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Hartman Fellowship for Hillel Professionals

Boaz Perlstein
Boaz Perlstein

Hartman Fellowship for Hillel Professionals

“I feel incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to learn and to grow through this program. I was – and remain – blown away by the content, the learning, and the teachers. What I was not prepared for was the amazing cohort with whom I studied, was challenged, and developed powerful relationships.”
– Hartman Hillel Fellow, Cohort VI

The Hartman Fellowship for Hillel Professionals brings together a select group of campus professionals from across North America and Israel for study of Israel’s central challenges. The Fellowship cultivates this group of elite leaders to think in values-based terms about Israel as a core element of Jewish life, and provides them with a set of tools to foster substantive and compelling conversations about and relationships with Israel.

Program Details
The Fellowship combines peer-study, lectures, discussions, field trips, and most importantly special sessions with senior members in the Hillel field on the work of applying the learning to the campus setting. All costs associated with participation are fully subsidized by the Shalom Hartman Institute, made possible through the generous support of our donors.

Curriculum and Faculty
Fellows study the Hartman Institute’s iEngage curriculum, designed to transform and elevate the tone and level of discourse about Israel by exploring questions such as:

  • How do we create and maintain a Jewish democracy?
  • What values should a Jewish state embody?
  • What is the meaning of Jewish Peoplehood?

Fellows have the opportunity to study with Hartman senior faculty including Donniel Hartman, Yehuda Kurtzer, Tal Becker, Mijal Bitton, Elana Stein Hain, and Chaim Seidler-Feller.

Cohort IX will launch with an intensive 10-day seminar at Hartman’s Jerusalem campus from July 12-21, 2022 


  • The program is open to campus professionals in senior positions in their local communities: directors, assistant directors, rabbis, and educators.
  • Candidates may possess any level of background and facility with traditional Jewish texts, but a strong interest in regular text-based learning is required.
  • Candidates must have a meaningful degree of familiarity with Israel, its history and current realities, and the North American Jewish community’s relationship with Israel. Previous time spent living in Israel is strongly preferred.

For questions or more information, please contact Danielle Kranjec, Director of Campus Initiatives.

Cohort VIII, Hartman Fellowship for Hillel Professionals

  • Dave Cohn, USC Hillel
  • Judith Dworkin, McMaster University Hillel
  • Jonah Geffen, Hunter College Hillel
  • Steve Nathan, Lehigh University Hillel
  • Melissa Simon, Hillel at UNC Chapel Hill
  • Lisa Stella, University of Michigan Hillel
  • Rebekah Tokatlilar, Bronfman Center, NYU
  • Tony Westbrook, Washington University Hillel
  • Rabbi Ari Weiss, Cornell Hillel

Cohort VII, Hartman Fellowship for Hillel Professionals

  • Noam Bentov, Johns Hopkins Hillel
  • Charles Cohen, Metro Chicago Hillel
  • Keren Dicastro, Hillel Israel
  • Megan Doherty, Oberlin College Hillel
  • Jonathan Falk, Hillel International
  • Lauren Fisher, Harvard Hillel
  • Marissa Freed, MIT Hillel
  • Andrew Getraer, Rutgers Hillel
  • Evan Goodman, Santa Barbara Hillel
  • Igor Khokhlov, University of Miami Hillel
  • Navah Kogen, Columbia/Barnard Hillel
  • Adam Kolett, Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach
  • Daniel Levine, Orange County Hillel
  • Tina Malka, Hillel International
  • Betsy Polk, Elon Hillel
  • Julie Schack, Hillel Milwaukee
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