Every year, our pluralistic group of twenty-six Fellows embark on a transformative, deeply personal journey in which they learn to see the world through a lens broader than their own. Inspired by a diverse faculty of Rabbis and educators, Fellows explore the rich tapestry of Jewish texts and ideas, using them to spark conversations, engage with stimulating existential questions, and achieve a deeper understanding of themselves and one another. They also expand their perspectives through intensive encounters with a parallel group of Israeli peers.
Fellows are encouraged to explore and develop their passions towards the goal of having a significant impact on the world. After the Fellowship year, Fellows join our extraordinarily active, 1300+ member alumni community.
Some of our recent Fellows explain what Bronfman means to them.
"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."
- Yoni Altman-Shafer (’17)
"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."
- Shulie Smolyanitsky (’17)
"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."
- Raya Treibicz (’19)
"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."
- Isaiah Milbauer (’16)
We are planning to host our 2021 Summer program in-person at the Isabella Freedman Retreat Center in Connecticut. This one-time decision to hold our summer experience in the U.S. instead of Israel was made in close consultation with public health experts, in response to the pandemic.
Learn more about the plan for summer 2021 and the rest of the Fellowship year.