2024-03-28 | Blog

JIMENA’s Sephardic Leaders Fellowship Cohort 5 LA Edition

We are thrilled to announce the commencement of the fifth cohort of the Sephardic Leaders Fellowship, who embarked on their journey with an enriching day-long opening retreat. During this retreat, they were introduced to the fellowship’s innovative curriculum, which places a strong emphasis on positive leadership development.

Cohort 5 comprises a diverse, LA-based group of emerging leaders actively involved in the Jewish community, both in lay and professional capacities.

Participants hail from esteemed institutions such as:
Simon Wiesenthal Center
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
Alliance for Jewish Theatre
StandWithUs
Jewish Women International
UCLA Undergraduate Research Center
Centered Community Foundation
Persian Girl Podcast
Hope Integrative Psychiatry
Stryker Lionsgate
Nessah Educational and Cultural Center
Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Following the opening retreat, the fellows engaged in their first learning session led by educator and JFCS Director of Community Outreach, Tamar Zakan. This session delved into the themes of names, identity, and heritage. Over the upcoming weeks, the fellows will have the opportunity to learn from Sephardic and Mizrahi thought leaders, rabbis, scholars, and activists. Additionally, they will be involved in community-building activities and further develop their leadership skills.

The fellowship’s overarching goal is to cultivate a pipeline of knowledgeable, interconnected, and empowered Sephardi and Mizrahi young adults who aspire to take on leadership roles within the broader Jewish community.

This cohort of the Sephardic Leaders Fellowship has been made possible with the support of the Jewish Foundation of Los Angeles’ Cutting Edge Grants 2.0