With the exception of the first day of our camp session, today is the most exciting day of my year. Today is the day I’ve been waiting for since I returned home from 46 Bowen Road five months ago, a day I look forward to more and more each year. It is with great pleasure that I announce the opening of the application for the summer of 2014 Kutz Fellowship.
This year marks our sixth cohort of fellows, adding to the fifty-one inspiring teens who have passed through the fellowship since its founding in 2009. Our fellows have created innovative, groundbreaking programming that has redefined what it means to engage our youth, not only as leaders, but as peers. Through collaboration with their synagogues, they have been able to reach out to their home communities in new and exciting ways, proving again and again how invaluable our teens are in engaging the next generation of the Jewish people.
I encourage each and every upcoming Kutz participant to consider the Fellowship as an option, as each of you posses a unique set of talents, skills, and experiences that could greatly benefit this new cohort of fellows. You will learn about community organization, peer-to-peer engagement, creative thinking, and much more that will equip you to go back to your congregation ready to design and carryout a project that attracts unengaged, under-engaged or disengaged teens in your home community. In addition, if accepted, you will receive a $1000 scholarship towards your attendance costs at camp.
It is truly an honor to be involved with the Kutz Fellows, and I look forward to receiving your applications.
Please note: Applications are due no later than February 13, 2014. Late applications will not be accepted.
Jake Levine is currently a URJ Service Corps Fellow and is the Special Projects Manager for Kutz, working directly with the Kutz Fellows program. Jake is from Ann Arbor, MI and currently attends the University of Michigan.