Applications are now available for the 2011-2012 Social Justice Fellowship (see the end of this post to obtain an application)!  NIF/SHATIL Social Justice Fellows spend 32 hours per week interning in an approved, individually-selected Israeli non-governmental organization (NGO), active in one of the following areas:

•Safeguarding civil and human rights
•Pursuing environmental justice
•Promoting Jewish-Arab equality
•Advancing the status of women
•Fostering tolerance and religious pluralism
•Bridging social and economic gaps

Additionally, Fellows engage in monthly enrichment programs and periodic site visits to further develop their understanding of Israel, Israeli activism, and their role as activists both in Israel and at home.  Fellows also receive training in leadership and community development.  Because Fellows intern full time in an Israeli NGO, successful applicants must have either excellent Hebrew language skills, or good Hebrew with strong Arabic skills.  Living expenses are covered by a modest stipend.  The Fellowship year runs from September 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012 and completed applications, including two letters of reference, are due on January 22, 2011.  Applicants should be college graduates by the start of the Fellowship year. Non US residents and Israeli permanent residents are not eligible to receive an NIF/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowship. 

Click here to apply: http://www.nif.org/assets/pdfs/SJF-2011-2012-Application.pdf
Completed applications are due January 22, 2011.  Please contact Sarah Lawson for any questions at fellowships@nif.org

About the Social Justice Fellowships
In 1997, the Nomi Fein Social Justice Fellowship was established by Nomi’s family after her sudden death at the age of 30.  Four years later, a second Social Justice fellowship was created to honor the life and memory of Rabbi Richard J. Israel.  In 2008, thanks to the generosity of NIF donors, the NIF/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowship was again expanded to its current size of five Fellows.