THE BRONFMAN FELLOWSHIP begins with a free, five-week summer in Israel 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 a five-week, all-expenses-paid summer in Israel, where 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.
The Fellowship year continues with monthly virtual experiences and a Spring seminar in the United States, usually in the Northeast. Fellows continue their association with the Fellowship through our extraordinarily active, 1200+ alumni community.
If you are intellectually adventurous, Jewish, and currently in 11th grade, apply to The Bronfman Fellowship (http://bronfman.org/become)! Deadline is December 1, 2019
Cost and Session Information
We cover all of our Fellows’ expenses, including their flights to Israel from JFK and their food, lodging, and travel over the summer. Fellows are asked to pay a small fee to offset the costs of the follow-up seminar. Financial need is never a barrier to participation and subsidies are available for travel to the interviews, to JFK for the start of Fellowship and for Fellowship Year programming and travel.
The Bronfman Fellowship High school students in the 11th grade who self-identify as Jewish, who are from the United States or Canada, and who will be 16 years old or older by June 28, 2020, are eligible for the 2020 Fellowship. (11th-grade students who are too young can apply in the 12th grade.)
Summer Dates: June 28 - August 5, 2020
Spring Seminar Dates: April 16 - April 20, 2021
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