Now in its seventh cohort (but first-ever Jewish NoVA cohort!), this transformative fellowship teaches a group of 8-12 extraordinary young adults from across DC and/or NoVA how to be exceptional relationship builders and create a more welcoming, inclusive local Jewish community.

Fellows learn to hone their leadership and engagement skills at bi-monthly meetings, celebrate Shabbat together, welcome DC and NoVA newcomers to the city, and receive financial support to bring a unique capstone project to life – all while forming deep, lasting friendships with one another.

What do I get out of it?

Professional leadership, program facilitation, communications, and team building training at bi-monthly learning sessions.

Stipends to take DC or NoVA newcomers out for coffee to help them find their place in Jewish life.

Your cohort may include a celebratory Shabbat experience or a weekend long retreat so you can develop meaningful relationships with like-minded peers.

Financial support to create a unique capstone project of your choosing that will enrich our local Jewish community.

A network of professional staff and peers to be a go-to resource for you.

Should I apply?

If you’re an outgoing, positive 20- or 30- something who is passionate about the Jewish community, a natural born people-person, and looking to become a leader in DC or NoVA’s Jewish community, then yes.

You should have some time, energy, and enthusiasm to spare for a few months.

What exactly will I do as a Fellow?

  • Attend 2 meetings/month to learn essential leadership and relationship building skills.
  • Take young adults who are new to DC and/or NoVA out for coffee (on us)
  • Create and implement a unique capstone project to enrich the Jewish community
  • Take part in a celebratory Shabbat experience or weekend-long retreat
  • Serve as a greeter and friendly face for peers at events across Jewish DC and/or NoVA

OK, I’m in! How do I apply?

Great! Applications are currently closed, but email us at we will let you know as soon as applications launch.

NOTE: ALL are welcome to apply. It doesn’t matter how involved you are – or aren’t – in Jewish life, what your Jewish background is, your gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, or nationality, we’re just looking for amazing young adults with potential to become leaders and conveners of Jewish DC.

Have general questions?

Email GatherDC’s Engagement Director Alexandra Tureau at

Want to meet past fellows?

Click here or here!


“GatherDC’s Open Doors Fellowship is a group of relentless extroverts who love building connections and community, especially in a Jewish context. We spend months reaching out to newcomers and not-so-newcomers to DC, buying coffees, and schmoozing our way through GatherDC happy hours, to help everyone find their people.”

“The Fellowship allowed me to affect the Jewish Community by encouraging me to listen to the community’s needs, and providing me resources to create positive change.”

“The Open Doors Fellowship helped me remember what I love about my Judaism, as well as learn how to work with others to create a Jewish community that speaks more deeply to more of us.”

“As Open Doors fellows, we are hubs of the networks of relationships in the DC Jewish community. It was amazing to see how the connections we help facilitate between individuals in the community could quickly multiply into so many new connections.”

The true cost of the Open Doors Fellowship is $600 per person. We are able to offer this fellowship to participants at no cost due to generous support of our funders who believe that incredible young adults have the power to transform our Jewish community through peer-to-peer engagement

GatherDC welcomes the participation of interfaith ​individuals, and people of all abilities, backgrounds, gender identities and sexual orientations. GatherDC ​fosters inclusive communities​​​ and strive​s​ to accommodate all needs whenever possible. If you require special accommodations, please contact us​ in advance of the event​ at (202) 656-0743, and we will make every effort to meet your needs.