Fellowship Programme

Applications for the René Cassin-AJA Fellowship Programme 2019 cohort are now open.

The René Cassin – AJA Fellowship Programme (RCFP) brings together a cohort of exceptional professionals to explore human rights issues through a unique Jewish lens. The ten month programme provides individuals with the knowledge, skills and contacts needed to enhance their activism in the areas of social justice and human rights.

2019 Cohort

Life in Hungary Under the Nazis

By Jeffrey Newman For me, this was the session when the Fellowship first began to ‘gel’. Partially this is the result of the number of meetings and the time in the Pub, but more it was the open human approach of Marta whose warmth and personal story allowed us to connect with her and therefore […]

Fighting Hate Crime and Discrimination: The Jewish Standpoint

Learn about the takeaways from our latest session by one of our Fellows

Reflection on Session Three: Immigration Detention

by Mo Makin The topic of discussion for this session was immigration detention. Immigration always seems to be in the News. Politicians and journalists are mostly seen questioning how much immigration the UK has? What type of immigrants are coming and where those immigrants are from? I feel that because the majority of focus on […]

Reflections on Session Two Modern Slavery

By Josh Vuglar Am I not a man and a brother? From the story of the oppression of the Jews in Egypt as told in the Book of Exodus, to the brutality of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, slavery often seems something distant and remote. A horror consigned to history forever more. Yet, slavery persists and […]

Reflections on Session One

By Claudia Hyde The 2019 René Cassin-AJA Fellowship Programme kicked off on 29 January 2019 with the inaugural session, where we were introduced to each other and to the themes of the programme. With eight participants, this year’s cohort is benefiting from a diverse range of experiences and professional backgrounds, which include public health, rabbinical […]

Meet the 2019 Cohort of René Cassin AJA Fellows

We are excited to welcome our new Cohort of Fellows, read all about them here.

2019 Fellowship Programme

The programme provides individuals with the knowledge, skills and contacts needed to enhance their activism.

2019 Fellows

Meet the 2019 Cohort of René Cassin AJA Fellows

We are excited to welcome our new Cohort of Fellows, read all about them here.

Sessions

Life in Hungary Under the Nazis

By Jeffrey Newman For me, this was the session when the Fellowship first began to ‘gel’. Partially this is the result of the number of meetings and the time in the Pub, but more it was the open human approach of Marta whose warmth and personal story allowed us to connect with her and therefore […]

Fighting Hate Crime and Discrimination: The Jewish Standpoint

Learn about the takeaways from our latest session by one of our Fellows

Reflection on Session Three: Immigration Detention

by Mo Makin The topic of discussion for this session was immigration detention. Immigration always seems to be in the News. Politicians and journalists are mostly seen questioning how much immigration the UK has? What type of immigrants are coming and where those immigrants are from? I feel that because the majority of focus on […]

Reflections on Session Two Modern Slavery

By Josh Vuglar Am I not a man and a brother? From the story of the oppression of the Jews in Egypt as told in the Book of Exodus, to the brutality of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, slavery often seems something distant and remote. A horror consigned to history forever more. Yet, slavery persists and […]

Reflections on Session One

By Claudia Hyde The 2019 René Cassin-AJA Fellowship Programme kicked off on 29 January 2019 with the inaugural session, where we were introduced to each other and to the themes of the programme. With eight participants, this year’s cohort is benefiting from a diverse range of experiences and professional backgrounds, which include public health, rabbinical […]

2018 Cohort

Campaigning 101 with Barry Sheerman MP

Fellow Lauren Chaplin reflect on the programme’s 6th session: Parliamentary Lobbying and Campaigning Seatbelts. Those ubiquitous details of the commute, the school run, the long drive to see family. We use them every day – but it wasn’t always that way. Parliamentary initiatives to make the use of seatbelts compulsory failed on successive occasions, until […]

René Cassin AJA Fellows go to Budapest!

The trip offered our Fellows the opportunity to learn about why Hungarian society has embraced nationalism, how its ascendance has affected human rights & its impact on organised civil society.

Day One – Philosophy, history & activism

Lauren Chaplin reflects on Day One, where Fellows met with Professor Gabor Balzas, Aniko Feliz of the Tom Lantos Institute and activist and academic Eszter Susan.

Day Three – Jewish, Roma and LGBTQI intersectionality

Bella Lever is “particularly struck by the interaction and overlap” between the Jewish, LGBTQI and GRT organisations that the Fellows encounter on Day Three.

Day Four – Charity Taxi Project

Sam Alston reflects on the Fellows’ fourth day in Budapest.

Meet the 2018 Cohort of René Cassin AJA Fellows

Meet our 2018 Cohort of exceptional Fellows.

Discrimination & hate crime – issues uniting Jews and Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

Fellow Talia Blank reflects on the programme’s fourth session on discrimination and hate crime – “in 2016 – 2017, 80,000 hate crimes were recorded by the Police in England and Wales”…

Asylum, refuge & detention

Samantha Linfield discusses the programme’s third session on indefinite detention, led by the Director of Detention Action.

Modern slavery is insidious

It’s in the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and the IT we rely on – Bella Lever reflects on the Fellowship Programme’s second session.

From Magna Carta to the 2010 Equality Act – the opening session of 2018’s Fellowship Programme

Lauren Chaplin discusses session one – introductions and a crash course on human rights with Doughty Street barrister and RightsInfo founder Adam Wagner.

2018 Fellows

Meet the 2018 Cohort of René Cassin AJA Fellows

Meet our 2018 Cohort of exceptional Fellows.

Budapest

René Cassin AJA Fellows go to Budapest!

The trip offered our Fellows the opportunity to learn about why Hungarian society has embraced nationalism, how its ascendance has affected human rights & its impact on organised civil society.

Day One – Philosophy, history & activism

Lauren Chaplin reflects on Day One, where Fellows met with Professor Gabor Balzas, Aniko Feliz of the Tom Lantos Institute and activist and academic Eszter Susan.

Day Three – Jewish, Roma and LGBTQI intersectionality

Bella Lever is “particularly struck by the interaction and overlap” between the Jewish, LGBTQI and GRT organisations that the Fellows encounter on Day Three.

Day Four – Charity Taxi Project

Sam Alston reflects on the Fellows’ fourth day in Budapest.

Sessions

Campaigning 101 with Barry Sheerman MP

Fellow Lauren Chaplin reflect on the programme’s 6th session: Parliamentary Lobbying and Campaigning Seatbelts. Those ubiquitous details of the commute, the school run, the long drive to see family. We use them every day – but it wasn’t always that way. Parliamentary initiatives to make the use of seatbelts compulsory failed on successive occasions, until […]

Discrimination & hate crime – issues uniting Jews and Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

Fellow Talia Blank reflects on the programme’s fourth session on discrimination and hate crime – “in 2016 – 2017, 80,000 hate crimes were recorded by the Police in England and Wales”…

Asylum, refuge & detention

Samantha Linfield discusses the programme’s third session on indefinite detention, led by the Director of Detention Action.

Modern slavery is insidious

It’s in the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and the IT we rely on – Bella Lever reflects on the Fellowship Programme’s second session.

From Magna Carta to the 2010 Equality Act – the opening session of 2018’s Fellowship Programme

Lauren Chaplin discusses session one – introductions and a crash course on human rights with Doughty Street barrister and RightsInfo founder Adam Wagner.

2017 Cohort

Our 2017 René Cassin Fellows

This year we have six brilliant Fellows examining human rights through a Jewish lens.

Budapest 2017 – Roma fashions shows and inspiring activists

Our 2017 René Cassin Fellows recently returned from a trip to Budapest, where refugees, Roma and sexual minorities are under attack from Hungary’s nationalist government.

2015 Cohort

Meet the 2015 René Cassin Fellows

Read the biographies of our 2015 Fellows from the UK, USA and Israel.

2015 Budapest Study Tour

In June 2015, we took a party of young professionals from the UK, US and Israel to Budapest to learn about human rights from a Jewish perspective.

2014 Cohort

2014 René Cassin Fellows

Meet our 2014 Cohort of René Cassin – AJA Fellows.

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