Undergraduate Teaching Fellows Program

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2023–24 Undergraduate Teaching Fellows

MCSJE's Undergraduate Teaching Fellows Program offers professional learning to Brandeis undergraduates who are working in supplemental Jewish education. Working in collaboration with other student fellows, under the mentorship of a master educator, they are exploring their own Jewish journeys, reflecting on their teaching, developing new inquiry skill, and gaining insight into their students’ learning.

Participants meet six times per semester. Each presents a lesson to peers and provides thoughtful feedback to others.

Recruitment is now open for the 2024-25 fellowship. Sign up for an online information session or complete the application now.

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2023-24 Fellows

  • Rachel Araten ’24
  • Sophia Berlinger ’27
  • Tali Gordon-Knight ’24
  • Mateo Levin ’27
  • Sadie Lieberman ’27
  • Abby Litwin ’27
  • Naomi Stephenson ’26
  • Sophia Stewart ’26

Fellowship Highlights

  • Explore educational theory and pedagogy
  • Investigate best practices for classroom management
  • Share challenges & dilemmas in a safe space
  • Learn how to support students with special needs
  • Mentoring from an experienced Jewish educator
  • Reflect on & hone your unique teaching style
  • Practice lesson planning

Testimonials from Past Fellows

“Because the UTF program frames Jewish supplementary education as holy work and then treats it as such, I feel as though I really have a new appreciation for how important supplementary education is, and my role as a teacher is a much more important part of my week, as well as holding more influence in the development of my own Jewish identity.”

“In particular, I have come to understand that supplementary school is about creating a positive connection and association with Jewish learning and identity for our students.”

“My expectations were more than met… this was an incredible group of Fellows… and the facilitator’s guidance turned our conversations into strategy sessions and knowledge building sessions. I truly didn’t think that this experience would be so impactful, but it was.”

“I had a really enjoyable time over the course of the year growing with my fellow teachers and thinking more critically about how to be a better Hebrew School teacher.”

“These sessions helped me gain a great amount of perspective because they gave me tips on how to be proactive about situations that might arise in my classroom. I especially enjoyed conversations when they were centered around another teacher’s issues, so that I could take time to reflect on my class.”


Read an Interview with Robin Kahn and the Undergraduate TEACHING Fellows

Personal Statements

Each year the Fellows finish the year with a Siyum where they celebrate with their classroom teachers or mentors, Mandel Center faculty, and each other, and share what was learned. Here are the personal statements the 2023-24 Fellows presented at the April 20, 2024 Siyum.

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The Undergraduate Teaching Fellows learning together

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2023–24 Undergraduate Teaching Fellows Siyum