Welcome to J-Fellows

Each year, hundreds of young Jews in Ottawa are launching their professional lives and are seeking skills such as how to approach interviews, how to write a resume, how to stand out in one's chosen field, and more.

A unique excellence program 

J-Fellows is uniquely aimed at supporting young professionals through skill development and opportunities for collaborative action, with focused and overarching goals: to learn, to lead, and to contribute to your workplaces and community. In short: we seek to provide you with a hands-on experiential learning opportunity where you will develop and grow a lasting network.


Participants will take part in five sessions over three months. Each session will be led by Jewish professionals speaking about work and leadership in the workplace. Participants will have the opportunity to benefit from their leading-edge perspective, personal insights, and best practices. 

Alongside the general sessions, mentees will benefit from the support of a mentor in their profession, who will meet with them monthly for a one-on-one meeting and guide them to succeed in their field.

Participant Selection Process:

Ten participants will be carefully selected for the exclusive J-Fellows program after filling out an application and completing the personal interview. Please note that all candidates are required to attend at least four out of five sessions to complete the program.

We are excited to announce J-Fellows 2024 programming!

Session 1: Personality Poker – April 4

Session 2: Strategic Marketing and Leadership – April 17

Session 3: Tikkun Olam – May 8

Session 4: Financial Fluency – May 22

Session 5: Inspiring an Inclusive Workplace – June 5

All sessions start at 7 pm and last approximately 2 hours.
For more information, contact Michael Reznik at mreznik@jewishottawa.com

J-Fellows Chair, Michelle Jenicek Zilbergerts
Michelle is looking forward to serving as the 2024 Chair of the J-fellows program. As a former participant of the program, she is eager to share this impactful opportunity with a new cohort of young professionals. Michelle moved to Ottawa in 2021 for her work as an economist in the federal government. Since then, Michelle has actively engaged with the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, notably co-chairing the 2023 Emerging Generations campaign. Michelle is dedicated to creating an enriching environment where this year's J-fellows can learn, lead, and make meaningful contributions to the community.