The Heschel Fellows Program

Bringing about effective change requires dedicated leadership. To that end, the flagship Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Program was established in 1999 order to develop a new generation of environmental leaders for Israel. It has already created a network of over 300 agents of change promoting sustainability in fields such as architecture and planning, agriculture, politics, health, business, media, government and education.

The Fellows Program reflects the multicultural character of Israeli society, including Jews and Arabs; religious and secular, residents of the center and the periphery. The huge success of the Fellows Program can be seen in its popularity and prestige, the eagerness of the graduates to participate in alumni activities and in the cumulative effects of its graduates' work in the field. This success is proof of our conviction that the most effective strategy for achieving social change is through investing in people, who can productively combine reflection and action.

The Fellows Program creates a space in which to delve into transformational interdisciplinary learning, networking and strategizing. Approximately 20 Fellows are trained every year as agents for change, and emerge at the end of the program informed, enriched and committed, with heightened awareness and dedication to sustainability issues in general and to implementing their personal projects in particular. The program persistently enlarges the growing circle of Friends of Heschel – sustainability leaders for Israel.

The Heschel Center

The Heschel Center for Sustainability works to promote a sustainable Israel: a just and cohesive society, a robust and democratic economy, and a healthy and productive environment for all its residents, now and in the future.