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For over 20 years, the Meorot Fellowship, a joint program of YCT and Yeshivat Maharat, has gathered exceptional college students to learn with distinguished academics, communal leaders, and rabbis. Meorot helps these students grow into future Jewish spiritual and lay leaders through serious learning and honest discourse, establishing a cross-campus community of powerful student voices.
Each monthly session includes presentations and shiurim followed by group discussions, emphasizing respect and tolerance as the cornerstones for healthy debate. These sessions are supplemented by regular chevruta study and a closing celebratory Shabbaton in New York.
Our topics touch on some of the most pressing issues of our day, including social justice, climate justice, halakha and gender, and core values of spiritual leadership. Popular past sessions include Gender in Jewish Thought and Law with Rabbi Jeff Fox (YCT ’04); Danger and Reasonability: Paskening Halakha for the Climate Crisis with Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff (YCT ’14); and On Denominations and Identity with Rabba Dina Brawer and Rabbi Ysoscher Katz.
Fellows complete a meaningful capstone project that brings their learning back to campus, thus extending the impact of their experiences. Upon completion, participants are awarded a $1,000 honorarium and may apply for additional funding through the Meorot Microgrant Program to advance their work on campus or in their communities.
Fellows are nominated by a Hillel professional or Jewish communal leader, after which an annual cohort of 14 student leaders is chosen based upon their proven campus leadership and interest in pursuing spiritual and/or lay leadership within the Jewish community. Nomination forms & applications are due by September 30, and fellowship awards will be announced by October 15.
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