Kumi Application

Kumi: An Anti-Oppression Teen Leadership Experience

Kumi is a unique opportunity for Jewish teens (11th and 12th graders) to help prepare them for bold leadership and activism on college campuses, in social justice spaces, and wherever else their passions take them. Participants of the program will be equipped to interrupt racism, antisemitism, and other manifestations of oppression. Together, they will contribute to the building of more inclusive communities and movements for justice as Jews.

Kumi participants will engage in a two-part experience: a four-day, in-person learning-intensive retreat and a monthly virtual community of practice. 

Learn more about the details of the program.

Now Accepting Applications

Learn about eligibility and submit your application by midnight on January 15, 2023*:

*Moving Traditions cares about teen wellbeing. In recognition of competing college application deadlines, if you need an additional week or two to submit your Kumi application, please request an extension.

Program Eligibility

You are eligible to apply to Kumi if:

  • You identify as Jewish. Kumi is open to teens of all (and no) denominations and affiliations.
  • You are in 11th or 12th grade for the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • You are concerned about racism and antisemitism and want to join others to make a difference
  • You want to challenge yourself to learn and grow in a justice-minded Jewish community
  • You can attend the entire in-person retreat in Chicago, IL on March 23-26, 2023 and are committed to attending monthly virtual session through June 2023.

Not eligible for our first cohort? Sign up to be notified when our application opens for the next cohort.

Program Fee

The fee to participate in Kumi is $450*, which includes:

  • Valuable leadership and anti-oppression skill-building within a community of young Jews
  • Room and board for a four-day, in-person retreat
  • Transportation to the retreat from the Chicago area
  • Three virtual community of practice sessions

Travel to Chicago is not included. Financial assistance is available, including travel subsidies. Financial resources should not be a barrier to participation, and requests for stipends can be made upon acceptance and registration.

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*Moving Traditions cares about teen wellbeing. In recognition of competing college application deadlines, if you need an additional week or two to submit your Kumi application, please request an extension.


Funding Partners

Kumi is made possible by support from the Shards of Light Foundation through the Isabel P. Dunst Philanthropic Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington