naomi chazan

The Naomi Chazan Fellowship equips young leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to enrich their understanding of Israel and empowers them to raise awareness around issues of importance in the local Australian Jewish community.

The Fellowship includes a ten-day study tour in Israel with young leaders from the UK, Canada and the US, three seminars in Australia and opportunities to develop local programming which help broaden the communal conversation.

The Fellowship is currently entering its fourth successful year with 15 Australian graduates to date. Fellows become part of a larger community of Australian and international alumni leaders upon completing the year long program.

Kerryn Baker Scholarships

Acknowledging Kerryn's commitment to equality and justice in Israel and the enrichment of the next generation of community leadership, we are honoured to have two of our Naomi Chazan Fellows subsidised through Kerryn's legacy.

Applications are now closed for the 2018-19 Naomi Chazan Fellowship.

  • Changing the Dynamics of the Communal Conversation on Israel

    The Naomi Chazan Fellowship is an integral part of building a strong community for Australian Jews whose vision for Israel is pluralist, just and democratic.

    Fellows, with the experience of their holistic study tour in Israel, and the training and development of the Fellowship’s framework, will become part of an international movement of people who are are able to speak passionately about the fusion of their social justice, Jewish and Zionist values.

    Bringing the social justice conversation back to Israel

    Our Jewish community has a proud tradition of working with communities facing injustice. Still today, Jewish Australians are at the forefront in pursuing justice for Indigenous Australians and working for humane solutions for asylum seekers and refugees. Let’s align our support for Israel and those values and fight for democracy and equality, the end of the occupation, and against inequality, racism and extremism.

    Partnering with Israeli and international change-makers

    By meeting and collaborating with prominent members of Israel’s civil society not only will Fellows understand the important work that is being done, but they will also have a chance to develop partnerships with these change makers and work together for a better Israel.

    A sense of community

    Conversations about social justice and human rights do not exist solely outside the Jewish community, they are part of it. It’s important to ensure the Jewish community’s path is also is pluralist, respectful and inclusive, and to treasure the stories of social justice and equality in the narrative of the Jewish people.

    A framework for leadership

    Having the knowledge to work for change is only one part of the story; making sure one has the tools to work with others to effect that change is crucial. It is essential to further develop one’s leadership skills, perfect storytelling, and know how to bring others along in this journey.

    International leadership and collaboration

    The 2018-2019 Fellowship will for the first time combine Fellows from Australia, the UK, Canada and the US. It is a unique opportunity to meet and work with like-minded individuals from different communities around the world. There will be opportunities for collaboration both during the Israel trip and afterwards.

  • The Next Step for the Engaged and Committed Leader

    The Fellowship’s aim is to change the community’s conversation about Israel by providing Fellows with the skills and knowledge to become ambassadors for an Israel that is progressive thinking, pluralist, inclusive and looking towards peace with its neighbours.

    Story, Build, Launch, Link - Jigsaw


    The Fellowship’s core component is a ten-day study tour in Israel. By engaging with Israel’s leading civil society leaders, and experiencing the work of Israeli social change organisations, Fellows will bring back to the community an informed and much needed perspective.


    Upon return, Fellows will be part of two important streams. First, receiving further development and training on how to use their knowledge to have the maximum impact on the community.


    Secondly, as part of the program, Fellows will initiate four distinct Israel-focused programs and conversations within the community. Fellows will be partnered with each other and given the mentoring and resources they need to be set up for success. This could mean running programs for their peers, for youth movements, specific sectors of the community, or the community at large.


    Lastey upon completing the year’s program Fellows will become part of the growing alumni network within Australia and internationally. Their knowledge and experience gained will be used to mentor future Fellows and help NIF grow in Australia.

  • Fellowship Timeline – May 2018 to May 2019

    The fellowship is a year-long commitment. There is flexibility around when Fellows run their own events and programming, but a commitment to all seminar dates and the Israel trip is required.



    Details and Location


    Evening of Saturday 26 May 26 - Sunday 27 May

    Introductory Fellowship Seminar

    Fellows will come together, meet each other, and lay the foundation for a successful Fellowship year

    Monday morning 9 July - Wednesday evening 18 July

    Study Tour in Israel

    Fellows will be required in Israel on these dates. The trip will include components in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Palestinian Territories, and southern Israel. On the tour, minimal free time will be programmed, but Fellows’ tickets may be extended, if they wish (at the individual’s cost)

    Sunday 12 August - Sydney (TBC)
    Sunday 19 August - Melbourne (TBC)

    Community Fellowship Events

    Fellows will present experiences from their Israel trip to the community

    Sunday 26 August

    Second Fellowship Seminar

    The Fellowship seminars are an opportunity for Fellows to get together in person, and to receive ongoing personal and professional training and development


    Evening of Saturday 23 March - Sunday 24 March

    Third Fellowship Seminar

    The Fellowship seminars are an opportunity for Fellows to get together in person, and to receive ongoing personal and professional training and development

    Ongoing Events 2018-19

    Fellows will plan and run at least four events in the community, in partnership with the NIF Program Manager. Examples of past projects include: working on our ‘The Other Hagaddah’ supplement, film screenings, creating content for and hosting topical shabbat dinners, mini-courses for student leaders, photo exhibits, presentations at youth movement camps/seminars, op-eds for the Jewish News, and video link ups with NIF grantees in Israel.

    Fellows will also be part of a year long international Giving Circle with all the participants of the study tour. Fellows will be asked to make a nominal monthly donation. As a group they will discuss and nominate which organisations to support. During these online conversations there will also be opportunities to hear from the international NIF leadership and receive Israel updates.

  • Past Participant Stories

    Past Participants

    Avi Knoll
    Avi Knoll (2015-16)
    Chantal Tanner
    Chantal Tanner (2015-16)
    Eli Oshrov
    Eli Oshorov (2015-16)
    Ely Elsass
    Ely Elsass (2015-16)
    Jeremy Etkind
    Jeremy Etkind (2015-16)
    Lanna Newman-Plant
    Lanna Newman-Plant (2015-16)
    Adam Grodeck
    Adam Grodeck (2016-17)
    Dana Klas
    Dana Klas (2016-17)
    Deb Neumann
    Deb Neumann (2016-17)
    Yuli Dar
    Yuli Dar (2016-17)
    Amy Dascal
    Amy Dascal (2017-18)
    Bracha Raphael
    Bracha Rafael (2017-18)
    Chloe Stimar
    Chloe Stimar (2017-18)
    Graham Kaplan
    Graham Kaplan (2017-18)
    Rebecca Sharp
    Rebecca Sharp (2017-18)
    Amy Dascal "I applied for the Naomi Chazan Fellowship as I wanted to learn more about the complex issues that Israeli society is currently facing. The Fellowship allowed me to not only see and experience some of these issues first hand, it also opened my eyes to the amazing work that programs and charities who are supported by NIF are doing in Israeli society." – Amy Dascal
    Bracha Rafael“I joined the fellowship because I wanted to connect with people in Israel and abroad who are passionate about the vibrancy of Israel’s democracy. Thanks to the NIF, I’ve learned a great deal and met amazing people doing incredible work.” – Bracha Rafael

    Meet The 2017-18 Cohort

    Meet The 2016-17 Cohort

    Meet The 2015-16 Cohort

  • Study Tour in Israel, 9-18 July, 2018

    The core of the Fellowship is an intensive study tour in Israel. For ten days, Fellows will travel the country to meet with grassroots activists, civil rights lawyers, academics, jurists, journalists, writers and artists who are leading the social change movement in Israel today. Representing the full dynamic range of Israeli society -- religious and secular, left and right, Jewish and Palestinian, Ashkenazi and Sephardi -- Fellows will develop a holistic overview of Israeli society, and points where it can be improved.

    Fellows will learn about the challenges to Israel’s identity as a Jewish and democratic state, investigate the issues and politics of religion, immigration, land use, women’s role in society, the environment, and other pressing civil and human rights challenges.

    By meeting with change-makers in Israeli civil society, and experiencing the reality of the daily lives of Israelis and Palestinians, Fellows will have the knowledge they need to initiate new conversations in the Australian Jewish community when they return.

    Click here to see a sample itinerary.

    First Fellowship cohort
    Second Fellowship Cohort
    Australia's Ambassador to Israel, Dave Sharma
    Naomi Chazan
  • About Naomi Chazan

    Naomi ChazanBorn in Jerusalem during the British mandate era, Professor Naomi Chazan is synonymous with an Israel that defends human rights, promotes equality and seeks a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Naomi’s commitment to building an Israel as envisioned by the Declaration of Independence has been seen in her varied roles as a former Deputy Speaker for the Knesset for Meretz, a senior Israeli academic, activist for women’s rights, and former President of the New Israel Fund.

    The NIF Australia Fellowship is named in Naomi’s honour in recognition of her years of service and dedication to social justice,peace and tolerance.

  • Application Process and Costs

    Applications for the 2018-19 Fellowship are closed.

    The cost of the Fellowship is $1,900. This is heavily subsidised by generous donors, who cover the cost of over 75% of participating in the Naomi Chazan Fellowship.

    This cost includes:

    • All flights and accommodation, and most meals, during the study tour in Israel
    • Domestic flights to the three seminars throughout the year
    • Programming resources (including a small budget for Fellows to use) to run initiate programs during the Fellowship

    This cost does not include:

    • In Israel, the accommodation is shared, if a single room is desired the difference in cost will be paid by the Fellows
    • While Fellows will be able to extend the trip in Israel, any additional costs must be covered by the Fellow

    2018 Application Dates:

    • 9 April: All applications due
    • 15-22 April: Online interviews
    • 23 April: Notification of successful applicants
  • Questions?
    • 1. What are the requirements for joining the Naomi Chazan Fellowship?
    • 2. What must I agree to in order to be a part of the Naomi Chazan Fellowship?
    • 3. What will Fellows have to do as part of the program?
    • 4. How many people will be part of the Naomi Chazan Fellowship?

    For more information you can contact NIF Australia Program Manager Sharon Berger at

  • Apply for the Fellowship

    Applications are now closed for the 2018-19 Fellowship.