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Jewish Wisdom Fellowship

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Jewish Wisdom Fellowship

A Collective Learning and Thought Leadership Project for Jewish Professionals

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Overview | What Will We Learn? | Stipend | Who Should Apply | Schedule of Learning | How To Apply 



About the Fellowship
As the Jewish Community acclimates to life under a global pandemic, deep and abiding questions capture our minds and souls. We find ourselves desperately seeking wisdom and leadership to help navigate new moral, intellectual, practical, and ethical challenges, raised by this moment.

Jewish Professionals have a unique role to play in this moment. From day school and supplementary school educators to rabbis and spiritual leaders to musicians, community builders, justice seekers, and more-- Jews turn to these professionals for hope and comfort, for explanations and answers, and most of all, for community and spirituality.

With support from the Lippman Kanfer Foundation, the Hadar Institute invites you to participate in a new kind of collective learning project. Designed for Jewish Professionals, Hadar’s Jewish Wisdom Fellowship will empower thoughtful, passionate, and engaged Jewish professionals to embark on a virtual 2-month learning and thought development project dedicated to wrestling with the questions currently confronting the Jewish community and the world.

Through a combination of guided learning and group work, the Jewish Wisdom Fellowship will enable 24 Jewish Professionals to probe our Jewish tradition for wisdom that will help them and the communities they serve to navigate the current social, moral, and spiritual challenges. The program will conclude with a final project, determined by the cohort, aimed at sharing learnings with the broader Jewish professional field.

We are grateful to Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah for their support of this initiative.


What will we learn?


Hadar will crowdsource relevant and pressing questions through a broad public survey of Jewish professionals. From these questions, three will be selected for in depth learning through this fellowship. Questions may include:

  • What is my role in this world at this moment?
  • What is a just society?
  • How do we divide scarce resources in times of need?
  • What is God’s role in the world?
  • How do we honor our dead?

We will create 3 cohorts of 8 professionals. Each cohort’s learning will focus deeply on one question. Once accepted, each participant will choose which question they want to study. Each cohort will meet weekly for 8 weeks, plus a kick-off event and closing program (July - August).

All source materials will include English translation. Hebrew knowledge is not required.

We want to hear from you. We invite you to take part in this fellowship by submitting the questions you think are most pressing today. What are the fundamental questions that people in your communities are asking at this time? What questions do you think the Jewish community needs more guidance on? These questions will shape the curriculum of the program and lead our fellows as they search the Jewish tradition for guidance and wisdom.



Accepted participants will receive a $500 stipend upon completion of the fellowship.


Who Should Apply

  • Professionals who are passionate about looking to Jewish wisdom to answer today’s questions.
  • Professionals who have some sphere of influence, either within your organization or in the population your organization serves.
  • We hope to assemble a diverse cohort in terms of Jewish learning background, geographic location, years in the field, and sectors of Jewish life.
  • You do not need to be currently employed to apply.
  • Preference given to candidates who
    • Have spent at least 2 years in the Jewish Professional sector
    • Feel their work involves engaging the community
    • Have demonstrated passion for collaborative work and applied Jewish Wisdom
    • Can commit to attending every fellowship session


Schedule of Learning


The fellowship will run July - August 2020, with participants meeting (virtually) weekly. Gatherings will alternate between Jewish text classes taught by Hadar faculty and facilitated discussion and processing workshop sessions. Together, cohorts will process their learning and explore the implications for their work. Each cohort will receive a curated collection of articles, podcasts, and videos to pursue individual learning and dive even deeper between sessions.

  • Opening session - Monday, June 29: 1:30-3:00 PM EDT
  • Programming Times: Wednesdays in July and August, 1:30-3:00 PM EDT
  • Closing Session - Monday, August 24, 1:30-3:00 PM EDT

How To Apply


If you know someone who would be perfect for this fellowship, please nominate them below. If you are interested in participating in the fellowship yourself, please ask a current or former colleague, client, or professional acquaintance to nominate you using the below form.

Nominees will be reviewed and, if selected to apply, emailed an application form for the fellowship. We will be collecting applications through June 15, 2020

Please see the above section on “Who should apply” for more information on the types of candidates we are anticipating.


  • Nomination Period -- May 17-31, 2020
  • Application Deadline: June 15, 2020
  • Program Dates -- June 29 - August 27, 2020


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The nomination period for this fellowship is now closed.