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    The Bronfman Fellowship

    The Bronfman Fellowship


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Destination: Israel, United States
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: Other, Five Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 11th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Leadership
    • Sub-Categories: Debate, Religious Studies, Jewish
    • Selective: Yes
    • Ages: 15, 16, 17
    • Minimum Cost: Free
    • Career Clusters: Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    THE BRONFMAN FELLOWSHIP begins with a free, intellectually adventurous summer in Israel and the U.S. in between Fellows' junior and senior year of high school. A pluralistic group of 26 Fellows explore deep existential questions and Jewish ideas while building friendships with peers who challenge and inspire them. 

    Every year, twenty-six outstanding North American teenagers are selected as Bronfman Fellows. The Fellowship begins with an immersive, all-expenses-paid summer in Israel and the U.S., followed by monthly virtual sessions and a winter and spring seminar in the U.S.  Fellows engage in thought-provoking study and conversation and make lifelong friends.

    Fellows encounter the land and people of Israel, study major issues in contemporary Jewish life, and meet with some of today's most influential figures. With the guidance of a diverse faculty of Rabbis and educators, the pluralistic group of Fellows have the opportunity to explore a wide range of Jewish texts, from classic religious documents to contemporary Israeli and American voices, using them to spark conversations, engage with stimulating existential questions, and achieve a deeper understanding of themselves and one another. 

    Fellows continue their association with the Fellowship through our extraordinarily active, 1400+ alumni community.