I was honored to be a member of the first cohort of Fellows in Gather The Jews Open Doors Fellowship. Getting to know the other Fellows was rewarding and it was clear that Gather put an incredible amount of time and effort into finding a diverse body of driven young professionals. I feel very active and connected within DC’s Jewish community, so I was surprised that all of the other Fellows were new faces whom would become new friends!
Going on coffee dates also exposed me to new community members. I felt very special to be among the first people that a person first arriving in DC would meet. The coffee dates also helped me discover not just the special nuances in our community, but also some of the needs and shortcomings. I was able to plan and implement a unique project that will have a positive effect on the lives of Jewish community members in DC and around the U.S.
I gained a number of skills through this experience, but if I had to pinpoint one skill, it would be the experience I gained planning a large Jewish event for a diverse audience. As part of my capstone project I brought an Asian Jewish scholar to speak at an event at a federal agency. The event was a success, but took months of planning and coordination. Gather provided support from start to finish and I feel confident that I can plan other similar informative events in the future remembering the leadership training, guidance, and advice given to me from Gather the Jews!
Learn more about applying to be a 2015 Open Doors Fellow HERE!