Our mission is to grant Jewish students from different cultural backgrounds opportunities to come together. Bridging the Gap seeks to bridge the divide between Jewish cultural groups by incorporating Hillel’s core Jewish values: Chesed (kindness), Tikun Olam (Repair the world), Tzedaka (charity), Jewish Identity and Israel. Every event we facilitate embodies the theme of unity; embracing our differences and realizing that we are one people, with one mission, and one purpose.
“Bridging the Gap” Fellowship – is your chance to help us build a lasting and effective partnership between the NYC Hillels and our communities. The fellowship is creating a community of dedicated college students and narrowing divisions between diverse cultures of Jewish students. Bridging the Gap has served the Russian, American, orthodox, and conservative communities, helping students open lines of communication not otherwise possible.
Project of Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College funded by UJA-Federation of New York
When students become part of this leadership experience, they’ll be meeting new people, interacting with key professionals and philanthropists, gaining valuable experience, helping them in the future. In addition to professional experience they will receive a $1000 stipend.
During the spring semester, Bridging the Gap fellows are expected to attend one general interest meeting followed by three programming meetings. They will also organize two large city-wide events based on their own ideas and planning desires, incorporating Hillel’s underlying core Jewish values.
Each student leader will gain a portfolio of experience through their responsibilities which include:
• Generating interest for the initiative,
• Contacting students and active members from their universities
• Publicizing events
• Creating Social Media initiatives
Bridging the Gap’s dynamic summer programming consists of two events hosted and facilitated by the student fellows. These events produced for current and prospective students in New York City to give them a diverse taste of “summer in the city.” The themes explored will reflect the work done by the student fellowship board
During the fall semester, interns will return to the respective campuses with an “event planning & coaching certificate” through Bridging the Gap.
Fellows will assist Hillel staff and student board to plan and promote two large scale city-wide events bringing their new experiences and leadership skills to their local communities.
Become a part of Bridging the Gap: Unite and build a diverse, cohesive Jewish community.
For more information, email Tanya Gutsol at firstname.lastname@example.org
Citywide events director
BRIDGING THE GAP FELLOWSHIP
May 2015 - June 2016
We’re looking for a smart, motivated self-starter to be a member of our growing fellowship team!
Bridging the Gap is an initiative that grants Jewish College students from different cultural backgrounds opportunities to unite their diverse networks. Bridging the Gap fosters lasting connections between Jewish cultural groups by incorporating Hillel’s core Jewish values: Chesed (kindness), Tikun Olam (Repair the world), Tzedaka (charity), Jewish Identity and Israel. All our events embody the theme of unity; we embrace our differences, realizing that we are one people, with one mission and one purpose!
WHAT ARE THE GOALS AND TASKS?
- Build relationships with Jewish students on campus and maintain an ongoing contact
• Create and implement events that help bridge the divide between Jewish cultural groups
• Connect individuals to Jewish life on campus and across NYC
• Participation in trainings and workshops – biweekly team training sessions
• Events planning and implementation
• Organize events that relate to the five core Jewish values into every event: to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world), Jewish learning, and to support Israel and the Jewish people globally
• Hold a portfolio of responsibilities including: generating interest for the program, contacting students from local campuses, creating publicity, and collaborating with student clubs and student Life
• Build relationships with 40 Jewish students on campus and tracking their involvement
• Work collaboratively with BTG Fellows to organize and promote a minimum of 20 meaningful city-wide events
• Organize 2 campus based events between September 2015 and June 2016
- BTG Fellows will work with the BTG staff (Campus Hillel staff if applicable) to ensure they meet all benchmarks and requirements of the BTG Fellowship.
- BTG Fellow should be able to dedicate on an average of 5-7 hours per week to successfully fulfill the responsibilities.
- BTG Fellows receive professional skills, improve their resume and make friends and in addition, $1000 is awarded to BTG Fellows for the period of May 2015 through June 2016. The stipend is paid in increments of two installments as the criteria for the internship is met. The results will be measured qualitatively and quantitatively.
ARE YOU WHAT BRIDGING THE GAP IS LOOKING FOR?
• Currently enrolled as an undergraduate (sophomore or junior) in the NY metropolitan area
• Active on your campus, involved in Student life, and have networks both in your school and in the NY Jewish community
- Have a basic level of: Jewish knowledge; Understanding and/or experience with engagement/follow-up; Programming (preferably with students-young adults)
• Possess excellent interpersonal communication skills
• Have excellent research skills
• Desire to contribute to and learn from the experience
Bridging the Gap Fellows 2015-2016
College of Staten Island
Made possible by funding provided by UJA-Federation of NY:
March, there was a Purim dance party in downtown Manhattan.
April brought a combined Earth Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut and Rosh Chodesh celebration in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
May gathered students and professionals around Shabbat table for “SHABAM” – Shabbat Across Manhattan.
What’s next?? Stay tuned!