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Hadassah Leadership Fellows FAQ

What is the Hadassah Leadership Fellows program?

Hadassah Leadership Fellows (HLF) is a leadership engagement program designed to inspire and cultivate future leaders by offering Fellows opportunities to grow and lead; to perform volunteer work for Hadassah and the larger community; and to acquire life-enhancing professional skills that will have a positive impact on every facet of the Fellows lives.

Why was the Hadassah Leadership Fellows established?

In the earlier 20th century, volunteerism was an accepted practice. Today, this reality has changed with the increasing numbers of women who have entered the workforce full-time as well as the myriad of volunteer opportunities available today. The result is a lack of young, Jewish professional women who can become its future leaders and successors. In response to this challenge, Hadassah is creating the Hadassah Leadership Fellows, to help establish a new volunteer experience for professional women to effect change in the world through actions.

What are the programmatic components of the Hadassah Leadership Fellows program?

Fellows will participate in 4 in-person programmatic components during Year 1 of the program: (*dates are approximate and subject to change)

December 8, 2013: Experience Hadassah's Impact—Past and Present. This program orientation will take place at the Center for Jewish History, NY. NY

*March 23-29, 2014: See Hadassah's Impact—Fellows Mission to Israel. Fellows will get an inside look at Hadassah projects in Israel. The mission will concentrate on four themes: Women's Health and Medical Research; Venture Capitalism; Public Policy; Social Justice

July 2014: Choose Your Impact— Content Seminar. Interactive seminar with leading experts in HLF thematics

*October 26-27, 2014: Voice Your Impact—Advocacy Experience in Washington D.C. Meet and engage members of Congress and hear up-to-the-minute briefings on issues of concern to American Jewish Women

During Year 2 of the HLF, Fellows will financially contribute a minimum of $1800.00 and participate on Impact Boards creating Hadassah vehicles of change. In addition to the financial commitment of each Fellow, Hadassah will give each Impact Board seed money to effect change or pilot a program of their choice.

The impact boards will focus on: Women's Health and Medical Research; Venture Capitalism and Investments; Women in Public Policy; and Social Justice/Global Humanitarianism, allowing the Fellows to apply their training into actions. The Impact Boards will be comprised of one-third Fellows, one-third Hadassah leaders and one-third experts.

How many Hadassah Leadership Fellows will be selected for the program?

We will select between 30 Fellows to join the first class of Hadassah Leadership Fellows and a second class of 30 Fellows in 2015.

When does the Hadassah Leadership Fellows program start?

The program begins with our Kickoff Orientation in New York City, December 8, 2013.

How much do I pay for tuition?

There are no tuition fees. HLF is Hadassah's investment in American
Jewish Women. Fellows will be asked to become a Life Member of Hadassah and make a minimum $1800 contribution to be directed and used by the Impact Board of the Fellow's choice during Year 2 of the program.

How can I apply to become a Hadassah Leadership Fellow?

Visit www.hadassah.org/fellows. Pre-Applications are being accepted now through October 1, 2013.

What qualifications do I need to become a Hadassah Leadership Fellow?

You will have strong strategic thinking abilities, with the capacity and desire to share the experience and represent Hadassah to a broader constituency; a desire to participate in community organizations; a strong willingness to fully participate and engage in this program that will shape Hadassah's Second Century agenda; and a community presence and network upon which to capitalize in the future.

Do I need recommendation letters?

Not during the pre-application process. Candidates who pass the initial screening will be required to provide at two to three names and contact details. If you are shortlisted, however, we may ask for written recommendation letters.

How are interviews conducted?

Candidates who pass the initial screening will be invited to online interviews with the Hadassah Leadership Fellows selection committee. In addition, you will be required to take the Predictive Index, EXPLANATION TK.

Once I apply, when can I expect to be informed of the status of my application?

You will receive an email from our selection team confirming receipt of your application. You will be contacted to invite you for an interview or to inform you that your application has been unsuccessful.

Where can I submit additional questions?

Email any additional questions to leadershipfellows@hadassah.org.

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