Mentor Kol Koleinu Fellows

Are you interested in making a difference in the life of a teen feminist?

Moving Traditions recently selected 50 fellows to participate in the Meyer-Gottesman Kol Koleinu fellowship, our year-long program offered in collaboration with NFTY and in partnership with USY, to help them explore and deepen their Jewish feminist knowledge, channel their voices to share their beliefs, and express a call to action.

As part of the fellowship, fellows hone their skills by creating a tangible project with the ultimate goal of creating change around a feminist issue in their communities. Fellowship projects are as varied as the interests of our fellows. Past projects have included creating an inclusive LGBTQ+ language lesson for high school educators; hosting a panel about gender equity in education and the workplace; creating a volunteer opportunity for teens to work with immigrant children as their parents take English classes; and much more.

This is where you come in. Moving Traditions is seeking passionate and talented adult mentors interested in social change and from a variety of backgrounds to support our Kol Koleinu fellows.

Mentors are asked to be a supportive cheerleader for the fellows, share your valuable skills and advice, and hold them accountable to their project timelines (to the best of your ability), as well as check in with Moving Traditions staff monthly to debrief the mentorship. Mentors will give but will also gain a lot – connection, purpose, the opportunity to make a difference. The mentor commitment is up to two hours each month from December through May, most likely on nights and weekends by phone or video call. Mentors will also be invited to join us virtually for a matching mixer to meet the teens, a mentor training, and the final presentation.  Please note that while we have a small budget for honoraria, we are grateful for volunteers.

In your application, let us know the skills and experience you have to share with a young activist. Please note that due to the specific skills, experience, and backgrounds required by the matching process, we will not be able to match every mentor applicant this year. Mentor applicants are encouraged to apply annually to support the fellows and their projects, as they change from year to year.

Our 2023-2024 mentor application cycle has closed. Please check back next fall for the 2024-2025 Kol Koleinu mentor application.

Important Dates:

  • Oct 12, 2023: Application Launch
  • Nov 9, 2023: Applications Close.
  • Nov 13, 2023: Acceptance Emails go out
  • Dec 17, 2023, at 3 – 5 p.m. ET / 12 – 2 p.m. PT: Mentor Training and Mentor-Fellow Match Day
  • Jan 29, 2024, at 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET OR 8 – 9 p.m. ET (choose one): Mid-Year Mentor Check-Ins
  • May 5, 2024, at 7 – 8:30 p.m. ET / 4 – 5:30 p.m. PT: Closing Celebration

Please refer any questions about the mentorship program to