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There are many great opportunities in North America and Israel that our program alumni can take advantage of - this list is not comprehensive.

Opportunities for High School Students
Opportunities for College Students and beyond

For High School Students:

Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel
The Bronfman Youth Fellowships In Israel is an all expenses paid, 5 week fellowship to Israel.  BYFI educates and inspires exceptional young Jews from diverse backgrounds to become active participants in Jewish culture throughout their lives, and to contribute their talents and vision to the Jewish community and to the world at large.  Every year, twenty-six outstanding North American teenagers are selected for The Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel. The Fellows come from all over the United States and Canada, from the widest possible range of Jewish backgrounds, and are selected based on merit, and not financial need. In their five weeks together, the Fellows encounter the land and people of Israel, study Judaism and major issues in contemporary Jewish life, and learn about themselves and each other. The summer is the beginning of a long-term association for the Fellows, which continues through our extraordinarily active alumni network.

Havaya International
Havaya International, a program of New York's 92nd Street Y, is a 4-week life-changing experience that offers the opportunity to travel like a local in both Israel and across the United States, while making a positive difference in our global village. Fifteen American teens and fifteen Israeli teens (going into 10th-12th grade) spend two weeks traveling throughout Israel with local Israelis from the 92nd Street Y's sister city, Ramat Hasharon, and two weeks in the U.S. getting the opportunity to share their lives with their Israeli counterparts. As all-inclusive non-denominational organizations that embrace pluralism, both the Y and the Ramat Hasharon Community Center have a long history of serving a broad range of populations that address an expansive array of issues, including those based on Jewish culture and heritage. Havaya International is dedicated to creating life-long friendships and to changing the world for the better.

High School Apprenticeship Program at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
The High School Apprenticeship Program offers New York City public high school students a challenging program of work and study as they learn about Jewish heritage, the Holocaust, and what goes on "behind-the-scenes" at a museum.

Kivunim: New Directions
Israel-centered but not Israel exclusive, Kivunim: New Directions will provide you with a unique opportunity for international travel and study with a focus on understanding the history and contemporary life of Jewish communities in other parts of the world while building appreciation and understanding of the multi-cultural world in which we live. Therefore, while based and rooted in Israel, Kivunim is built around field trips every 6 weeks to the Jewish communities of Greece, Turkey, Spain, Morocco, India, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia.  This new "pre-college" program is primarily for graduates of North American Jewish High Schools and high school graduates who attended Jewish day schools through middle school.

Or Tzedek: Teen Summer Institute for Social Justice
The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs' Or Tzedek Institute offers a unique summer program for Jewish high-school students looking to address urban issues such as poverty, inadequate housing and access to health care through hands-on service and high level learning.  Participants in Or Tzedek will: work hands-on with community groups in Chicago's underserved neighborhoods; strengthen their college application profiles; explore Jewish approaches to social justice with rabbis and other knowledgeable instructors; examine critical issues facing Chicago residents and the institutions that serve them; and enjoy Chicago in the summer!

Summer of Impact: An Activist's Adventure
Leadership training for teens passionate about politics, community service, and Judaism, JAM is a challenging and inspiring exploration of the connection between community service, activism, and Judaism. Based on the campus of the George Washington University in downtown D.C., JAM participants are a diverse group of Jewish high school students from across the country that participate in meaningful community service projects, study Jewish texts and values, and gain advocacy training from leading experts on domestic and international policy issues.

Young Judaea Year Course
Thinking about living and learning in Israel?
Year Course is the premier, accredited Israel Gap Year program sponsored by Young Judaea and Hadassah. The best way to understand Israel’s unique history, culture and geography is to live as a member of Israeli society. Participants spend three months in Jerusalem, Bat Yam (suburban Tel Aviv) and Arad. In each location they live in their own apartments, take Hebrew and other academic courses, and work within the community as volunteers. By exploring, volunteering and studying, the participants develop a close and lifelong connection to Israel. In An addition to Year Course you can specialize on a specific field:
    * Medical Track - Participants partake in an intensive 5-week medical program and become certified with Magen David Adom (MADA).
    * Digital Art – Participants learn graphic design and photo manipulation meet famous Israeli photographers and attend film festivals.
    * Visual Arts – Artists learn all the tools necessary to fine tune their craft in painting, drawing, sculpting,etc.
    * Performing Arts – Actors and Singers are trained by professionals and exposed to life as a performing artist in Israel.
    * Athletic Track – Especially designed for athletes, YCAP allows participants to practice their sport and train with professional athletes.
    * Culinary Arts – Participants gain experience through culinary classes at a professional school, and intern in hotels and restaurants for real-life experience.
    * Business Track- Introduces business-minded students to the worlds of Israeli hi-tech, globalization, business methodologies and business ethics.
    * Social Action Rwanda- combines study of Rwanda and exploration of the cultural and natural reserves within the African nation; learning about the Jewish value of tikkun Olam, fundraising projects; one-month learning and working with students at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda.
    * Shevet – Participants explore their Jewish belief and observance in an open orthodox framework.
    * Olami – Several tracks offer participants the chance to travel around the world and reflect on these travels in Israel.  Countries include Morocco, India, Uganda, eastern earope and more!

 For more information contact local New England representative Meital Fischer – 617-566-0666 ext 26.

For College Students and beyond:

At Brandeis University:

The Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry

The Brandeis-Genesis Institute (BGI) is an initiative that prepares Russian-speaking students from around the world to become effective community leaders fortified by Jewish knowledge, a systematic understanding of Russian Jewry, and a commitment to the future of the Jewish people. The BGI Undergraduate Fellowship Program provides significant funding and stipends for select Russian-speaking undergraduates at Brandeis University.  The program integrates academic study at Brandeis with BGI extra-curricular programming designed to enhance connections to the Russian-speaking Jewish world. Students choose their own majors and participate in specially designed programming such as community-based volunteer projects, student-designed cultural events and presentations, group retreats and leadership development seminars. Program alumni will bring Jewish engagement to their leadership in a broad variety of professional fields. 

KLAL: Brandeis Jewish Pluralism Dialogue Group
Klal is a weekly discussion group that delves into issues of Jewish pluralism from the Brandeis campus to the Jewish community at large. Discussion topics include holidays, kashrut, rituals, and Sherman cafeteria.

DeLeT Master of Arts in Teaching program
Open Doors with DeLeT and inspire the Jewish future
Become a Jewish day school teacher today

The DeLeT (Day school Leadership through Teaching) program at Brandeis University offers a unique opportunity to earn a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Brandeis University and MA state licensure through our 13 month program that prepares elementary Jewish, general studies, or (new this year!) Hebrew day school teachers. DeLeT interns spend a full academic year working in a local day school classroom with a mentor teacher in addition to Brandeis course work.

Program Features
• Generous scholarships awarded
• Year-long mentored internship
• Personal learning environment
• Close integration of courses and fieldwork
• Placement assistance as a teacher in a Jewish Day School
• Support during the first two years of teaching
• Membership in a growing alumni network

Check out our website and contact us at

You may also be interested in our sister program at HUC in California, or our secondary MAT in teaching Tanakh at Brandeis,


American Hebrew Academy
The AHA Fellowship Program seeks enthusiastic recent college graduates from all Jewish backgrounds who want to further their knowledge and hands-on experience in Jewish or secular studies teaching Jewish life, Information Technology, Athletics, and/or School Administration by living and working with talented Jewish teens. Fellows receive room, board, a stipend and health benefits at the American Hebrew Academy, the first and only pluralistic Jewish boarding high school in America located in Greensboro, North Carolina. It is situated on a beautiful park-like, 100-acre wooded campus that boasts a small lake, Jerusalem stone lined buildings, unparalleled facilities, a cutting edge technological environment and an extraordinarily gifted and committed community of faculty, staff, administrators, and especially students. For more information, please contact Leslie Grossman at

ADAMAH: The Jewish Environmental Fellowship
ADAMAH is a three month leadership training program for Jewish young adults — ages 20–29 —that integrates organic farming, sustainable living, Jewish learning, teaching, and contemplative spiritual practice. Fellows spend much of their time learning and practicing sustainable agriculture and animal husbandry on the four-acre ADAMAH farm and in small gardens throughout the retreat center. Fellows also participate in leadership training, community living, ecological and Jewish seminars with visiting faculty, and more.

Brandeis Collegiate Institute (BCI)
Think deeply. Express creatively. Live fully. Come to the Brandeis Collegiate Institute this summer and connect to Judaism on your own terms.

Through artistic expression, dynamic trans-denominational learning, spiritual reflection, and outdoor exploration, BCI provides you with a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the diversity of Jewish culture, to envision your own Jewish life, and to connect to community. Sing, dance, sculpt, write, act, and *express yourself through the arts* with our gifted professional artists-in-residence as they guide you through a creative process of spiritual and artistic discovery. *Plant and harvest in our organic garden*, preserve trees and trails, go horseback riding, hike new trails and camp out under the stars. Immerse yourself in discussions about Jewish texts, philosophy, history, culture, and issues of identity, ethics, and community with some of *the leading thinkers in the Jewish world*. Join other Jewish adults (ages 18-26) from around the world for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) Education Fellows work with Jewish communities across the South that range in size from one student to over 600 students, many of which have limited access to professional Jewish resources. The ISJL’s mission is to ensure that all Jewish children in our Southern region will receive an excellent Jewish education no matter where they live or the size of their religious school.

Education Fellows work to create a common body of Jewish knowledge by:
    * Assisting teachers in implementing a comprehensive religious school curriculum
    * Traveling twice a month to Jewish communities across the South
    * Leading Shabbat and holiday services
    * Creating religious school programming for all age groups
    * Organizing and directing an annual education conference
    * Assisting with community and cultural programming
    * Recruiting new communities

ISJL Education Fellows gain tremendous experience in Jewish communal services and leadership skills over the two year fellowship period as well as the opportunity to travel to unique Jewish communities in the South. Education Fellows are based in our office in Jackson, MS. On-the-job training is provided, as well as salary, expenses and benefits. Education Fellows in the past have been accepted into top graduate programs and received quality job offers in the Jewish community.  To apply: please send a résumé, cover letter and two references. We accept applications on a rolling basis. Those received by January 15, 2012 will receive priority consideration.  For more information contact:
Rachel Stern, 210-375-6810,,

Jewish Organizing Initiative Fellowship Program
The Jewish Organizing Fellowship is recruiting emerging social justice leaders for our year-long, paid community organizing training program in Boston. The Fellowship is a professional development opportunity for Jewish young adults (ages 21-30) who are currently working as organizers or who are looking for jobs in the field. If not already employed, Fellows are placed in full-time paid jobs that address a wide range of issues including: the environment, civil rights, health care, and interfaith cooperation. We seek Fellows who are eager to learn the theory and practice of community organizing and explore the connections between Judaism and social justice.

Early Selection Deadline: January 30, 2012
Regular Selection Deadline: May 7, 2012

Museum of Jewish Heritage Internship
Learn, Teach, and Inspire: As a Lipper intern you will come to the Museum in New York City for ten days to learn the moving story of 20th century Jewish life and the Holocaust. Upon returning to your college campus for the semester, you will teach students in local classrooms and lead them on trips to the Museum. Through the Lipper Internship, college undergraduate and graduate participants of all ages and backgrounds will inspire students across the Northeast with universal messages of memory, justice, and hope.

Machon Kaplan

Machon Kaplan is a unique summer work/study internship program for undergraduate students from college campuses across North America interested in Judaism and social justice. Based in Washington, D.C. at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, it provides students with a meaningful internship dealing with social justice issues; the opportunity to engage in academic study that relates to their internships; and, a community of like-minded students to share the experience together in a group living atmosphere. Students learn, through study and action, the interrelationship of Judaism and American democratic ideals, as well as the political interaction of the organized American Jewish community and the U.S. government, while gaining a foundation of Jewish knowledge to help ground the political issues on which the Center works.

Pardes: Institute of Jewish Studies
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies is a coed, non-denominational center for Jewish learning in Jerusalem. Pardes offers a unique combination of intellectual openness, rigorous textual analysis, and opportunities for spiritual growth. Through hevrutah study (partner learning) under the guidance of dynamic teachers, Pardes aims to provide skills for in-depth Jewish learning, encourages students to grapple with the relevance of ancient texts and the modern world, and increases students’ knowledge of their Jewish heritage. Learning is centered around the beit midrash (hall of study). Morning studies are focused on Hebrew Bible and Talmud with a variety of electives offered in the afternoon. Classes are augmented by non-mandatory Shabbat celebration, tours of Israel, and volunteering opportunities, to create a wonderfully rich experience.

Taglit-birthright Israel
Taglit-birthright israel provides the gift of first time, peer group, educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26. Taglit-birthright Israel's founders created this program to send thousands of young Jewish adults from all over the world to Israel as a gift in order to diminish the growing division between Israel and Jewish communities around the world; to strengthen the sense of solidarity among world Jewry; and to strengthen participants' personal Jewish identity and connection to the Jewish people.

Tikvah Post BA Fellowship
The Tikvah Post-BA Fellowship is a one-year program for exceptional recent BA graduates interested in Jewish ideas and Jewish affairs. The fellowship will be based in New York City and each fellow will receive a stipend of $40,000.

The program is open to all recent BA graduates-from the US, Israel, or anywhere in the world. Who should apply, and why?
* Individuals who have a more mature sense, after finishing their BA program, of both their distinct intellectual strengths and those areas of thought where they need to learn more.
* Individuals who are considering, among different concrete options, what their own next career or educational steps should be.
* Individuals who have applied and been accepted to graduate school, law school, or rabbinical school and who would benefit from a year of study, work, and mentorship before returning full-time to the traditional classroom.
* Individuals who are interested in beginning their careers as teachers, writers, editors, researchers, or activists, and for whom the fellowship would offer an exciting first job.

Tiyul B'Aretz
Tiyul B'Aretz, as its name suggests, is all about getting students out of the classroom and giving students a real-life and up-close experience of the multiple faces and facets of Israel during a semester long study abroad program.  While engaged in four academic courses, students will spend the semester traveling to different locations in Israel, from the southern Negev to the Golan Heights, and use the land and people of Israel as their teachers and guides.  Tiyul B'Aretz is accredited by Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and is a MASA-sponsored program.  Tiyul B'Aretz will be launching in Spring 2013.  You can learn more about the details of the program by visiting the website at:

The WUJS Institute in Arad
The WUJS Institute is an independent organization dedicated to educating Jewish adults from all over the world in an open pluralistic environment. Taken over by Hadassah WUJS Arad in 2006, WUJS Arad is part of YJ Impact, the university Zionist movement of Hadassah. The Institute offers one of the best Ulpan (intensive Hebrew) programs in Israel, as well as extensive courses in Israel and Jewish learning. All of the classes cater to a range of Hebrew and Jewish knowledge. Participants have the opportunity to get better acquainted with Israel and Judaism through the non-classroom components of the program as well: nature hikes, weekly field seminars, Shabbat and holiday programming, "adopting" families and social activities. WUJS Arad enable young Jewish graduates and professionals to experience Israel in the most creative and exciting manner possible.

Yeshivat Hadar: Transformative Summer and Year-Round Experiences
Yeshivat Hadar is North America's first full-time egalitarian yeshiva in New York City.  Men and women looking for intense traditional text study, egalitarian prayer, and social action, with a special focus on personal religious growth, are invited to apply.  Download an application at (  Fellows receive full tuition remission and a stipend intended to help cover the cost of living expenses.  Please visit for more specific information including dates and a tentative schedule with course descriptions.