See the world
through a lens
broader than
your own

A Transformative Program for Intellectually Curious Jewish 11th-Graders Who Like to Think Outside the Box

The Bronfman Fellowship is an opportunity unlike any other: a space where young people who want to see the world through a lens broader than their own can explore issues with depth, candor, and joy, while forming friendships to last a lifetime.

Every year, our pluralistic group of twenty-six Fellows embark on a transformative, deeply personal journey. 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, 1400+ member alumni community. Apply here. Nominate a teen here.

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The Fellowship Experience

The Fellowship begins with a free, immersive summer program in Israel and the U.S., and continues with monthly virtual experiences and a winter and spring seminar in the U.S.

Meet the Fellows

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)

Keep in Touch

The application for the 2024 Fellowship is now closed. To apply for the 2025 Fellowship, you must be in 11th grade in the fall of 2024, be from the U.S. or Canada, and self-identify as Jewish.

If you’re interested in applying next year, or if you’re an adult who works with teens, please add your name to one of the following forms:

For Teens     For Educators