Are you the next ELI Speaker?
As Jews, we come from the tradition of Oral Torah. ELI's Speaker Fellowship is our hallmark program which aims to elevate the Jewish story tellers, tradition makers, and paradigm shifters of our generation who are continuing to be transmitters of Jewish tradition.
- You have an idea. It is not simply a story nor simply a question, rather it is a "thought or suggestion as to a possible course of action."
- That idea emerges out of a pattern of Jewish text, tradition, or thought. Rabbi Benay Lappe in her ELI Talk suggests that "every tradition seeks to create a certain kind of person." An ELI talk, then, examines a) what is a "Jewish kind of person" in your view and/or b) how is your idea a technology for creating a Jewish kind of person?
- You're clear on your why. This means you have a good sense as to why this idea--out of all the ideas we could be talking about--is important to yourself, to other people, to the Jewish community, and/or to the world.
- Your idea fits within our catalog--this means it is either a) a new topic for the ELI catalog OR b) a new perspective on the same topic.
After the written form, applicants 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 our Gather Voices app. (Please do not send us videos of previous speaking engagements or any examples not produced through the app.)
Have an inspired Jewish idea to share with the world? Apply now below (or come back to it later).