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Beit Midrash Fellowship

The Yeshivat Hadar Beit Midrash Fellowship is a substantial commitment to Torah, Tefillah, and Hesed for adults ages 21-30. Fellows anchor our egalitarian mekom Torah, Monday-Friday from the morning through the early afternoon, along with one evening a week. This schedule allows for flexibility to pursue other work, graduate study, or professional development alongside the fellowship commitment.

***Applications for the Beit Midrash Fellowship are open for zman horef, through December 1​. If you are interested in learning at Yeshivat Hadar or have any questions about the program, please contact Rabbi Joseph Robinson.***

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Fellowship Experience | Tracks | Sample Schedule | FAQ 

 

Fellowship Experience

Experience Hadar as a religious home as part of a cohort dedicated to Torah, Tefillah, Hesed, and community-building. Our fellows are generally between the ages of 21 and 30.

This fellowship entails a daily commitment to anchor our mekom Torah, including by supporting our daily egalitarian minyan for Shaharit and Minhah. In recognition of this added investment, fellows receive a stipend and breakfast and lunch on a daily basis.

Dates

Yeshivat Hadar operates on terms, or Zmanim, that run throughout the year. Apply to be a Beit Midrash Fellow for one or both of these terms:

Fall Term / Zman Elul + Stav Sept 6 – Dec 23, 2022
Winter Term / Zman Horef Jan 8 – March 30, 2023

Stipend

Beit Midrash Fellows receive $3,500 per term to support their participation in this program. Additional needs-based housing stipends of up to $4,000 per term are available as well.

Religious Commitment

Fellows anchor Hadar’s religious center by committing to living a life consistent with Hadar’s values of Torah, shemirat mitzvot, and Hesed, both inside and outside of the beit midrash.

Hadar's Approach to Jewish Identity and Status

Jewish identity is highly personal and the sovereign domain of every individual. Jewish status is subject to different working definitions in different communities and schools of interpretation. At Hadar, we try to think about these issues with sensitivity and nuance.

Hadar welcomes people from all backgrounds to study in our online and in-person classes, events, and multi-day programs, and there is never a requirement to share anything about Jewish status as a prerequisite. We aim to be an institution of learning for all who want to connect with Torah.

The Beit Midrash Fellowship is distinct from other learning opportunities at Hadar as it is designed for a cohort characterized by shared obligation in mitzvot and halakhic practice, including daily minyan. For this program, Hadar has a working definition of Jewish status that is anchored in halakhah, while being sensitive to its thoughtful application in our contemporary world. As a starting point and emerging from current convention, halakhic Jewish status is expressed through matrilineal descent and/or affirmative embrace of the covenant through formal conversion to Judaism (involving immersion in the presence of a beit din of three, and circumcision where required).

In written applications, all applicants are asked to reflect on the particularities and complexities of their own Jewish background, in preparation for a program that is intended to deepen one's sense of Jewish identity and practice. We honor and embrace the diversity of our students’ backgrounds, including families where the relationship between biology and parentage may be less straightforward and families of mixed religious heritage. Halakhic status in these cases can be more complicated, and varies significantly based on each person’s unique circumstances, sometimes requiring an affirming process in order for a person to mark the significance of their life choices and fully participate in a community of halakhic practice.

If you have any questions about Hadar's approach to Jewish status as it relates to you, please reach out to Rabbi Aviva Richman or Rabbi Ethan Tucker prior to submitting an application to begin a respectful conversation around your Jewish journey and halakhic pathways to honor your identity as a full part of a community of shemirat mitzvot.

We know that Jewish status can be deeply personal, sensitive, and sometimes painful in the contemporary Jewish landscape. Our goal is not to create barriers or close doors, nor is it possible to outline a comprehensive set of policies for every unique family story. We hope that you’ll learn at Hadar - whether you apply for the Beit Midrash Fellowship or participate in any other of our programs.

 

Tracks

Beginning this fall, we are excited to offer two morning tracks: Gemara B’Iyyun and Bikkurim:

  • Gemara B’Iyyun is designed for students eager and ready to jump into intensive study of Talmud. This track assumes previous experience studying Jewish texts. Participants in this track focus on studying Talmud for four mornings a week, splitting time between shiur and learning/preparation in havruta. Within the Gemara B’Iyyun track, students will be divided into shiurim based on prior knowledge and familiarity with Talmud, to be determined based on the composition of the student body.
  • Bikkurim: A Survey of Jewish Text and Practice is a rigorous and varied curriculum, offering access to the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to live a confident Jewish life, informed by learning and practice. Participants in this track will spend their mornings studying sources and attending lectures on Humash, Mishnah, Jewish prayer, and practical Jewish law. This track assumes basic Hebrew reading abilities (the equivalent of one semester of college Hebrew or ulpan, e.g. familiarity with the basics of Hebrew grammar and common vocabulary).

During the afternoons, fellows are free to either learn in the beit midrash or pursue other commitments such as part-time work, internships, or educational experiences. Fellows who choose to learn in the beit midrash in the afternoons will have the opportunity to work with faculty and kollel members to co-create frameworks to support their learning such as independent learning projects, guided group learning, or classes (based on interest and enthusiasm). Fellows are also expected to make a regular commitment to Hesed volunteering outside of the core program hours.

 

Sample Schedule

During each term, the core commitments of a Beit Midrash Fellow’s schedule are as follows:

  • 7:45 AM -2:00 PM Eastern Monday-Thursday; 7:45 AM -1:00 PM Friday
    Including Shaharit, breakfast, morning learning, lunch, and Minhah
  • 5:30 - 9:00 PM
    Including dinner, sihah, and night seder
  • 3 Shabbatot per term
  • 15-20 volunteer Hesed hours per term

 

FAQ

Q: I have extensive experience studying Jewish texts and Talmud. Is this fellowship for me?

A: Yes! Hadar’s morning Gemara B’Iyyun classes are tracked by level. Whether you have been an advanced learner at other US-based institutions or you have studied at yeshivot or midrashot in Israel, Hadar is the place for you! The precise contours of each level will depend on who applies and may vary from term to term. If you have specific questions, please contact us at [email protected].

Q: I am excited to learn Talmud, but I haven’t studied Mishnah in the original before. Is this fellowship for me?

A: Yes! While the Gemara B’Iyyun track requires previous study of Mishnah in the original, the Bikkurim track is a great way to get the critical background you need to be able to begin Talmud study in the future.

Q: I am thinking about a career in Jewish education and/or the rabbinate. Will this fellowship be a good fit for me?

A: Yes! Your time learning at Hadar will be a great investment as you prepare for a professional future in Jewish education and/or the rabbinate. The Gemara B’Iyyun track is a great opportunity to develop your Talmud skills, allowing you to make the most of your time in any Jewish graduate study you might choose to undertake in the future The Bikkurim track can set you up for success to meet foundational prerequisites in Torah, Mishnah, and the familiarity with Jewish practice expected by many rabbinical schools and Jewish graduate programs. Not only is our beit midrash a great place to develop that knowledge, but the relationships you will develop with faculty over the course of your time at the yeshiva can be transformational for helping you plan the next step in your journey towards religious leadership.

Q: How much is tuition? Is there a stipend?

A: Beit Midrash Fellows will receive a stipend of $3,500 per zman. Additional needs-based housing stipends up to $4,000 per zman are available as well.

Q: Are there Hadar classes I can attend without being a part of either the Beit Midrash Fellowship or the Morning Learning?

A: Yes! We do offer many classes on a part-time basis, both in person and online. Be in touch with Dena Weiss, Rosh Beit Midrash, at [email protected] for more information.

Q: Where do Hadar students live? What do they do for meals?

A: Students in the Beit Midrash Fellowship find their own housing for the duration of the program. Hadar can aid students in finding housing by connecting them with housing opportunities. We are happy to provide vegetarian breakfast daily, and lunch Monday through Thursday. We have some capacity to accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies, and will do our best to do so.

Q: Can friends and family visit me and sit in on classes while I’m at Hadar?

A: Yes. Hadar is an open place where the vast majority of programs and events are open to the public—and especially to your friends and family. Before inviting someone to a class (or dropping in yourself, if you’re not a student), please obtain the teacher’s permission.

Q: What is Yeshivat Hadar doing to be environmentally friendly?

A: We're glad that you asked. For over a year we have been composting organic materials generated through our programming. Mostly this means any food scraps from meals, but during our higher-volume programs, this also means we compost our paper cups and plates and napkins. We're always looking for more that we can do, and if you have any suggestions please be in touch with us at [email protected].

Q: What is Hadar’s connection to Israel?

A: Hadar’s connection to Israel is strong and long-standing and there are often Israeli full-time students in our beit midrash. We have a full-time staff in Israel along with hundreds of Israeli alumni, many of whom have studied with us in person in New York City, and many of whom have participated in our Elul and Winter programs in Israel. You can learn more about those programs and see more Hebrew-language content here. Our New York-based faculty have logged a lot of time living, learning, and teaching in Israel. You will find a wide range of views and approaches to Israel among the faculty and fellow students. We approach Israel, Zionism, and the return of Jewish sovereignty with deep gratitude to live in this moment and a profound sense of responsibility around the ethics of power. The yeshiva says the prayer for the State of Israel before Musaf on Shabbat as well as Hallel on Yom Ha’atzmaut.

Q: How do I find out more?

A: We are happy to answer any questions—please email us at [email protected].

Q: When are applications due?

A: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with preference to those submitted by April 15. Fill out the application now.

 

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Fill out an application to be a Beit Midrash Fellow at Yeshivat Hadar this fall.

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