George Weinstein Fellowship

Milwaukee’s future leaders begin with Weinstein

The George Weinstein Fellowship is the leadership development program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. It seeks to develop the next generation of leaders within the Milwaukee Jewish community through training, service and connection. By bringing together a diverse group of young adults to learn leadership skills and become key decision makers the fellowship produces a cohort of committed individuals to fill volunteer leadership positions not only at the Federation, but at synagogues and other Jewish organizations throughout the city.

Fellows meet regularly for approximately 18 months to develop a cohesive community, learn leadership skills oriented towards effective volunteerism and get an in-depth look at Milwaukee Jewish communal life and organizations. A unique part of the curriculum is a highly subsidized trip to Israel in which Fellows meet with peers in our Partnership2Gether region, Sovev-Kinneret, as well as tour and learn about leadership through an Israeli lens. The structure of the program includes guest speakers, community leaders, leadership style assessments as well as Jewish learning and community building.

The Fellowship was established by the Weinstein family to honor the memory of George Weinstein, a Milwaukee businessman and philanthropist who was committed to ensuring that the Milwaukee Jewish community goes from strength to strength across the generations. It has become a nationally recognized program and is studied by other communities as a model for developing young leaders. Learn more about George Weinstein.

Become a part of a network of over 150 Milwaukee Jewish leaders that have previously completed the Weinstein Fellowship!

If you have questions about the application process, fellowship commitment, or eligibility, please reach out to Next Gen Director Kelly Biedinger.

Note: Professional leaders who work for the Milwaukee Jewish Federation or Federation-affiliated organizations are not eligible for the Weinstein Fellowship.

Weinstein Curriculum

The 18-month Weinstein curriculum is designed to build the next generation of leaders in Milwaukee. It is comprised of several parts where fellows will:

  • Learn about the Jewish community in Milwaukee, nationally, and around the world;
  • Develop their leadership capacity;
  • Acquire meaningful and practical skills to lead in our community

Fellows will regularly interact with and learn from experts in various fields, community leaders and each other. Sessions will be interactive in order for fellows to learn and practice new topics. 

What’s Expected

Fellows are expected to participate in all the sessions. The calendar will be provided well in advance to facilitate scheduling. 

  • Meet one evening per month from December 2021-May 2023
  • Attend two all-day Sunday retreats 
  • Participate in a 10-day Israel trip (dates TBD)
  • Attend optional quarterly social events

We are no longer accepting applications. Deadline to apply was October 29th.

Past Photos

Weinstein 8 Graduation
Weinstein 8 Israel Trip
Weinstein 7 Virtual Graduation
Weinstein 7 Sessions
Weinstein 7 Israel Trip
Weinstein 6 Graduation
Weinstein 6 Israel Trip
Weinstein 5 Graduation
Weinstein 5 Israel Trip
Weinstein 4 Graduation
Weinstein 4 Israel Trip