What is the Meorot Fellowship?
The Meorot Fellowship, in existence for approximately twenty years, is committed to developing future Modern Orthodox spiritual and lay leaders – both men and women – through engaging college and graduate students in an environment of serious learning and honest discourse.
The fellowship devotes one evening per week for a period of four to six weeks to exploring the challenges and opportunities that modernity presents to Judaism and the Jewish people. Sessions consist of presentations given by leading academics, communal leaders, and rabbis followed by an open discussion, placing great emphasis on respect and tolerance as the cornerstones for healthy debate.
Past speakers include Rabbi Saul Berman, Rabba Yaffa Epstein, Rabbi Yitz Greenberg, Rabbi Dov Linzer, and Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus. We are proud of our Meorot alumni, many of whom have gone on to serve in important leadership positions in the Jewish community.
Where and When?
Candidates can apply to the fellowship in one of four locations during the 2016-2017 academic year:
Boston (Application Deadline: February 10 – First meeting is February 6 – try out the first session and apply afterward!) – Meeting Mondays in February and March at 6:30-9:00 at Harvard Hillel. (Open to students and recent graduate in the greater Boston area, with travel stipends available to Brandeis students) Theme: Israel and 21st Century Jewish Identity. Confirmed speakers include: Rabbi Aryeh Klapper, Dr. Chaim Saiman, Laura Shaw Frank, Rabbi Dr. Sharon Shalom and Rav Avi Weiss.
Maryland (Application Deadline: February 15 – First meeting is February 9 – try out the first session and apply afterward!) – Meeting Thursdays in February and March at the University of Maryland, College Park. Theme: Israel and 21st Century Jewish Identity, co-sponsored by Yeshivat Maharat. Confirmed speakers include: Laura Shaw Frank, Rabbi Asher Lopatin, Rabbi Avi Weiss and the Hon. Dr. Dov Zakheim.
New York City (Program completed) – Meeting 6 Thursdays, 6:30-9pm: October 27-December 8 (no session on Thanksgiving) at Columbia University. Theme: Israel and 21st Century Jewish Identity, co-sponsored by Yeshivat Maharat.
New Jersey (Program Completed) – Meeting in October, November and December at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Princeton University. The Rutgers program will be focusing on Big Challenges and Opportunities in 21st Century Modern Orthodoxy and meeting on October 27, November 10 and December 8. Princeton dates to be announced.
The Meorot Fellowship is open to current undergraduate students as well as recent college graduates. The weekly sessions include dinner and participants receive a stipend at the end of the program.
Want to Apply?
Please fill out the application below. For more information, contact Rabbi Yonah Berman at 212-666-0036