The Joel Daner Yachad Communal Fellowship (JDYCF) aims to shape emerging leaders who plan to go into careers in social work, psychology, medicine, education, not-for-profit management, development, public relations, policy planning or organizational leadership; or those who hope to serve the broad Jewish community in a lay leadership capacity.

Yachad is seeking outstanding post-college graduates who want to learn, grow and contribute to an innovative, thriving, and dynamic human rights organization that has been on the cutting edge of disability inclusion for the last 30 years. Candidates must be thoughtful and concerned about the broader Jewish community. Applicants must be able to think flexibly and creatively and also be interested in ‘doing.’

This year-long Fellowship, in the intersection of the Jewish community and the disability inclusion movement, will support the Fellows’ development in working as part of a dynamic multidisciplinary team aimed to meet the social and inclusion needs of Jewish individuals with diverse disabilities. This includes, but is not limited to, Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental challenges, deaf and hard of hearing, physical disabilities, and medical health and mental health needs.


Fellows will function as a full member of Yachad’s staff. Fellows will be assigned a primary mentor—a staff member under whose tutelage and guidance they will directly carry out their diverse range of duties within the agency. Additional mentors will provide integrated training and experiential opportunities in other areas as needed. Together, the mentoring team will offer opportunities for the Fellow to acquire proficiency in disability culture and Jewish organizational leadership.  In addition, each Fellow will have a monthly meeting with Yachad’s International Director, and additional staff forums.


The ideal applicant should have a strong interest in social services and disability advocacy. Applicants may be on any career path such as social work or may be choosing to spend a “gap year” before continuing on in a career such as medicine, law, education, or business. Candidates must also be concerned about and dedicated to the global Jewish community. We are looking for a focused and motivated individual who possesses a vision for what they want to accomplish and the drive to perform. Our goal is to provide our fellows with the opportunity and guidance to establish, develop, and implement a plan that will create a lasting impact on Yachad and the global Jewish community.

Yachad will offer the following placement locations:

  • Headquarters in New York City focusing on Community Leadership
  • IVDU School in Brooklyn, NY focusing on Education
  • DayHab in Brooklyn, NY focusing on Direct Care
  • New Jersey Yachad in Teaneck, NJ focusing on Community Leadership or Direct Care
  • New England Yachad in Brookline, MA focusing on Community Leadership
  • Yachad Israel in Jerusalem focusing on Community Leadership
  • Chicago Yachad in Skokie, IL focusing on Community Leadership
  • Long Island Yachad, focusing on Direct Care and Education

Fellowship Dates: September 2019 – June 2020 (start and end date flexible)

Application Requirements:

  • Post College
  • Strong GPA (minimum: 3.2; must provide transcript or notarized letter from university confirming GPA)
  • Personal statement
  • Statement of Career Goals
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Copy of Transcript
  • Resume
  • Photo
  • Additional relevant information
  • Personal interview (by invitation)

Application Deadline: March 22, 2019