The Jewish Federations of North America’s (“JFNA”) National Young Leadership (“NYL”) team is excited to officially open the application and nomination process for the NYL Cabinet Class of 2021!
We invite your community to nominate candidates and will accept applications until 5:00 PM ET on Friday, June 4, 2021.
Since its founding in 1963, NYL Cabinet (“NYLC”) has consistently produced top leaders in the Federation movement and throughout the Jewish World. A Jewish values-based leadership and philanthropic development initiative, Cabinet engages highly dedicated individuals who embody the values of humility, authenticity, and integrity. Ideal candidates take seriously their own call and responsibility to lead within the greater Jewish community as well as being an active member of the Cabinet Community. Members have the opportunity to hone their leadership skills, establish a peer group, network to brainstorm and share best practices, and troubleshoot community challenges, bringing their ideas and strategies home for deepening commitment to Jewish Life and Federation.
Through Cabinet missions and programming, members take part in hands-on experiences to learn about the work of Federation and its partner agencies and to strengthen their connections to global Jewry. With over 350 current members from more than 55 Federations across North America, Cabinet develops leaders to have the skills necessary to strengthen Jewish life locally, be the voice for young Jewish adults nationally, and advocate for those in need globally.
The Cabinet curriculum of leadership development and Jewish enrichment opportunities, together with a menu of dynamic travel experiences (study missions, site visits, and retreats) that complement the training, provides leaders in their 30s and 40s a transformative and philanthropic network of nearly 4,000 alumni engaged around the most pressing global issues in the Jewish community today.
CRITERIA FOR MEMBERSHIP (APPLICANTS):
Age: Candidates must be between 30 – 40 years of age in the calendar year (2021) that they begin their tenure on NYL Cabinet (NYLC). Age exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis.
Retreat: Attendance at NYLC’s annual retreat (“Retreat”), held in North America, is not required of all first-year members this year. It is strongly encouraged in each subsequent year. Retreat is the heart of the NYLC experience. The 2021 Cabinet Retreat is scheduled for the first week in August with decisions to be determined on the modality. We will be monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will make a final decision by late spring 2021 if the Retreat will be in person, hybrid, or fully virtual.
First years are required to participate in a virtual orientation.
Campaign/Giving: Candidates must make a minimum gift of $5,000 to their local Federation’s unrestricted Annual Campaign for 2022 (in line with the local campaign cycle, as determined by the local Federation).
Leadership: Candidates should have demonstrated leadership or have the potential to take on leadership positions in their local communities. Strong candidates are those who are, or who have the potential to be, leaders in the Jewish Federation movement or other Jewish communal organizations.
Nominations: Candidates must be nominated to join NYLC by their local Federation.
Interview: Each candidate must be interviewed by a current member of NYLC from a community other than the candidate’s local community.
EXPECTATIONS OF MEMBERS:
Local Participation: All members of NYLC are expected to actively participate in their local Federations, including Campaign involvement.
JFNA/NYLC Events: In addition to attending Retreat, members of NYLC are encouraged to attend the NYLC Study Mission (international travel), the Domestic Mission, the General Assembly (held in North America, but periodically held in Israel), the International Lion of Judah Conference (women only), and NYL conferences/events. Please note that official NYLC activities do not extend to spouses or significant others unless otherwise noted in registration materials.
Conduct: Members of NYLC are representatives of their communities, JFNA, and the Jewish people. Members are expected to treat others with respect and hold themselves to the highest standard of Jewish ethics, in accordance with Cabinet’s Statement of Values.
Endowment: Members are asked to partake in a meaningful conversation about endowing their gift by the end of their tenure on Cabinet.
Term Limits: All members in good standing will serve for five years.
FINANCIAL COMMITMENTS OF MEMBERS
Renewal Fee: Each member must pay an annual renewal fee of $150, to be collected every spring. This fee covers the costs of any books/materials that a Cabinet member receives as well as exclusive access to ongoing conference calls, webinars, and other leadership development opportunities offered to members of Cabinet.
Minimum Donation: Members must make a minimum donation of $5,000 to their location Federation’s Annual Campaign in their first year of membership, with the aim to increase year-over-year for each year they are on NYLC. Additionally, NYLC members are encouraged to participate in second-line campaigns and emergency campaigns.
Arrears: If members are not up-to-date with payments, as determined by their community, their local professional will inform a senior NYL professional. Once the senior NYL professional has the necessary information, they will advise the NYLC Co-Chairs, who will discuss the matter directly with the member. Such members must make agreements with their local Federations to make payment in full within a reasonable period of time. If full payment is not made within that period, such members forfeit their membership on NYLC. All such conversations will be held in strictest confidence.
Nomination and Application Instructions
The nomination and application process for NYL Cabinet membership will open on Thursday, January 21st, 2021.
Nomination and Application: Each candidate is required to complete this online application form. Candidates are also required to submit this nomination form completed by their local Federation professional.
*All forms must be submitted by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, June 4, 2021.
Candidate Review: NYL Cabinet leadership, along with JFNA professional staff, will review the application and nomination forms once they are both received.
Informational Conversation: Applicants will be connected with a current member of NYLC to answer outstanding questions.
Notification: After the informational conversation, the candidate may be extended an invitation to join NYL Cabinet; the community will simultaneously be notified of the candidate’s status.