Taglit-Birthright Israel opened registration this week for Cohort 3 of Taglit Fellows, the professional development program launched in 2014 in partnership with the iCenter for Israel Education as an intensive program for exceptional Jewish leaders and aspiring Jewish educators looking to staff Taglit-Birthright Israel trips. The first two cohorts included nearly 200 fellows, selected from more than 1,000 applicants. The program will welcome another group of motivated and talented people, who will increase the quality of the Taglit-Birthright Israel experience and play roles in the ongoing Jewish journeys of young adults. Registration is at www.taglitfellows.com and is open through May 15, 2015.

The program includes a four-day in-person seminar, interactive training, and in-depth conversations with master Israel educators, focusing on a range of areas, including how effective storytelling is a tool for education and engagement; how to create ritual moments with personal meaning, and what experiential education might look like at a range of sites in Israel. In addition, fellows engage in online learning and workshops in experiential Jewish education, and over time they form a close network of peers.

The program, funded by the Maimonides Fund, accepts 100 participants, 22 and older, every six months. The majority of fellows become leaders, educators, and connectors in their Jewish communities, either professionally or personally. The first fellows staffed winter 2014/2015 trips, and Cohort 2 fellows will begin staffing this summer.

Taglit-Birthright Israel has sent close to 500,000 young Jewish adults to Israel from more than 66 countries and from all 50 U.S. states, including students from nearly 1,000 North American college campuses, accompanied by more than 70,000 Israelis.

Taglit-Birthright Israel has a unique, historic, and innovative partnership with the government of Israel, thousands of individual donors, and private philanthropists and Jewish communities around the world, through Jewish Federations of North America, Keren Hayesod, and the Jewish Agency of Israel. Go to taglitfellows.com and follow #TaglitFellows for information.