• I am a Jew of color. Is Hineni for me?

    We embrace diversity and welcome Jews of all backgrounds, denominational affiliations, genders, and races. The work we are doing is, in part, to redress the feelings of outsider status that many of us have struggled with as LGBTQ and as being Jewish. Please apply.

    I keep kosher. Can I eat with you
    guys?

    As an inclusive Jewish leadership program, we want to make sure that everyone feels comfortable eating together as part of our cohort building. That’s what makes us an intentional community. All of our meals and snacks will be kosher. If you have other special dietary needs, please let us know.

    I have concerns about gender and safety issues and have had negative experiences in the past. Will this be a safe space for me?

    As a thoughtful, loving community founded on respect for individual choices and sensitivities, we will do our best to ensure that everyone feels safe, valued and supported. If there are particular issues that may get in the way of your participation, please contact us to discuss. We want to accommodate everyone and want to make sure that we can.

    Will I feel politically safe here?

    There are LGBTQ Democrats and LGBTQ Republicans and LGBTQ independent voters. All are welcome here. We honor political differences
    and aim to create together a respectful space to hear each other.

    If I’m not Jewish, can I register for this program?

    We are creating an intentional community of Jewish LGBTQ leaders and future leaders and we ask that all of our applicants have a strong history and identity within these spheres. We are not here to check your private life and trust us if you tell us that you are Jewish. We welcome Jews and Jews by choice.

    If I am not a member of LBGTQ community but a strong ally, can I register?

    Thank you for being an ally. Please understand that there are many wonderful leadership programs but very few for the Jewish LGBTQ
    community. We have to limit the pool.

    Are there scholarships?

    There will be a tuition fee of $500 for the one year program, as well as travel expenses to and from the retreats. Scholarships are available on
    a need base only. We want you to be part of our cohort so please don’t let tuition and travel get in the way of your participation. Let’s talk.

    I’m more interested learning about Judaism than in leadership. Is this for me?

    While Jewish learning is a core component of the Hineni Leadership Fellowship and an important framework for Jewish leadership, the
    program is primarily to develop leaders and is not a literacy-based program.