/ Edward Fein Winter Student Seminar

Edward Fein Winter Student Seminar

A Wellspring program for young adults

About the Seminar

Israel is part of the ongoing Jewish story, but efforts to talk about Israel often get mired in the politics of current events and news cycles. What if you could engage in discussions about Israel that push past the political rhetoric and get to the big ideas underlying Zionism, the Jewish people, and democracy?

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, nuance, and humanity.

During this week-long, academic intensive at the Shalom Hartman Institute campus in Jerusalem, students can expect to study together with peers, confront Israel’s dynamic challenges firsthand through tiyulim (field trips), and interact with thought-leaders and community organizers working in politics, education, the environment, and more.

Seminar Details


December 26, 2023 – January 2, 2024


Open to Jewish college students from participating campuses and  alumni of the Hevruta Gap-Year Program in Cohorts VI through VIII. Students interested in participating, but whose campuses are not currently sending a cohort, please contact Avigail Schneiman. 


This highly subsidized fellowship includes lodging, meals, retreat expenses, educational materials, and travel within Israel.* Students/campuses are asked to contribute $500 toward participation. Full and partial scholarships are available. Cost should not be a barrier to participation. Please contact us for more details.

If you would like to register as an independent student, contact Avigail Schneiman.

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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