Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Thought Leaders: [email protected]

The Jewish people are facing important questions about citizenship, nationalism, democracy and the societies in which we live. COVID-19 has already reshaped our attitudes about collective community and what it means to be ‘at-home,’ and is raising issues of theology, spirituality, and social responsibility.

This national cohort of exceptional high school students meets virtually with top Hartman scholars like Tal Becker, Elana Stein Hain, Yehuda Kurtzer, and Mijal Bitton to grapple with these issues through interactive webinars, study groups, and intimate discussions for a month-long exploration of Jewish peoplehood, at-homeness, and the contemporary challenges facing North American Jewish identity in this moment.

Additional Fellowship Details: 

  • Approximately 7-8 hours of virtual programming, small discussion groups, self-directed study, or project creation per week
  • Fellowship culminates in peer-led educational experiences
  • Participation in the program is fully subsidized; there is no cost to the student


Tuesday, July 7 – Wednesday, August 5, 2020


North American high school students graduating in 2020, 2021 or 2022. 

NOTE: Applications for this fellowship have closed.

Community Partners

  • Camp Stone
  • Camp Yavneh
  • Diller Teen Fellowship
  • Foundation for Jewish Camp
  • Jewish Federation and Family Services of Orange County
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
  • Ramah Camping Movement
  • The Szarvas Fellowships – administered by The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, in association with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
  • UJA-Federation of New York
  • URJ Camps/NFTY

Contact Us

For more information contact Justin Pines, Director of the Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Thought Leaders