Testimonials from Fellows & Alumni

I now find myself hungry for new, opposing perspectives, looking to disrupt mental stasis in order to grow. I also have a deeper respect for the joy of intellectual inquiry.... Only now can I appreciate how much sheer delight comes from an exchange of ideas founded in shared love and respect.

- 2019 Fellow

 

I understood the importance of listening to understand a person, rather than listening to simplify a person.

- 2019 Fellow

 

Previously, I viewed discussion and intellectual inquiry through a non-text based, power dynamic-focused lens. This view was shaped by my avid participation throughout high school in Model United Nations. However, Bronfman has shown me that discussion and intellectual inquiry can reach a much deeper level when conversation is multipolar around a text, rather than bipolar between debaters.

- 2019 Fellow

 

I’ll always think of Bronfman as my ‘spirit home’. A place that enabled my imagination to run wild, where I could soar into ideas completely foreign to me and come away with deep and precious memories...

- 2019 Fellow

 

This skill of listening [learned on Bronfman] is really truly priceless and has already helped me to grow leaps and bounds not just in intellectual circles, but as a full person.

- 2018 Fellow

 

The Fellowship has allowed me to understand what it means to be heard by someone I disagree with. I realized over Bronfman that often tension in intellectual conversations comes not from the conflict of ideas but from an inability to really take in what the other is saying.

- 2018 Fellow

 

Before Bronfman, I didn't fully grasp the power of understanding other narratives, and how important it is to see things from more than one perspective. Now, I see everyone in my life differently because of it.

- 2017 Fellow

 

The Bronfman Fellowship has introduced me to a deeper, more meaningful way of thinking about all that is engaging and challenging. I've met the most incredibly curious, open-minded, and cohesive [group of] peers this summer with whom I am excited to continue learning with.

- 2017 Fellow

Ultimately, I intend to live my life with more intention and vision as a result of Bronfman, working to be more productive with my time in order to be a more vigorous learner, Jew, and person.

- 2017 Fellow

 

The Bronfman Fellowship brought me into a community of lifelong fellows, with whom I am always able to discuss intellectual issues. It's an opportunity to talk to interested people about different ideas and issues.

- 2016 Fellow

Bronfman was a summer of extending, transcending differences, swimming across canyons to meet one another halfway.  For that, I am forever grateful.

- 2016 Fellow

 

My Bronfman Fellowship experience transformed how I view friendship, community and learning. Over the fellowship I developed lifelong bonds, felt the warmth of an incredible group, and approached texts with passionate intensity. I experienced a thrilling level of vulnerability with those around me.

- 2016 Fellow

The Bronfman Fellowship feels like an extended family who has always been there for me and supported me. I made some of my strongest friendships through Bronfman and also gained an enlarged sense of my identity as a Jew.

- 2010 Fellow

 

The Fellowship and the lifelong community have helped me find my voice as a member of and leader in the Jewish community and given me the confidence that I can help shape and improve it!

- 2010 Fellow

 

Building a community with twenty five other Fellows and four faculty has led me to foster the growth of the other communities that I am a part of—my school, my synagogue, my family—and has taught me the value of being a thermostat and not a thermometer. That is, to act how you want your community to act, to not just reflect the status quo.

- 2010 Fellow

My Bronfman experience was important to me because of the reference points it has given me for the rest of my life. The songs I learned over my Bronfman summer are the songs I still listen to today. The friends I made remain some of the friends I depend on most. The debates I had then are the ones I continue to have today. The texts I studied with Bronfman are the ones that I think about and share most often. The questions I asked of myself and of others are the questions I’m still asking today.

- 2009 Fellow

 

Bronfman is yeast. The Fellowship provided me with just the right conditions and amount of nourishment to grow and expand. I am more outgoing, confident and expressive...It has become clearer to me that Bronfman isn’t just about the five weeks; it is about rising to your true potential.

- 2009 Fellow

 

Bronfman is a place where I can always find someone to have a fascinating conversation with. It's a community that appreciates openness, accountability, and challenges.  Bronfman cares deeply about the personal growth of each fellow and as an alumna and former employee I feel grateful for that dedicated care.

- 2005 Fellow

Bronfman is my Jewish community—it keeps me engaged with texts, seeing the world through a Jewish lens, maintaining a meaningful set of religious practices, thinking critically about Israel and the Diaspora, and socializing across a truly pluralistic community. Not only that: Bronfman has given me five of my dearest and deepest friendships, and continues to offer new opportunity for connection.

- 2003 Fellow

 

I am consistently impressed by the caliber of people who are Bronfman Fellows. Every moment with a Bronfman Fellow leads to thoughtful, meaningful conversation and reflection.

- 2000 Fellow

I have always loved the study of Torah and Talmud and have never been able to devote myself entirely to it, so the Fellowship was a much-welcomed chance to work with learned teachers and committed fellow students.

- 1996 Fellow

On the trip, many of my misconceptions and gaps in knowledge about the different denominations were corrected and filled, respectively.

- 1996 Fellow

 

Bronfman is not merely a fun trip.  In fact, it's not really a collective trip, but an individual journey.

- 1994 Fellow

 

The summer made me more aware of how much there is out there in terms of Jewish experience; how many different perspectives there are within our culture.

- 1994 Fellow

Bronfman was an important step in my growing as a person.  It challenged my thinking in many different ways, made me look differently at some aspects of Judaism and religion in general.  It made me ask many questions that I hadn't thought of before.

- 1993 Fellow

 

The program's stress on intensive study of our heritage and the tolerance and respect shown to all participants irrespective of their opinions guides me in my study and interaction with others to this day.

- 1988 Fellow

The Bronfman experience continues to impact my life today because it was really my first opportunity to live in a non-denominational, intellectual, committed Jewish community.

- 1987 Fellow