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Jewish Wisdom Fellowship

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Jewish Wisdom Fellowship

A Collective Learning and Thought Leadership Project for Jewish Professionals


Overview | What Will We Learn? | Stipend | Schedule of Learning | Meet Our Fellows 



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.


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

Meet Our Fellows

Designed for Jewish Professionals, Hadar’s Jewish Wisdom Fellowship empowers thoughtful, passionate, and engaged Jewish professionals to embark on a learning and thought development project dedicated to wrestling with the questions currently confronting the Jewish community and the world. We're pleased to introduce you to the 2020 cohort of fellows.

Below is a list of this years Jewish Wisdom Fellowship Cohort. You can click here to learn more about our fellows.

General Cohort

Akiko Yonekawa
Alana Rahmani
Allegra Heath-Stout
Amram Altzman
Ari Hoffman
Eliezer Weinbach
Evelyn Tauben
Ilana Bauman
Josh Satok
Julee Levine
Larisa Klebe
Lea New Minkowitz
Marlene Copeland Dodinval
Matthew Kolbert
Naomi Reem
Naomi Adland
Naomi Tucker
Orlea Miller
Rachel Hodes
Rachel Goldrich
Rachel Dingman
Sonia Marie Leikam
Tamar Zaken
Tony Westbrook


Clergy Cohort

Benji Stanley
Betsy Forester
Carnie Shalom Rose
Hart Levine
Marcelo Polakoff
Matthew Austerklein
Megan GoldMarche
Michael Satz
Sharon Mars
Shuli Passow


Nominate a Colleague

The nomination period for this fellowship is now closed.