Are you the next ELI Speaker?

ELI opens our speaker selection process not just to popular personalities, but to the entire spectrum of the Jewish world. ELI talks address Jewish religious engagement (E), Jewish literacy (L), and Jewish identity (I). Talks on religious engagement encourage viewers to explore practice, observance, ritual and structures of the Jewish community. Talks that delve into literacy promote the understanding and exploration of Jewish texts and tradition and the process and importance of Jewish literacy. Talks about identity explore the individual and collective identity of Jews, including ideas of 'peoplehood' and the place of Israel. One or more of these elements lie at the heart of every talk.
Through ELI’s unique coaching process the cohort of ELI speakers are partnered with talented coaches and each other to learn Jewish text, storytelling, and stage presence skills to help them refine their idea, Jewishly source that idea, and compellingly deliver their talk unaided on a stage in front of a live studio audience. ELI uses the latest in technology to film, stream, and edit these events into individual talks. These talks are designed to be shared on social media platforms, presented in schools and educational curricula, and used by organizations, making these inspired Jewish ideas accessible to more people in more places than ever before. 
Do you think you have an inspired Jewish idea? Here's what you need to know:
  • An ELI idea should help the viewer deepen or renew their connection to  Jewish religious engagement (E), Jewish literacy (L), and/or Jewish identity (I)
  • ELI is most interested in sharing new ideas that have not been shared elsewhere, especially on video. This is not the place to submit your "stump speech." Be adventurous!
  • Note that the selection committee will decide based primarily on 4 criteria:
    • An ELI talk shares an "inspired Jewish idea," not simply a good idea intended for the Jewish community. A simple critique or suggestion for Jewish organizations and the way we do Judaism now does not make an ELI talk. The speaker must explicitly demonstrate that the idea presented emerges from within Judaism.
    • You can clearly and concisely articulate your idea. This means that, if you are telling a story or a history, you are clearly unpacking the lessons you want folks to learn from your story.
    • Your idea matters to today's conversation.
    • Your idea fits within our catalogue--this means it is either a) a new topic for the ELI catalog OR b) a new perspective of the same topic.
  • After the written form, you will be asked to submit a 1-minute video through our app of yourself presenting the core of your idea. This will help us get a sense of who you are as a speaker, how you present yourself, and your ability to convey an idea in a limited time frame. Your application is not complete until you submit the video through the Propelit app.
We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2017 Production (meetings with coaches will span from June until August 2017). We love workshopping ideas with potential ELI speakers so they can submit the most effective application possible. Please contact ELI Talks Program Coordinator, Mary Rubenstein, to talk about your idea or answer any questions about the speaker process you might have today.

Have an inspired Jewish idea to share with the world? Apply now!

Or maybe you know just the right person to speak and you'd like to tell us about them. Tell us here!