The William Frankel Fellowship is a once in a lifetime experience. The programme aims to integrate the participants within Israeli society, focusing on areas of Social Justice. This opportunity enables an elite cadre of post-university Jewish professionals to spend 10 months immersed in the movement for social change in Israel. These Fellowships, which include a modest stipend, place young Jewish activists in Israeli NGOs for a year of in-depth contribution and learning.
This programme, which honours the life of the late Jewish Chronicle editor, William Frankel, seeks to nurture and secure the future generation of social change leaders from outside Israel, through an internship in Israel. As William Frankel revolutionised The Jewish Chronicle, so could our fellows transform the landscape of their communities - reflecting his dynamic personality and his desire to challenge the status quo.
NIF International has a long history in Fellowship programming. 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 honour 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 annually. Similarly, The William Frankel Fellows, who are the first UK envoys, will act as agents of social change, actively pursuing social justice to contribute to a just, democratic, and equitable society in Israel.
The 2012 - 2013 NIF/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowship was launched in July 2012. Lucy Newman became the latest Fellow, just as she was completing her Masters of Philosophy in Modern Society and Global Transformations at Cambridge University. In Israel, Lucy has been working with Amnesty on research and international advocacy in the refugee rights department. She has helped develop a strategy and partners for international advocacy. In addition, she has been teaching English to a group of Eritrean refugee women.
In 2011 - 12, we secured funding for two UK Fellows. Elinor Tamir, who worked first with NIF grantee organisation, the Bereaved Families Forum, and then with Arhous Elbahar, a women's organisation in Jaffa working to empower local Arab women. Inaugural fellow, Keren Simons, returned for a second Fellowship year, to work with SHATIL in the Negev.
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