AABGU is creating a community of leaders committed to fulfilling David Ben-Gurion’s vision for Israel’s Negev region.
The AABGU Zin Fellows Leadership Program is an in-depth immersion into the issues involved in the continuing development of the Negev, Israel’s southern desert region.
Each cohort consists of 15 to 20 outstanding current and future community leaders from across the United States, in their 30s to 50s, who are interested in a new and unique opportunity to be engaged in the future of Israel through their connection to the Negev region.
The program is comprised of two two-day seminars in the U.S. and a week-long seminar in Israel. The program’s teachers are drawn from BGU’s faculty, as well as guest speakers, from a range of disciplines. By exploring the Negev’s history, topography, geography, demography and sustainability, fellows come to understand and appreciate the unique role the Negev plays in the unfolding development of the State of Israel.
Through study and group engagement, the program imparts insights into the challenges that lie ahead for the Negev and the knowledge for how to play a part in surmounting them.
The result will be a connected group of informed leaders who can return to their communities equipped with the tools and excitement to share about Israel and the Negev and inspire continued engagement with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
See below for information about eligibility, applications, cost, and program dates.
Download the program brochure to learn more.
Eligibility and Applications
The men and women selected to participate as Zin fellows have demonstrated leadership abilities in their personal, professional and/or community lives. They are committed to Israel and its future, and are dedicated to the pursuit of a meaningful educational experience through the program.
Participation in the program is by application only. Nominations are coordinated through the AABGU regional offices.
The program is funded by American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev through the generosity of several sponsors. All domestic and international travel, lodging and program expenses are covered.
Participants are asked to make a minimum $5,000 contribution at the conclusion of the two-year program.
Cohort V Program Dates
||Nomination and Application Process
||Zin Fellows Cohort V Announced
||Orientation Conference Call
|April 27-29, 2020
||First Gathering (East Coast)
|December 7-9, 2020
||Second Gathering (West Coast)
|March 13-19, 2021
||Seminar in Israel
For more information, contact your AABGU regional office.