Encounter with Israeli Peers

Encounter with Israeli Peers

Note: The 2021 Fellows will not be traveling to Israel as part of the program. They will have the opportunity to engage with their Israeli peers from our Israeli program, Amitei Bronfman, through virtual meetings and an Amitim trip to the U.S. scheduled for winter of 2021.

A highlight of the Fellowship is the opportunity to meet Israeli peers.  Fellows spend time with our Israeli Bronfman Fellows who are part of our Israel Fellowship program, Amitei Bronfman.  The cross-cultural exposure to a group of diverse young Israelis provides for a nuanced and fun encounter.

“The stay was truly incredible. While we rested a great deal, and did a lot of fun things, what was truly astonishing were the people, and way of life I was introduced to.” – Aaron S.N., alum

Our program includes:

  • Summer Context seminar: A one-week seminar in Jerusalem & Tel Aviv with our Israeli Fellows.
  • Israeli homestays: Fellows are hosted for the weekend by Israeli Fellows. The homestay experience allows the American Fellows a better understanding of Israeli life and a closer connection to their Israeli counterparts.
  • American homestays: American Fellows in the Northeast welcome Amitim into their homes for a weekend in December. This homestay serves as a continuation of the intercultural exchange.

Travel in Israel

On The Bronfman Fellowship, we treat sites like texts, listening for the voices and thoughts the places provide or manifest. Our Fellows see a variety of Israel’s archaeological, religious, natural, and historical sites, including Masada, Jerusalem’s Old City, and Yad Vashem (The Holocaust Museum). We also spend time in Tel Aviv, Tsfat, and the Negev desert along with many other interesting spots. Our itinerary changes from year to year.