Rabbinic (re)Design Fellowship N. New Jersey


Elevate Your Impact

Northern New Jersey area is one of the most fertile Jewish ecosystems in North America. As Garden State clergy, we are growing and tending to our communities with a front-row seat to some of the most important trends unfolding in American Jewish life, those both exciting and challenging.

The Atra Northern New Jersey Rabbinic (re)Design Fellowship, generously supported by the Russell Berrie Foundation, provides tools and strategies immediately applicable to your current context, helping you to renew your vision and enhance your effectiveness.

Fellowship Highlights:

  • Leadership Development: Hone your leadership skills with our comprehensive training program.
  • Community Building: Play a pivotal role in strengthening the fabric of Jewish life in Northern New Jersey by elevating the spirit of collaboration and jointly addressing local challenges and opportunities.
  • Innovative Learning: Leverage Atra’s signature method of applied rabbinic innovation to serve your community effectively.

We invite talented and innovative rabbis and clergy in Northern New Jersey (NNJ), who serve communities based in Bergen, Hudson, and/or Passaic counties, to apply.

Applications accepted through January 4, 2024. For more information or to discuss the application timeline and requirements, please reach out to Brigid Goggin.


What’s involved

Modeled after 8 years of highly impactful national rabbinic fellowships, the Rabbinic (re)Design Fellowship for Northern New Jersey will convene up to 15 of the region’s most talented and innovative spiritual leaders to elevate and evolve their practice as they apply their learning in real time and create new initiatives and partnerships to enhance Jewish life in the region.

Tailored for Your Busy Schedule
We value your time. The 18-month program is designed to be flexible, offering a mix of in-person seminars and monthly touchpoints—including workshops, chevruta, one-on-one coaching, and asynchronous learning to fit your personal schedule.


  • One-to-One Coaching: Receive personalized coaching and mentorship from Atra’s experienced staff and faculty, fostering your professional growth.
  • Seed Funding Opportunities: Get a chance to apply for grants up to $20,000 to kickstart new projects and partnerships that will benefit the Jewish community.
  • Collaborative Network: Engage with a cross-denominational community for mutual learning and support.

Your Commitment

  • Active participation in a series of transformative workshops and seminars.
  • Willingness to engage wholeheartedly with a diverse cohort, contributing both intellectually and personally.
  • Dedication to developing collaborative projects to serve your community and beyond that will enhance Jewish life in the region.

Key Dates

Kickoff Seminar: March 2024
Mid-fellowship Seminar: January 2025
Closing Seminar: November 2025



  • Ordination or investment from a recognized seminary or yeshiva, or an advanced degree in rabbinics.
  • A salaried role in a Jewish organization within Bergen, Hudson, or Passaic counties, NJ.
  • Intent to continue in your current role for at least a year after the fellowship.
  • Decision-making authority within your organization, with support from supervisors or key stakeholders.
  • Full commitment to all fellowship components, including workshops, seminars, and mini-missions.

Atra’s Commitment to Accessibility:

We ensure reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities or special needs. For assistance, please contact Brigid Goggin.


Rabbi Dahlia Bernstein
Fellowship for Rabbinic Innovation 2022-'23
Founder, Edgewater Jews
“Atra gave me an in-depth understanding of how to transform an idea about a community into concrete and meaningful interactions that change people's lives.”