Naomi Chazan Fellowship

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“This trip was beautifully, intentionally designed, and everyone in the cohort enriched my life and experience. It was a dream to travel and learn from such smart, dynamic young professionals part of the global Jewish diaspora.” – past fellow

The Naomi Chazan Fellowship is a year-long program that begins with a subsidized, nine-day study tour in Israel (due to COVID-19, the trip, and the dates of the fellowship are postponed). Two dozen changemakers in their 20s and 30s from Canada, the UK, Australia, and the US join an immersive experience to explore social issues in Israel and the Occupied Territories. Fellows return home and work to engage our communities on these issues, take part in leadership seminars, and become part of a global network of young Jewish progressives.

The Naomi Chazan Fellowship is in its fifth year – and only the third year that Canadians in their 20s and 30s can participate. We will be accepting applications from people in the Greater Toronto Area.

Got questions? Contact Leah Breslow at


Click here to see photos from the 2019 Naomi Chazan Fellowship trip to Israel. 

Meet our 2019 fellows:Naomi Chazan Fellows 2019 - Jon, Cheryl, and Robbie

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the fellowship for?

The upcoming 2020-2021 cohort of the fellowship is open to people in their 20s and 30s from the Greater Toronto Area who can demonstrate a commitment to NIFC’s vision and values, as well as a desire to spend a year of volunteerism advancing a just, equal, democratic and pluralistic Israel.

What does being a Fellow entail?

Following the trip and throughout the year, fellows will be required to take action in their local communities with New Israel Fund of Canada. Fellows commit to develop projects that build support for the issues they are passionate about such as community events, Shabbat dinners, public programs, and others. We’re looking forward to seeing fellows become NIFC ambassadors in the broader community, “speaking out” on issues relating to their passions and on issues related to the work of NIFC such as social justice, human rights, religious freedom and shared society in Israel.

The fellows will take part in one seminar each quarter, for a total of 3 seminars. Fellows will also be invited to briefings and trainings for NIFC’s wider leadership. Fellows will work individually or collaboratively on a project each quarter. Fellows will also participate in a few additional NIFC events such as salons, fellowship meet-ups, or attending other fellows’ events. Fellows will have monthly check-ins with the Fellowship coordinator. 

What is New Gen?

New Generations is an open and vibrant community of young professionals, social activists, community leaders, and students in their 20s and 30s who are committed to the work of the New Israel Fund.

Do I need to already be involved in NIFC to apply?

No previous participation in the New Israel Fund of Canada is required.

What is involved in the study tour?

The tour is a unique opportunity to meet with Israeli leaders from all sectors of society who are progressive changemakers. Here are examples from past years’ itineraries:

  • Meeting with Bedouin communities in southern Israel
  • Touring Hebron with former soldiers and peace activists
  • Hearing from Africans seeking asylum in Israel
  • Hands-on workshops with community organizers
  • Touring East Jerusalem with community leaders
  • Happy hour with young human rights lawyers
  • Briefings with Members of Knesset

What do past fellows say about their experience?

“Thank you for investing in me and helping me witness what I needed to witness in order to stand on the right side of history from here going forward.”

“I slowly came to understand how we could use our privilege and our global outreach to engage our peers in conversation. Only with the optimism embodied by every one of NIF’s trustees, can we find the confidence to speak out.”

“This trip was life changing, and challenging. Growth means pain, and upon returning to work this morning, it is clear that I am changed. I am also more clear about my own values, what drives my own activism, my place in the “left”, my dreams for Israel, and my passion for this work.”

“The most inspiring part of the trip for me was meeting many people who grapple with nuance and contradiction and difficulty every single day but who do not let cognisance of complexity paralyse them.”

Who is Naomi Chazan?

Born in Jerusalem during the British mandate era, Professor Naomi Chazan is synonymous with an Israel that defends human rights, promotes equality and seeks a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Naomi’s commitment to building an Israel as envisioned by the Declaration of Independence has been seen in her roles as a former Deputy Speaker for the Knesset for Meretz, a senior Israeli academic, activist for women’s rights, and former President of the New Israel Fund.

Naomi’s years of service and dedication to social justice, peace and tolerance, are the perfect inspiration for NIFC’s Canadian new gen fellowship.

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