The core curriculum of the Fellowship, based on the Hartman Institute iEngage Project
, provides a framework for ongoing study, enrichment, and intellectual leadership training which focuses on articulating a new narrative for defining the relationship between Israel and world Jewry.
College-aged youth often feel alienated from Israel and question its relevance to their lives. More than any other constituency, younger Jews are less convinced or motivated by the crisis narratives in which the traditional relationship with Israel was grounded. Recognizing the crucial role that campus professionals play in the development of the next generation of Jews and Jewish leaders, the Fellowship trains this select group of campus leaders to think in more sophisticated terms about Israel as a core element of Jewish life and to then cultivate substantive and compelling conversations about and relationships with Israel in the college communities they serve, connecting students to a deeper understanding of themselves as Jews and as members of the Jewish people.
The year-long program begins and ends with week-long summer seminars at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, as well as a mid-year seminar in the U.S. In addition, biweekly video conference study with Hartman faculty keep participants connected between seminars. The 2014 summer seminar is scheduled to take place from Tuesday, July 1 – Tuesday, July 8.
The Fellowship for Campus Professionals is directed by Hartman Institute faculty member Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, who has served as the Executive Director of the Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA for 38 years.