Apply to Cohort 15

The full group at the Selah Network Gathering 2015. Photo credit: Emily Goodstein.

Selah Cohort 15: Jewish Leaders of Color

Selah is accepting applications for our 15th Cohort, due October 16th, 2017. Apply Here

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Like social change, leadership is about engaging others, sustaining and cultivating communities and movements, inspiring others to give their best, and fulfilling your vision and your organization's mission.

Bend the Arc’s Selah Leadership Program is designed for Jewish social justice leaders working in Jewish and secular contexts. Selah provides unparalleled training for leaders, new tools to enhance your vision and facilitate organizational change, and the opportunity to learn among some of the nation's most innovative and inspiring Jewish social change leaders. After all, no social justice leader works alone.

The application process, ongoing through October 16, 2017, is highly competitive and open to Jews interested in exploring the connections between leadership, social justice and Jewish identity.

Cohort 15

Applications are now being accepted for the next cohort of Selah. For the second time, this cohort will be focused on training self-identified Jewish Leaders of Color, which could include Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews.The process is highly competitive and open to Jewish Leaders of Color interested in exploring the connections between leadership, social justice and Jewish identity. Applications will be accepted through October 16, 2017.

This cohort will not only be a powerful space for the participants to deepen their leadership skills and build community, but is part of Bend the Arc’s commitment to being part of a broader movement to counter systemic patterns of racism in the Jewish community (including our own organization) and the country.

Applications will be accepted through October 16, 2017.

Applicants should save the following dates.

Attendance in all sessions is required for the program.

Training 1: Sunday, January 7 - Thursday, January 11, 2018
Brandeis Bardin Retreat Center, Brandeis CA

Training 2: Monday, June 25 - Thursday, June 28, 2018
Location TBD, East Coast

What are the criteria for eligibility?

  • Must be a social change leader of color working or playing a significant volunteer leadership role in a Jewish organization, OR;  A social change leader of color with a Jewish identity working or playing a significant volunteer leadership role in a non-Jewish or secular social change organization
  • Demonstrated effective leadership with a minimum of seven years of experience in the social justice sector
  • Position of influence within your organization or organizing network
  • Work requiring collaboration with others, and/or supervision
  • Religious, cultural, or other Jewish identity that informs your social change work
  • Commitment to personal growth
  • Desire to be part of a group learning environment and intentional network

What kind of Jew do I need to be?

Participants in Selah come from a diverse range of Jewish knowledge, background and experience. Some participants have little to no knowledge of Judaism, practices or ritual, others come with rabbinical degrees. Some identify as secular Jews, some as cultural Jews, others as religious Jews. What unites Selah participants is their shared interest in exploring the connections between their work for justice, leadership and Judaism. This range and representation of Jewish leadership creates a more expansive picture of what leadership means, where it happens, and who qualifies as a Jewish social justice leader.

How much does Selah cost

The true cost of the Selah Leadership Program is over $7,000 per participant.  Thanks to the generosity of our supporters and funders, including the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Jews of Color Field-Building Fund*, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Grossberg Abrams Foundation, Mandel-Rodis Fund and Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation, we are able to offer Selah on a sliding scale from $600 - $1500, based on your organization's or individual budget. This cost includes room, board, materials and training for all 9 full days of the program.  It does not include travel. Selah is a professional development program and therefore, we encourage organizations that an individual works for or represents pay for the program, rather than an individual. We can provide additional documentation to help secure professional development time or funding from one's organization. In circumstances where an organization or the individual is unable to cover the cost of participation, we have additional funding available to ensure that cost alone is not a barrier to participation in the program.

NOTE: If your organization will not cover tuition, please be in touch. We have a different price scale based on income and are committed to working with you to make participation possible.

*A collaborative fund made possible with the support of the Leichtag Foundation, Jim Joseph Foundation, and the Walter and Elise Haas, Sr. Fund

Selah Leadership Program Sliding Scale Tuition

If your organization is covering tuition and the annual budget is:

Selah Tuition

$0 < $499,999


$500,000 - $999,000


$1,000,00 - $4,999,999


$5,000,000 - $9,999,999


$10,000,000 and up


How do I apply?

Candidates may submit applications online at

In addition to basic information and answering a number of questions, the application requires two letters of recommendation from people who know your leadership:  one from inside your organization and one from outside.

October 16, 2017                    Application deadline

November 20, 2017        Applicants are notified of their acceptance status

What are the requirements and time expectations for my participation in a Selah Cohort?

Due to the intensive nature of the training and Selah's focus on building a cohesive learning community, participants must be able to attend all trainings in full. In addition, Selah cohort members complete monthly homework assignments and meet with a small team of 2 to 3 people to reflect on weekly homework assignments (a total of 2 to 4 hours each month), and participate in a monthly peer-coaching and learning call (1-1.5 hours/month).  In total, the average time commitment per month is between 3 to 6 hours.