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Frequently Asked Questions: Long-Term Fellowship


Yeshivat Hadar Long-Term Fellowship

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[] How do I apply to Hadar's Long-Term Fellowship? When are applications due?

Applications are on a rolling basis through Feb 15. Start with an informational conversation, then submit an application and two references.

[] How is Yeshivat Hadar’s Summer Beit Midrash different from Yeshivat Hadar’s Long-Term Fellowship?

The Summer Beit Midrash is a great gateway opportunity for around forty students to commit to an intensive, joyful whirlwind of 8 weeks of yeshiva experience of learning, shemirat mitzvot, daily minyan and community. See a full description here. The long-term fellowship is a funded opportunity for around 15-20 fellows already invested in Hadar’s mission to anchor our mekom torah for multiple months of the year.

[] Can I apply to both the Summer Beit Midrash and the Long-Term Fellowship?

If you’ve never been to Hadar before, it’s probably best to apply for the Summer Beit Midrash. Make sure to schedule an informational conversation if you are considering the Long-Term Fellowship.

[] Is this the right program for me?

If you feel highly motivated about these kinds of things, then yes!

  • Minyan three times a day
  • Working through intricacies of a page of Talmud
  • Many hours of open learning in the beit midrash
  • Spending a lot of time with a small cohort
  • Welcoming people who come to public events and programs
  • Sharing your love of Torah with others in Divrei Torah and informal teaching

[] What skills do I need coming in to the program?

  • Ability to read Hebrew and have basic comprehension of Siddur, Parasha and Mishnah with some dictionary assistance
  • Ability to pursue independent learning in some part of the Jewish corpus (Tanakh, Mishnah, Gemara, Mishneh Torah)
  • Ability to give a Dvar Torah with advance notice and some guidance
  • Self-motivation and drive to be in long-term learning environment
  • Familiarity with full daily liturgy
  • Familiarity with the rhythm of shemirat mitzvot way of life
  • Interpersonal skills to thrive in small, intensive cohort

[] What is the learning level?

  • Minimally, ability to read Hebrew and have basic comprehension of Siddur, Torah and Mishnah with some dictionary assistance.
  • More experienced learners have extensive background in Tanakh, Gemara, Rishonim, and/or Midrash.

[] What prior experience do I need?

Strong candidates for the fellowship should have a mix of strong motivation and experience in several of the following:

  • Self-driven independent learning
  • Regular tefillah with a minyan
  • Many hours of open learning in the beit midrash
  • Hosting shabbat meals and/or other community building
  • Hesed

[] I’ve heard about Hadar’s Advanced Kollel. What is it and how do I apply?

The Advanced Kollel is a framework for particularly intense and independent study for students with extensive prior background. Applicants for the long-term fellowship are considered for participation in the Advanced Kollel (Note that the Advanced Kollel is not synonymous with the semikhah track.)

[] What is the overall timeframe and curricular focus?

  • Zman Stav and Zman Horef (after Sukkot through Pesah): Focus on Talmud study in the mornings, alongside afternoons of robust independent learning blocks and a rotation of weekly classes in Tanakh, Mishnah, Midrash, Halakhah, or Jewish Philosophy.
  • Zman Elul (depending on Jewish calendar): Learning in preparation for the Yamim Noraim and cohort building.
  • Zman Aviv (Depending on Jewish calendar): Includes opportunity to bring independent projects to fruition and help spearhead meaningful Israel programming for Yom Ha-Atzmaut on the Upper West Side.

[] Do I need to have previously studied at Yeshivat Hadar, in order to apply to Yeshivat Hadar’s Long-Term Fellowship?

It’s good to know this is a good fit for you before you take the deep dive! Often applicants have come to the Summer Beit Midrash or Manger Winter Learning Seminar, or another short-term program. You can always schedule an informational call to find out more.

[] How much does it cost to study in Yeshivat Hadar’s 2020-2021 Long-Term Fellowship?

If you are looking to take one or more classes, you can see tuition rates here. If you are applying for the full-time long term fellowship, your tuition will be covered and you receive a living stipend. For 2020-21, the living stipend is $14,000.

[] I’m not a US citizen. What kind of visa can I receive to study in Yeshivat Hadar’s 2020-2021 Long-Term Fellowship?

You will likely require a student visa. Hadar will assist in helping long-term fellows navigate the visa system. We cannot guarantee that you will receive a visa but we have a good record from over a decade of experience.

[] Where do Hadar students live? What do they do for meals? For Shabbat?

Students in the Long-Term 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 and lunch most days of the week. We have some capacity to accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies, and will do our best to do so.

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

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.

[] What is Yeshivat Hadar doing to be environmentally friendly?

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].

[] How do I find out more?

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