JD Academy - World Jewish Congress



Develop skills for the WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps

The World Jewish Congress Jewish Diplomatic Corps Academy (JD Academy/JDA) is the bridge between one’s post-Fellowship experience and staying involved with the WJC. You can join the JD Academy if you are involved in your local Jewish community, Student Union, or another NextGen initiative. The JDA aims to give you the opportunities and skillsets to become top members of the WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps.

Who qualifies

Individuals who have fully completed one year of the Lauder Fellowship, were previously part of another NextGen initiative, or are members and emerging leaders of their local Jewish community or union are eligible.

Time commitment

The JD Academy program is designed to be flexible and adaptable to individual's needs. Depending on a member's age, prior experience, and level of engagement, the program duration is tailored to ensure you receive the most relevant and valuable learning experience. This flexible structure allows you to participate fully while balancing other commitment in your life. 


Receive necessary skills and trainings to become a future member of the Jewish Diplomatic Corps. 

Gain in-depth knowledge of WJC advocacy, priorities, actions, and JD Corps membership.

Programming and Opportunities.
Collaborate on JD Corps projects

Work on current projects alongside members of the Jewish Diplomatic Corps, if applicable.

Attend WJC sessions

JDA members can attend 4-5 exclusive sessions for JDA members every 2-3 months to garner a deeper understanding of the WJC.

Receive seed funding for projects

Apply for small seed grant funding to organize events and projects as a WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps Academy member.

Learn from JD career paths

Learn from current JDs on their career trajectory and how they are involved in the World Jewish Congress based on their expertise.

Attend WJC events

Receive invitations to attend WJC and WJC adjacent events. 

What are they up to?
Eliran Oz
2019-2020 Lauder Fellow

Eliran Oz is an international affairs and human rights professional, with experience working for governments, NGOs, and think tanks. He has a breadth of experience working around the UN, focusing on human rights and peace & security issues. He has a Masters in International from the Elliott School for International Affairs at the George Washington University and a Bachelors from New York University.

Dan Alpert
2020-2021 Lauder Fellow

Dan Alpert currently serves as the Global Engagements Coordinator for JCC Budapest, working to expand partnerships in the United States, raising funds for local operational efforts, and building relationships with other Jewish institutions throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to this role, Dan worked on labor and transportation policy for a State Delegate in the Maryland General Assembly

Nechama Huba
2021-2022 Lauder Fellow

Nechama Huba is a current Master’s student in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University and is beginning a PhD next year. Her main research interest lies in the threats to democratic stability, specifically in the rise of religious intolerance and extremist views. She recently completed an internship for the US State Department in the Office to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, where she worked with Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt.

Emma Hallali
2022-2023 Lauder Fellow

Emma Hallali is the President of the European Union of Jewish students. She holds a Master’s degree in European Law and International economic relations from the University Paris XII and another Master’s degree in European Law, Law and Technology in Europe that she pursued in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Noah Katz
2022-2023 Lauder Fellow

Noah Katz is the youngest chair of a Jewish community in the world, Lancaster & the Lakes, as well as the Chair of the Board of Deputies' Under 35 Assembly where they represent the Union of Jewish Students, and sit on the Board’s Executive. Outside of the Jewish community, Noah is on the boards of the National Union of Students where they serve as a Director of NUS UK and a Trustee of NUS Charity. They are working towards an MSc in Human Resource Management.