The Silber Fellowship provides Jewish camp staff high-end internships, workshops, mentorship and leadership opportunities.

Silber Fellows will receive intensive professional development to help them become informal educators and leaders in the community.

Professional and Leadership Development (February-April)

Mentorships

Participants will be matched with a mentor through United Jewish Appeal’s (“UJA”) network of professionals, spanning across numerous industries and professions.


Mentors will:

  • Offer advice on next steps
  • Provide insight into professional field
  • Share experiences with community involvement
  • Serve as a role model
  • Provide assistance with resume review, mock interviews, enhance LinkedIn page, skill building and networking opportunities.

Guidelines:

  • Mentor may offer an internship opportunity to mentee, however, this is not guaranteed
  • Mentor and mentee must be available for a minimum of five mentorship meetings between February-April (to be scheduled based on mentor/mentee availability)


Webinars

Program participants will engage in a leadership development webinar series, which will include:

  • Five mandatory webinars of fellow’s interest and choice
  • Multimodal reflections: one at the end of each session (vlog, written reflection, etc.) to be submitted to Google Drive
  • Must be completed between February-April

 

 

To the extent COVID-19 conditions permit, program participants will be placed in internship opportunities that will reinforce the development achieved through the mentorship and webinar aspects of the program. 

Placement Options (May/June)

 
 

Volunteer Placement:

  • Participate in ongoing UJA volunteer initiatives
  • Create and execute your own innovative volunteer-based project
  • Support peers in your cohorttheir own programs and initiatives

Compensation: Program participants will receive a stipend

 

Local Internship:

Internship placement at a local Toronto area business or organization. Opportunities may include private companies, non-profit organizations, or professional services firms.

  • Terms of reference for each opportunity to be determined

Compensation: Program participants will receive a stipend or compensation based on opportunity

Project Ten:

Fellows that select the Project Ten internship will have the unique opportunity to focus on informal educational programming and empowering the local community for 6 weeks in Uganda, Israel, Greece, Mexico or Ghana. The program is geared to Fellows looking for a future career in education.


Trip includes: Accommodations, food, water, city transportation, security, volunteer projects and learning opportunities.


Program Fee: Program participants pay $900 USD

  • Insurance and flights not included


Fees: All Fellows will be required to provide a $250 deposit, which will be refunded upon completion of the program and other post-program obligations.

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Nomination Deadline Date: Friday, January 8, 2021

Have you been nominated by your Camp Director?

The Silber Fellowship will help advance your career and further your talents.
We look forward to getting to know you better through the application process.

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Application Deadline Date: Friday, January 22, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Silber Fellowship?

Silber Fellowship is a program to provide a means for Jewish summer camp staff, returning to camp for the upcoming summer, to gain valuable experiences in leadership and skill development and career building opportunities within a field that is of interest to them.


What does the Silber Fellowship include?

Intensive professional, leadership and community development for Jewish summer camp staff to become informal educators and leaders in the community, including:


  • Mentorship Program - Mentor match through UJA‘s network of professionals, spanning across numerous industries and professions
  • Webinars and Training - Focused on enhancing skills for community leadership
  • Experience, knowledge and skillset to enable staff to provide the best possible experience for campers and guide junior staff members
  • Six-Week Community Development Placements - Professional internships, as well as local and international volunteer opportunities

What’s the application process?

Fellows must be nominated by the Camp Director before completing an online application. Interested individuals must complete the online application (which includes submitting a resume, answers to short form question, bio and a photo). The application is accessible online through this website. Nominees will be notified by email to schedule an interview. Fellows chosen to participate in the Silber Fellowship will be notified by email and asked to sign a letter of commitment one week following the offer date and asked to submit a deposit.

Application Deadline: Friday, January 22, 2021.


What is the application criteria for an internship with Project Ten?

  • Participants must have proof of employment for the upcoming summer with a camp affiliated with the Ontario Council for Jewish Camps prior to acceptance to Project Ten internship
  • Must have completed 2nd year as a summer camp staff
  • Fellows are expected to meet the work guidelines and expectations of their internship
  • Excellent communication skills and leadership capabilities
  • Hard working, adaptable and flexible
  • Manage projects independently and high level of responsibility as a member of a team
  • Demonstrated interest in social justice, international development, and education.

What is the application criteria for local internships?

  • Participants must have proof of employment for the upcoming summer with a camp affiliated with the Ontario Council for Jewish Camps prior to acceptance for a local internship
  • Must have completed 2nd year as a summer camp staff
  • Fellows are expected to meet the work guidelines and expectations of their internship
  • Excellent communication skills and leadership capabilities
  • Hard working, adaptable and flexible
  • Manage projects independently and high level of responsibility as a member of a team

Are there age limits?

Yes, applicants must be between the ages of 19-23 years old by January 2021 to be eligible for the program.


How many participants will be selected for the program?

25 fellows will be a part the 2021 cohort.


I am a Jewish professional with significant experience already. Is this program for me?

Yes, this program is most certainly for you!


Who is the program open to?

The program is open to GTA residents who have completed their 2nd year as a summer camp staff and between the ages of 19-23 years old by January 2021. Participants must have proof of employment for the upcoming summer with a camp affiliated with the Ontario Council for Jewish Camps prior to acceptance to the fellowship.


When will I get my deposit back?

All Fellows will be required to provide a $250 deposit which will be refunded upon completion of the program. We offer you the opportunity to voluntarily donate all or part of your deposit to support future programming, however, this decision is made solely at your discretion.


When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is January 22, 2021.


How many spots are available for each placement option?

  • 5 Project Ten internship spots
  • 10 UJA Genesis community internship spots
  • 10 Local internships spots

Can I apply to more than one placement option?

Applicants are welcome to apply to more than one placement, however, will only be able to accept and participate in one placement program.


Got more questions? Contact Yudit Timbo at ytimbo@ujafed.org

Silber Fellowship is a project of the Silber Family Centre in partnership with UJA Federation Genesis, Project Ten and The Jewish Agency for Israel.

Silber Family Centre Partner Camps: Camp George, Camp Gesher, Camp Northland, Camp Ramah, J Academy, Camp Shalom, Camp Moshava Ennismore, Camp Solelim, Camp Shomria, Camp Kadimah, Camp B’nai Brith Ottawa, The Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp, Camp Moshava Ba'ir Toronto.