What does the program look like?

The 2020 Jeremiah Fellowship will run from April to August, 2020. The cohort will be comprised of smaller groups of fellows from cities across the country (see 2020 cities here). Each city-based group will gather together no less than twice a month in person for training and support from Bend the Arc staff via online webinars.

The fellowship will have a 3-day opening retreat outside of Washington, DC from April 30 through May 3, 2020, and a 2-day closing retreat at the end of August, 2020 (location and dates TBD). These in-person retreats are mandatory, and will be an opportunity for in depth training and community building with the entire national cohort and Bend the Arc staff.

Once per month, the entire cohort will participate in a national workshop session with the Jeremiah Fellowship Program Manager. This will be an opportunity for training, discussion, and relationship building related to social justice, Judaism, and organizing. These sessions are mandatory for all fellows (precise dates will reflected on the program calendar when applications open).

Each city-based group of fellows will also have one online meeting per month with a National Organizer from Bend the Arc. These sessions will be scheduled each month, and are an opportunity for fellows to receive deeper coaching and support for their local organizing work.

In between these meetings, fellows are also expected to develop and build strong leadership teams and engage in impactful organizing work locally. For each city this work may vary, but will be connected to Bend the Arc’s larger priorities to fight white nationalism, stand in solidarity with immigrants, Muslims, and other targeted communities, to advance racial justice, and do related campaign work on domestic issues.

The total time commitment to the fellowship is approximately 20-25 hours/month.