can be found on the host sites page.

I want to be a Fellow, but I am older than 32. Can I still apply?

Hazon knows and appreciates that many extremely qualified and dedicated JOFEE educators who are committed to bringing JOFEE programming to their communities fall outside the 22-32 age range. The JOFEE Fellowship is specifically designed for emerging JOFEE professionals who are in the earlier stages of both life and career, including full-time professional placements (many requiring relocation) and training meant to help Fellows transition into longer-term professional work in the JOFEE field.
At Hazon, we value and prioritize intergenerational learning and celebration. We encourage you to come to a retreat or conference at Isabella Freedman or one of our regions, especially the JOFEE Network Gatheringjoin a bike ride; or bring JOFEE programming to your community using Hazon’s library of educational materials.

Is the JOFEE Fellowship a full-time job? Will I get time off?

JOFEE Fellows are expected to work a standard 35-40 hour workweek in their professional placements, which may include nights and weekends per your placement’s needs. In addition, Fellows are expected to attend all in-person seminars, and the majority of bimonthly webinars. Specific work schedule, vacation, sick days, etc. will be determined according to the policies and procedures of individual host institutions.

Do I have to be Jewish to be a JOFEE Fellow?

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.

Will I be able to observe my personal Jewish ritual practices as a JOFEE Fellow?

As employees at host placements, Fellows are able to observe their individual Jewish practices as they see fit. Host institutions are expected to make reasonable accommodations for diverse Jewish practices.

During JOFEE Fellowship training, Fellows gather daily for a variety of communal Jewish prayer experiences. Fellows are expected to join and “try on” all such sessions, particularly those that are new or different than prior experiences. Separate accommodations may be made as appropriate to allow for individual ritual practice in discussion with the Fellowship Director.

Is Hazon and/or the JOFEE Fellowship affiliated with a specific Jewish denomination / movement?

Hazon is not affiliated with any specific denominations or movements, and strives to work across the spectrum of Jewish observance, affiliation, and identity. The JOFEE Fellowship similarly strives to reach any and all Jewish communities striving to include JOFEE programming.

I am not a US citizen and/or don’t have US work authorization. Can I still apply?

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.

Who do I contact for more information?

If you have read through the website and have additional questions, please contact us at jofee@hazon.org