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Two Fellows from Jews of Color Initiative Begin Placements with Repair the World
January 3, 2023 – Two fellows with the Jews of Color Initiative (JoCI) bring their talents to Repair the World as part of a ten month fellowship for young adults to gain first-hand experience working in the Jewish nonprofit sector. The JoCI New York Hub’s Leadership Fellowship offers a cohort experience, paired placement at a Jewish nonprofit in New York City, mentorship, networking, and professional development, establishing a pipeline for Jews of Color to grow professionally in the Jewish institutional ecosystem.
Jonah Levy and Nicole Daghighian from New York City have already begun their work with Repair the World and are being thoughtfully integrated into their teams based on their professional interests and skills–Jonah on the marketing and communications team and Nicole on the data team.
“We are beyond excited to have Jonah and Nicole join Repair the World through the Jews of Color Initiative Leadership Fellowship,” said Kate O’Bannon, Repair the World’s Chief Strategy Officer. “Their perspective and talents will enable us to engage more young adults in meaningful Jewish service. We look forward to supporting Jonah and Nicole as they learn and grow in their roles within the strategy team at Repair. Our partnership with JoCI enables us to live our value of action and learning, na’aseh v’nishma, as we collaborate and learn together.”
About the Jews of Color Fellowship
The Jews of Color Initiative’s Leadership Fellowship is designed for young adult Jews of Color to gain first-hand experience working in the Jewish nonprofit sector. The Leadership Fellowship, based in JoCI’s New York Hub which is supported by UJA-Federation of New York, offers a cohort experience, paired placement at a Jewish nonprofit in New York City, mentorship, networking, and professional development. This program establishes a pipeline for Jews of Color to grow professionally in the Jewish institutional ecosystem.
Jonah is an illustrator based in New York City, and a JoCI Leadership Fellow placed at Repair the World. Jonah believes the nonprofit sector can bridge cultural gaps, and is guided by his own personal commitments towards expansive representation of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC). Stylistically whimsical and bold in nature, Jonah’s illustrations prioritize accessibility, using engaging animations to convey messages visually. After attending East Stroudsburg University, he combined his writing and visual representation towards mass communication and social media. Jonah is using his visual arts and communications skills to support the social media and marketing team at Repair the World. Beyond creating visual art, he adores his cat, watching mini documentaries, and observing the world around him.
Nicole is an Iranian American Jew born in the Upper East Side and raised in West Los Angeles. As a Leadership Fellow, Nicole is placed at Repair the World, where she will contribute to their data management projects. Nicole previously worked with Repair the World as a service corps member in early 2021. She organized inventory and helped plan Aviva Children and Family Services events in Hollywood, CA. Nicole also worked in medical sales, where she assisted surgeons in the operating room. Nicole is passionate about assisting people and understanding the methodologies of lead management, which she will focus on during her time as a Fellow. Nicole has a Bachelor of Science from UC Davis in Global Disease Biology.
About Repair the World
Repair the World mobilizes Jews and their communities to take action to pursue a just world, igniting a lifelong commitment to service. In 2009, Repair the World began elevating meaningful service as a defining element of Jewish life by engaging Jewish young adults in service and learning to meet pressing local needs. Today, inspired by our values, we activate a national service movement, mobilizing partners and tens of thousands of Jewish young adults and their communities to serve alongside our neighbors. By 2026, Repair will inspire and catalyze one million acts of service towards repairing the world.
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