Naomi Chazan Fellowship


The Naomi Chazan Fellowship is a year-long program that begins with a subsidized, 10-day study tour. To kick off the program, Canadian participants join fellow change-makers in their 20s and 30s from the UK, Australia, and the U.S. in an on-the-ground exploration of social issues in Israel and the Occupied Territories. They return home and work to engage Canadian Jewry on the issues, as well as taking part in leadership seminars, and connecting with a global network of young Jewish progressives.


Meet our 2018-2019 fellows!


The Fellowship is subsidized by donors in the NIFC community. If selected, participants pay or raise $450 to cover the study tour, seminars, and their projects. (We have also accepted  limited seats for participants who wish to join only the study tour. See our Frequently Asked Questions below.)

For more details contact Leah Breslow at


Responses from a previous cohort of international Naomi Chazan Fellows:

Frequently Asked Questions


Who is the fellowship intended for?

This first 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.


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.


Can I go on the trip, without being a Fellow?

Yes, if you cannot make the year-long commitment to being a Fellow and can pay the unsubsidized cost of the study tour, we will accept a limited number of participants on the study tour. The full cost of the study tour is $2,700 plus airfare.

To be considered, submit your application and indicate that you are interested in the trip only. Contact Leah Breslow at with any questions.


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. Pastt years’ itineraries have included:

* 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 is the application process and timeline?

May 6 – Applications are due

Mid-May – Interviews are held

Late May – Final Fellows are chosen and announced


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.” – 2017-2018 fellow

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.” – 2017-2018 fellow

“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 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.” – 2017-2018 Fellow


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 new Canadian Fellowship.

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