The nomination period for this fellowship has closed.
Applications due by March 15, 2022
The Jewish Wisdom Fellowship empowers thoughtful and passionate Jewish professionals to embark on 5 weeks of virtual learning on the most pressing questions confronting the Jewish community and the world.
Jewish professionals have a unique role to play in guiding our communities. From day school and supplementary school educators to rabbis and spiritual leaders to musicians, community builders, camp professionals, justice seekers, and more -- Jews turn to these professionals for hope and comfort, for explanations and answers, for community and spirituality. We believe it is essential for Jewish professionals to deeply and critically engage with Jewish texts and act as active stewards of Jewish tradition.
With the guidance of Hadar’s faculty, the Jewish Wisdom Fellowship will enable Jewish professionals to probe our tradition for wisdom that will help them and the communities they serve to navigate contemporary social, moral, and spiritual challenges. The program will conclude with each fellow completing a final project aimed at sharing learnings with their community and the broader Jewish professional field.
The Jewish Wisdom Fellowship is generously supported by Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah.
The Jewish Wisdom Fellowship is open to Jewish professionals with at least 2 years of professional experience. We define Jewish professionals broadly – if you specifically serve the Jewish community in your work, we encourage you to apply. Professionals in non-teaching roles, such as development, communications, and operations, are specifically encouraged to apply.
The nomination period for this fellowship has closed. If you would still like to nominate a Jewish professional, please be in touch with Julia Chatinover at [email protected].
Nominees will be reviewed, and if selected, they will be emailed the full application form, which will be sent on a rolling basis. All applications, regardless of nomination date, are due by March 15, 2022.
We hope to notify applicants of their acceptance in late May.
At Hadar, we teach Torah that is uncompromisingly honest, spiritually meaningful, and socially responsible. We read both ancient and modern texts carefully, discussing possibilities, and exploring how the text may be relevant to contemporary situations. It is a process that requires deep listening, both to the text and to each other.
This fellowship will involve three types of learning:
- Faculty-Guided Learning. Hadar’s faculty will provide carefully constructed source sheets, rich with texts new and old, in the original and in English translation, and guide fellows through a process of unearthing the values, ideas, and principles embedded in the text. These will be intentionally facilitated sessions aimed at bringing our collective learning forward to the present day where it can be used in a variety of scenarios.
- Havruta (One-on-One, Paired Learning). We believe that one-on-one study and conversation is essential to the learning process. It allows one to function as both a teacher and a learner, helping your partner to learn while also learning yourself. As part of this fellowship, fellows will be matched with a havruta (study partner) to process the learning they are doing, their projects, and prepare for upcoming sessions.
- Project Formation. As Jewish professionals, fellows will learn both for learning’s sake and to enrich the lives of those they serve in their professional roles. Throughout the fellowship, fellows will have the opportunity to develop projects to share their learning with their community. The project will be developed with support from the Hadar faculty. This will include optional workshops with faculty from our Children & Families and Pedagogy of Partnership divisions. The project will be due one month after the closing session.
All source materials will include English translation. Hebrew knowledge is not required.
This fellowship aims to provide Jewish professionals with a text-based Jewish framework for addressing the moral, spiritual, and communal challenges of the day. The content of the fellowship will shift along with the changing needs of the community.
Each year, Hadar will crowdsource questions in order to assess the critical issues confronting our community. We will then select 3-4 primary themes to shape the curriculum of the program and lead fellows as they draw on the Jewish tradition for wisdom and guidance.
Our topics for 2022 are:
- Transition & Uncertainty: At this time last year, we began to emerge from our pandemic way of life, with an unanticipated mixture of joy, fear, and loss. We imagined a grand re-opening in which COVID would be a thing of the past. Over the course of the year, it became clear that there would be no obvious ‘post-COVID’ stage and that we would experience a cyclical pattern of opening and closing. This re-awakened a level of uncertainty and anxiety that many experienced at the beginning of the pandemic. How do we manage these feelings of uncertainty? What can Jewish wisdom teach us about periods of transition and adapting to change?
- Tochecha - Calling Out or Calling In: We are experiencing a world of immense division. What values should guide us in knowing when to speak up, and how to speak? How do we discern whether silence is healing - or deadly? What makes speech "private" or "public" and is there any way in which human speech is a matter between us and God? We will explore Jewish sources that address these and other questions as we seek to deepen our understanding and expression of speech that strengthens relationships and community.
- Caring for each other, caring for ourselves - mindfulness and self care: Over two years of pandemic-living has led to unprecedented levels of anxiety, disconnection, and “burnout.” What can Jewish wisdom teach us about living a balanced life in the present moment? How can practicing mindfulness enable us to be better caregivers—of ourselves and to those around us? We will explore these questions through text study, guided meditations, and reflective journaling.
- Money and Power - Cohort for Executives: Power and money introduce tricky dynamics and complicated moral questions into professional and personal relationships. What are the effects of influence and how might Jewish sources advise us to respond when navigating relationships with power imbalances? We'll explore questions like: when do we speak up and when do we stay silent? When do we speak truth to power and when do we flatter to avoid conflict? What moral standards should we require from those in power and what happens when they fail to meet those standards?
Accepted participants will receive a $500 stipend upon completion of the fellowship in recognition of their time, energy, and enthusiasm.
The fellowship will run for 5 weeks in June and July of 2022. The structure includes 2-3 weekly meetings: one 90-minute meeting devoted to learning with Hadar faculty and one 45-minute meeting dedicated to paired, one-on-one, havruta learning with another fellow. During the middle two weeks, the program will include an additional 60-minute workshop session dedicated to developing fellow’s projects.
Faculty sessions will generally occur on Tuesdays of each week from 1:30-3:00 PM Eastern (July 12, 19, 26, August 2). Our first faculty session will take place on Wednesday July 6. Havruta sessions will occur later in the week at a time determined by each havruta pair. Project Workshops will take place on Wednesdays from 1:30-2:20 PM Eastern.
|Week 1||Wednesday, July 6, 2022||Opening Session (90 min)|
|Thursday, July 7, 2022||Havruta Session 1 (30 min)|
|Week 2||Tuesday, July 12, 2022||Faculty Session 1 (90 min)|
|Thursday, July 14, 2022||Havruta Session 2 (30 min)|
|Week 3||Tuesday, July 19, 2022||Faculty Session 2 (90 min)|
|Wednesday, July 20, 2022||Project Workshop (60 min)|
|Thursday, July 21, 2022||Havruta Session 3 (90 min)|
|Week 4||Tuesday, July 26, 2022||Faculty Session 3 (90 min)|
|Wednesday, July 27, 2022||Project Workshop (60 min)|
|Thursday, July 28, 2022||Havruta Session 4 (90 min)|
|Week 5||Tuesday, August 2, 2022||Closing Session (90 min)|
|Thursday, September 1, 2022||Project Due|
We invite all Jewish professionals with at least 2 years of professional experience to apply for this fellowship. From the applicant pool, Hadar will select 30-40 Jewish professionals to participate as fellows.
In order to cultivate meaningful, useful, and intimate learning experiences, we will divide fellows into 4 cohorts:
- Jewish Professional Cohort: Two of our cohorts will be open to all Jewish professionals, from any field, any role in the organization.
- Clergy Cohort: For the third year, we will offer a cohort designated for rabbis and clergy from any denomination and serving in any role within an organization.
- Executive Leadership Cohort: This cohort invites those serving in an executive role within their organization to learn with other executive leaders. The topic for this cohort will be “Money and Power.”
Applicants will have the chance to select the cohort for which they would like to be considered on the fellowship application (a clergy-person serving in a professional role may choose to apply for the Jewish Professionals cohort).