The Bronfman-WUJS Global Fellowship trains and develops emerging Jewish leaders worldwide, with a focus on learning about the global Jewish landscape, the importance of coalition building, and building community organizing skills.

Fellows convene for monthly video conferences to explore new models to address their home community's needs and build robust Jewish life. In addition, they meet in person twice a year, once in Israel at the World Union of Jewish Students Congress, and once in New York to gain exposure to American Jewish communal organizations.

The 2017-2018 Fellows


Nurit Baker

Nurit previously studied at Colegio Israelita de Mexico ORT and is currently studying Special Edication at the Universidad de las Americas. She has been a volunteer for 7 years at NGO Cadena AC (emergency disaster relief), as the head of the youth movement and part of the rescue team. She is on the board of both the Mexican Jewish Student Federation and the Latin American Jewish Student Federation.


Naomi Ellenbogen

Naomi studies English and Geography at the University of Heidelberg, and plans to become a teacher. She has served on the board of her local Jewish Student Union, which serves the Baden region, for two years.




Ruben Gerczikow

Ruben is studying Media and Communication at the University of Vienna. He is active in his local student union, the Austrian Union of Jewish Students. He hopes to work in a job that combines his interests in politics, Jewish community, and sports.


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Yael Gordischer

Yael was born and raised in Santiago, Chile. Since she was little she has always participated in the Jewish community activities. She was a member of Maccabi Hatzair until last year and now she is part of the Jewish Students Federation, where next year she will serve as Vice-President.


Yanir Grindler

Yanir lives in South Africa and studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is currently the chairman of his university’s chapter of SAUJS (South African Union of Jewish Students). Along with a few other students, he also established a South African chapter for a UN accredited organization called Africa Youth Peace and Development. The NGO aimsat enabling and empowering disadvantaged and marginalized youth in Africa.  He also manages and roasts coffee at a café in the city.


Klara Vesela

Klara was born and raised in Prerov, the Czech Republic, and moved to Prague in 2013 for university studies. In the capital, she could finally explore her Jewish identity, and she took every advantage to do so. She is a board member of the Czech Union of Jewish Students, and wants to support her peers on their Jewish journeys.