Open Doors Fellowship Application: 2020

GatherDC’s signature Open Doors Fellowship is an innovative initiative that brings together and trains self-proclaimed “people persons” to become go-to leaders, conveners, and facilitators of DC Jewish life. 

Now in its sixth cohort, this 6-month fellowship teaches a group of 8-12 extraordinary young adults from across DC how to be exceptional relationship builders and create a more welcoming, inclusive local Jewish community. Our alumni explain it best:

"This fellowship allowed me to affect the Jewish community by encouraging me to listen to the community's needs and providing me with resources to create positive change."

"The Open Doors Fellowship helped me remember what I love about Judaism, as well as learn how to work with others to create a Jewish community that speaks more deeply to more of us.

"Gather's Open Doors Fellowship is a group of relentless extroverts who love building connections and community, especially in a Jewish context. We spend months schmoozing our way through [Jewish DC] to help everyone find their place."

Cost: Free
Location: Sessions will be held at GatherDC's Dupont Circle townhouse; weekend retreat will be at Pearlstone Center in Reistertown, MD (transportation will be provided)
Contact: Josef Palermo -
Dates6 months from February 25th to June 30th
  • Meeting #1: Tuesday, February 25
  • Meeting #2: Tuesday, March 10
  • Meeting #3: Tuesday, March 24
  • Meeting #4: Tuesday, April 7
  • Meeting #5: Tuesday, April 21
  • Weekend Retreat: Friday, May 1 - Sunday, May 3 (tentative)
  • Meeting #6: Tuesday, May 5
  • Meeting #7: Tuesday, May 19
  • Meeting #8: Tuesday, June 2
  • Meeting #9: Tuesday, June 16
  • Meeting #10: Tuesday, June 30


The dates for the 2020 Open Doors Fellowship can be found here.