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Edward Fein Winter Student Seminar

A Wellspring program for young adults

About the Seminar

Meeting the Moment: Jewish Identity and Israel on Campus Today

As the Israel-Hamas war continues and antisemitism rises in North America, there is no more important moment for college students to think and learn together. Join students from across North America and top faculty from the Shalom Hartman Institute to grapple with tensions of pluralism and peoplehood, morality in war, power and vulnerability, and Jewish identity on campus today. Gather with a diverse group of peers to build a pluralistic movement of students with shared values, who are committed to Israel and building a thriving Jewish life on campus.

*Students will have electives and the option for intensive study with renowned Hartman faculty and scholars. 

The Edward Fein Winter Student Seminar is the premier program for students to engage with the challenges and opportunities facing Israel and the Jewish people through the lens of Jewish texts, values, and ideas. Our ideologically, religiously, and politically pluralistic community of Jewish students from college and university campuses across North America address these important questions with depth and nuance.

This intensive summit invites diverse student leaders and thinkers from across North America to delve into the moral and ethical questions facing Israel and Jews around the world as we consider the values that shape our identities and inform our perspectives. Together we will explore ideas, deepen community, and be inspired.

Join Hartman faculty such as Yehuda Kurtzer, Elana Stein Hain, Chaim Seidler-Feller, Yonah Hain, Jonathan Golden, Joshua Ladon, Masua Sagiv, and others to investigate the questions of today:

  • What does it mean to take Judaism, Israel, and intellectual curiosity seriously on college campuses during this particularly polarizing time?
  • How do we navigate particular commitments and concerns while also having humanistic sensibilities and values?
  • How can the Jewish multi-vocal pluralist tradition shape how we respond to campuses that are increasingly divided?
  • How do we articulate our commitments to liberalism and Zionism in this moment?
  • How do meet this moment when the status of Israel and Jews on campus is unclear and causes so much backlash?


Exploring ideas, deepening community, and inspiring leaders.

Seminar Details

Dates & Location:

December 25 -29, 2023 in Atlanta, GA


Open to Jewish college students ages 18 to 23 on campuses across North America. Questions about eligibility? Please contact Avigail Schneiman. 


This highly subsidized fellowship includes lodging, meals, retreat expenses, educational materials, and flight reimbursement. Students/campuses are asked to contribute $250 toward participation. Full and partial scholarships are available. Cost should not be a barrier to participation. Please contact us for more details.

Aug 30, 2023

Working with college students on Israel conversations can be fraught, but it can also be transformative.

We are grateful to the Edward Fein Foundation for their generous support of this program.

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