Collaborative for Change: Centering Jews of Color’s Voices on Racism & Antisemitism

Collaborative

The Fellowship 

ADL invites applications to a new fellowship focused on expanding awareness and understanding of how antisemitism and other forms of hate impact Jews with multiple marginalized identities. This year’s fellowship is focused on understanding how antisemitism and racism overlap and intersect in ways that are uniquely harmful to Jews of Color. With access to a team of national experts on antisemitism and bias at the ADL, the activities of the Fellows can range widely – from multimedia projects, to educational materials, to ad campaigns, to academic research and much more.  

This Fellowship aims to increase the profile and reach of the work of the Fellows, raising awareness within the Jewish community and beyond of the oppression faced by Jews with multiple marginalized identities. Projects funded by this Fellowship will center and amplify the perspectives and lived experience of Jews of Color who experience antisemitism, racism, and other forms of bias to better inform the work that needs to happen both inside and outside the Jewish community.  

Each Fellow can request an amount up to $25,000 to carry out their project to compensate them for their time and any project expenses. We expect that most projects will be completed within one year of the kick-off of the Fellowship.  Contact the Fellowship team with questions at fellowship@adl.org.

Deliverables 

In addition to completing their proposed project, Fellows will:  

  • Collaborate with ADL to convene and facilitate a multi-disciplinary cohort of  practitioners to come together to develop knowledge and resources on the bias and hate faced by Jews of Color inside and outside the Jewish community.  

  • Engage with ADL staff and stakeholders, for example, by presenting a webinar about their work. 

  • Share their work in public forums, for example, publishing an op-ed. 

  • Be a valuable resource to ADL team members on issues relevant to their work. 

The final format and delivery date of Fellows’ deliverables will be decided by the ADL team and the Fellow. 

Fellowship Criteria 

The Fellows will demonstrate: 

  • Experience conducting work similar to what is described in their proposal with minimal supervision. 

  • Commitment to working to counter bias and hate  

  • A collaborative approach.  

  • Deep understanding of biases faced by Jews of Color

Application 

Prospective Fellows can apply by submitting a 1-2 page project proposal/statement of intent or short video outlining the proposed project, a resume and a brief budget to fellowship@adl.org. Applications to the Fellowship are due December 1, 2021. Successful applicants will be notified in mid-December. 

Proposals should provide framing of your project, including an outline of questions you will explore, the context, the format/methodology, the significance and expected contribution to the field, and your personal interest in the subject matter. Proposals can be submitted in languages other than English. 

The Fellow can be associated with an organization, or multiple individuals can apply together. 

ADL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or military status, or in violation of any applicable Federal, state or local laws.   

ADL will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. To request an accommodation, please contact us at fellowship@adl.org.  

External Advisors 

Proposals will be reviewed by ADL staff in addition to external reviewers, including: 

Bianca

Dr. Bianca Gonzalez-Lesser 

Dr. Bianca Gonzalez-Lesser (they/she) is a DEI expert focusing on Jewish non-profits. They began working as the Diversity Talent Manager at Hillel International in November 2020, and recently became Hillel International’s Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. They hold a PhD in Sociology from the University of Connecticut with expertise in race and racism and have been published in a variety of academic journals, book chapters, blog posts, and many other media appearances. Bianca is passionate about racial justice, education, and Judaism, fueled by their own experiences as a nonbinary, queer, Jew of Color by choice, and a migrant. Bianca is originally from Puerto Rico, and currently lives in Connecticut with their wife and twins. 

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Kendell Pinkney 

Kendell is a Brooklyn based theatre-maker, creative producer, and rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary.  

He works and creates art at the intersection of race, religion, identity and sacred text. He has most recently been featured in the acclaimed new Israeli docuseries "The New Jew" with actor-comedian Guri Alfi, Saturday Night Seder and the “Unholier than Thou'' podcast. His broader collaborative works have been presented at venues such as 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, LABA @ the 14th St. Y, and Two River Theatre, to name a few.  

In addition to his creative work, Kendell is the founding Artistic Director of The Workshop, a newly launched arts and culture fellowship for JOCISM (Jews of Color, Indigenous Jews, Sephardi, and Mizrahi) artists. He has served as the rabbinic fellow for the Jewish arts and culture organizations Reboot and LABA, and is part of the Spiritual Direction team at Ammud: The Jews of Color Torah Academy. He is a 5th year rabbinical student at JTS, where he is a Wexner/Davidson Fellow. Kendell is a 2017 recipient of the New York Jewish Week’s 36 Under 36, and a graduate of the NYU-Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. 

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Rabbi Isaiah Joseph Rothstein 

Isaiah Rothstein serves as Rabbinic Scholar and Public Affairs Advisor at Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and leads the JEDI (Jewish equity, diversity and inclusion) and racial justice initiatives.  Growing up in a multi-racial Chabad family in Monsey, NY he sees himself as a human bridge, connecting disparate parts of the Jewish community and America. Rothstein is a Black Jew and often calls himself “the undercover brother” because he has less skin-melanin than other family members.  

Rabbi Isaiah is a 21st century Jewish engagement strategist and social entrepreneur co-founding and sitting on boards of several organizations. He received his rabbinic ordination (semicha) and masters of social work from Yeshiva University. Prior to JFNA, Isaiah was rabbi-in-residence at Hazon and Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, where he co-founded the Jewish Youth Climate Movement. Before that, he worked in formal and experiential Jewish education as Spiritual Leader at Carmel Academy, youth director at the Young Israel of Stamford and teacher at Camp Yavneh.  Isaiah attended Binghamton University and staffed seven Birthright trips to Israel when in college. Prior to that Isaiah attended Yeshivat Lev HaTorah and Machon Lev in Israel and Kushner Yeshiva High School. Isaiah is a member of the Schusterman Foundation’s ROI Fellowship and was listed as one of the Jewish Week’s 36 Under 36. When he is not working to keep the world safe for democracy, Isaiah is writing a musical about Queen Esther. 

 

Devyani

Devyani Saltzman 

Devyani Saltzman is a Canadian writer, curator and arts leader with a deep practice in multidisciplinary programming at the intersection between art, ideas and social justice. She was most recently Director of Public Programming at the Art Gallery of Ontario, working across all disciplines, where she increased engagement across broad and diverse audiences and shaped the museum as a forum for discourse, reflecting community and the narratives of Torontonians. Saltzman was previously the Director of Literary Arts at the Banff Centre, as well as a founding Curator at Luminato, North America's preeminent multi arts festival. She is a published author and her work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, National Post, The Atlantic and Tehelka, India's weekly of arts and investigative journalism. She is the Vice Chair of the Writers’ Trust of Canada, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries, SummerWorks Performance Festival and Nova Dance. Saltzman has a degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Oxford.