Builders from the Inside Fellowship



Are you a rabbi or spiritual leader innovating from inside an established organization? 

We invite you to apply for Atra’s Builders from the Inside Fellowship. Read on for background, eligibility, and application instructions. Use the “Notify me” button above if you’d like us to contact you when applications open for next year.

Builders from the Inside: בונים מבפנים is a new, 10-month fellowship for Jewish spiritual leaders of all denominations who are creating new communal solutions to old problems within established organizational contexts. 

Fellows are keenly aware of the evolving needs of their communities and are seeking to respond in adaptive and creative ways to expand their reach and transform their local contexts. Through a 10-month practicum and didactic workshops with Atra faculty, staff, and invited experts, fellows learn the critical skills to innovate from the inside.


What’s Involved

As part of established organizations, Fellows will identify a particular challenge or need that they would like to address in order to increase their organization’s capacity for adapting to evolving needs and ever-changing circumstances. 

Through online workshops, coaching, mentorship, and a community of practice, these fellows will consider and practice:

  • Relational recruitment and ongoing engagement pipeline practices 
  • Vision: So what and why? 
  • Strategic use of self
  • Management for spiritual innovators
  • User experience
  • Techniques to treat and prevent compassion fatigue and burnout 

In addition to top-notch training, Atra will provide fellows with:

Through its two flagship Fellowship programs, Atra has trained 59 Jewish clergy in the past 8 years. These clergy have gone on to lead or start new communities and projects across the world.

Get to know our inaugural cohort of בונים/Builders, as well as alumni of our other fellowships.


Program Dates

Attendance at seminars and workshops is a requirement of participation, however Atra is committed to making reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities or special needs. Should you be accepted to the Fellowship, we will work with you to ensure your learning needs are met and that you will be able to participate fully. 


Workshops: Zoom workshops will take place on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2024, 1-4pm ET – Virtual Orientation
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2024, 1-4pm ET
  • Tuesday, February 27, 1-4pm ET
  • Tuesday, March 12, 1-4pm ET
  • Tuesday, April 9, 1-4pm ET
  • Tuesday, May 7, 1-4pm ET
  • Tuesday, July 9, 1-4pm ET
  • Tuesday, August 6, 1-4pm ET

June 3-5, 2024
Mid-year Seminar (in-person, New York City)

September 3, 2024 
Siyyum (In-person, Location TBD)

6 coaching sessions, scheduled by Coaches and Fellows independently



  • Applicants must be ordained (or equivalent) or in their last two years of rabbinical school
  • Applicants must have salaried position within an established organization under whose auspices they will launch their project; Current seminary students interested in applying must be employed somewhere they plan to remain after ordination
  • All applicants must have conceived of a project in its early stages, and/or have a clearly defined target audience.
  • Projects must work to expand relationship-driven Jewish community within an existing organization
  • Fellows must have:
    • Support of supervisor and key stakeholder(s) including commitment to the hours spent creating and developing the program, and participating in 1 meeting with the Program Facilitator
    • A commitment of $2,500 in institutional resources towards the project

If you have questions about your eligibility, email us at



Fellows commit to participating fully and open-heartedly as part of a diverse pluralistic cohort of clergy. All will be encouraged to use both their minds and hearts — their intellect and personal experience — in our work together. Fellows are expected to dedicate significant time and energy towards completing guided projects that further their initiative.

All costs associated with participation are fully subsidized by Atra, made possible through the generous support of our donors.

“I have so valued the opportunity to be in deep conversation with rabbis who are pursuing radically different projects yet contain shared experience - both positive and challenging. It has proved crucial for my process to have a container for dreaming that pushes me to think tachlis - budgets and spreadsheets living in the same space as vision and curiosity.”
Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz
Fellowship for Rabbinic Entrepreneurs 2020-'21
Director of Tefillah and Music, Hadar