On November 4-6, 2022, the Shalom Hartman Institute hosted the opening shabbaton of the inaugural cohort of the Hartman Teen Fellowship. Over three days, 55 energetic and enthusiastic teens
in grades 10-12 from 18 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada engaged in ideas of Jewish identity, diversity, and peoplehood, all grounded in Jewish text and framed by complex questions. They were taught by Hartman faculty and supported by alumni of Hartman’s gap-year program, Hevruta.
The teens and staff co-created a pluralistic Shabbat experience, enabling participants to explore denominations Judaism they never had access to before, and we ended Saturday night with laser tag and mac and cheese. When teens feel like they are being taken seriously, and know they are trusted by faculty and peers to ask hard questions and lean into critical dialogue, they not only engage meaningfully in what Judaism has to offer but see within themselves a voice ready to be heard.
To learn more about this fellowship and other Hartman programs for young adults, contact Daniel Braunfeld, Director of Young Adult Initiatives.