LEEP Fellowship

The Leadership for Emerging Educators Program (LEEP) is a two-year fellowship for professionals at the beginning of their Jewish education journeys. Through mentoring, development, and collaboration, LEEPers create a strong community of practice that will last a lifetime.

Eligible applicants include:

Educators who have attended fewer than two previous NewCAJE conferences and are in the first five years of their career in Jewish education, defined as:
(1) Not yet completed their intended final degree
(2) within five years of completing their intended final degree, or
(3) Within 5 years of entering the field of Jewish education, regardless of degree,

LEEPers receive a significant reduction in conference cost, as well the opportunity to apply for a travel subsidy, during their two years as fellows.

The Program:


LEEPers have a pre-conference webinar to get to know each other and ask questions about the conference.

Friday and Saturday: Your conference experience begins with an introductory LEEP session on Friday afternoon. Over Shabbat, you’ll get to know the other LEEPers, participate in services and other programs with the rest of the attendees, and begin to formulate your goals for the conference. 

Sunday: On Sunday, participants meet in small mentoring groups, map out conference plans, and give each other feedback on workshop presentations. 


Sunday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon: During the conference, LEEPers for special learning sessions, meals, social programs, and mentor check-ins.


Wednesday Afternoon: At the post-conference, participants will debrief their experience, discuss the “big issues” in Jewish education, and brainstorm new ideas for LEEP and future conferences. LEEPers will also use what they have learned to craft a year-long project that will enhance the field of Jewish Education.


During the year, you’ll stay connected to your LEEP cohort by working on your group project, checking-in with your mentor, and contributing to the Facebook Group’s discussion.

Second Year LEEPers and LEEP Alumni

During their pre- and post-conference program, second year LEEPers focus on leadership building and personal/professional growth.

LEEP alumni can plan and facilitate programming for new cohorts, as well as participate in special alumni programming during the conference.

Benefits to you:

You Receive:

  • Discounted registration (main conference and shabbat), including housing and food.
  • A chance to apply for a travel grant for participants from places out of driving distance.
  • Tailored, focused sessions during the conference.
  • Personal mentorship from experts in your field.
  • Networking opportunities with your peers and colleagues.
  • Admission to the highly-effective closed Facebook group, a peer-to-peer sharing safe space.

LEEP Requirements

Anyone who has attended fewer than two previous NewCAJE conferences and is in the first 5 years of their career in Jewish education, defined as:

  • Not yet completed their intended final degree
  • Within 5 years of completing their intended final degree


  • Within 5 years of entering the field of Jewish education, regardless of degree

You Will:

  1. Attend the conference. You must stay on campus and attend the conference in full, including pre-conference Shabbat and post-conference programming, for this year and next year. No late arrivals or early departures are acceptable.
  2. Secure funding. We expect you to raise funds for your participation. We will advise you on how to ask your employer and your community for support but we do expect you and your employer(s) to contribute to registration costs.
  3. Pay nothing until you have been accepted to the program. Upon acceptance, confirm you are coming and complete payment.
  4. Actively participate in all LEEP sessions and meetings during the conference and in the pre- and post-conference programs.
  5. Propose a workshop for this conference and the next. In your first year, you may opt to present OR observe and debrief another workshop.
  6. Volunteer at the conference.
  7. Write a 500 word article for the Jewish Educator Journal after acceptance to the program.
  8. Work with your peers on a 2 year-long project to benefit the field of Jewish Education (estimated commitment is two hours per week).
  9. Attend a mid-year retreat in the second year.

The Application

The LEEP application is embedded within conference registration. You will not be charged until you are accepted into the program.

To apply, click on the button above and follow these instructions:

  1. For Tell us what you’re looking to do, select Register for the Conference
  2. For Choose a registration type, select LEEP
  3. For Will you join NewCAJE for Shabbat? select I’m a LEEP applicant
  4. Later in the form, for General Information, select I will be participating as a LEEP Fellow
  5. Fill out all information under LEEP FELLOWSHIP DETAILS

Once you submit your application, you will receive confirmation that your application is being reviewed, followed by an email from Eliana Light to schedule a phone interview.

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