Kumi Application

Kumi: An Anti-Oppression Teen Leadership Experience is a unique opportunity for Jewish teens (10th, 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. 

Questions? Learn more about the details of the program.

2023 Applications are Closed

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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 10th, 11th, or 12th grade for the 2023-2024 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 November 10-13, 2023
  • You are committed to attending a monthly virtual session from August 2023-May 2024

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

Program Fee

The fee to participate in Kumi is $500*, 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
  • Eight 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.

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