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It’s our name and it’s true! UJA Young Leaders can help you explore the world of nonprofit leadership. Start with Leadership Labs and see where you go.

Have some experience already? Ask us which program is the best fit for you!

Leadership Labs

Join our fall-spring cohort-based program designed to provide you with strong foundational knowledge about UJA’s work in both the local and global Jewish community, build leadership skills for future engagement in UJA and beyond, and create lasting bonds with like-minded peers.

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Interested? Contact Arielle Kaye at

Shapiro Family Fellowship & Alumni

The Shapiro Family Fellowship cultivates Jewish leaders ages 22-35 through year-long cohort learning sessions, a 12-day trip to Israel, introspective narrative writing, and a final group project all focused on the complexities of Israeli society and UJA’s work in Israel.

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Interested? Contact Julia Susskind at


Observership is an exclusive year-long program for committed young professionals who want to take their leadership to the next level. Through a placement on a UJA allocating committee or a partner nonprofit board, Observers get a front-row seat to the impact lay leaders have in shaping the community of tomorrow.

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Interested? Contact Arielle Kaye at

Giving Circle

The Young Leaders Giving Circle provides an opportunity to experience UJA’s grant-making process firsthand. Engage in passionate conversations about the challenges UJA is tackling. Then, hear from organizations working to solve real problems, review proposals, and take a hands-on approach to allocating a grant. All within a few months.

This opportunity welcomes donors who give a gift of $1,800 or more, individually or as a family, to UJA’s annual campaign. Participants will make an additive gift of $1,800 that will go toward the pooled funds for grant allocation.

Interested? Contact Jessie Ziff at

National Young Leadership Cabinet

National Young Leadership Cabinet (NYLC) is a prestigious leadership training program for individuals in their 30s and early 40s. Join our New York delegation as we enrich lives through this global philanthropic movement. Participate in national gatherings and international missions, all the while experiencing high-level programming and making our impact right here in New York.

Interested? Contact Shai Jiji at

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