Guidelines, Expectations and Benefits



    In order to be accepted to the Innovators Circle, applicants must submit a proposal for a venture that seeks to:

  • Address real communal needs in the realm of education and social action
  • Significantly impact the local Jewish and / or non-Jewish community
  • Be tangible and ready to be implemented
  • Be low in cost and high in impact, relying primarily on a volunteer-based community utilizing a peer-based model



  • Innovators will work 35 hours per week at YU Center for the Jewish Future
    • 50% of this time will be dedicated to developing and implementing individual initiatives
    • 30% of this time will be spent on training and mentorship
    • 20% of this time will be spent on collaborating with other CJF and University-wide initiatives
  • Innovators will meet all necessary requirements to graduate the Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education



  • Innovators receive an annual stipend of $20,000
  • Innovators receive $5,000 in seed money for their ventures.
  • Innovators receive intensive training and mentorship.