Stipend: $1,000, plus expenses
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The Tikvah Summer Fellowship offers participants the opportunity to study with some the world’s greatest teachers of Jewish texts and ideas. Topics will range from timeless human questions, to the fundamental nature of Judaism, to the challenges faced by Judaism and Israel in the modern era. Fellows will live for two weeks in New York City with an international cohort of young scholars – a mix of Israelis, Americans, and Europeans. This program is a successor to Tikvah’s programs in “Jewish Thought and Enduring Human Questions” at Princeton University and to Tikvah’s programs in “Zionism and Statesmanship” at Hebrew University and Ein Prat Academy in Israel.
All housing costs are covered, and participants will receive a $1,000 stipend upon completion of all program requirements. Travel support is provided for Israeli and international participants.
The enduring questions of human life are central to the Tikvah Summer Fellowship. In a wisdom-seeking spirit, Summer Fellows read classic and contemporary Jewish texts alongside the most penetrating philosophical and literary sources in the Western tradition. Joined by the very best teachers from around the world, Summer Fellows encounter great texts and discuss big ideas in an atmosphere that combines careful study with urgent deliberation. This year, Summer Fellows can choose from the following seminars:
- Is Judaism a Religion?
Leora Batnitzky, Princeton University
- Reason, Revelation, and Jewish Thought
Moshe Halbertal, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and
NYU Law School
- Jews, Power, and the Bible
Micah Goodman, Ein Prat Academy
- The Rabbinic Mind and Divine Law
Christine Hayes, Yale University
- Zionist Statesmanship: Ben-Gurion and Begin
Daniel Gordis, Shalem College
- Divine Justice and Human Creativity in Jewish Literature
Dara Horn, Distinguished Novelist
As a cohort, the summer fellows will read and discuss texts and listen to debates among notable public figures, pertaining to issues of great practical concern for the Jewish future, such as:
- The Future of Judaism in the Diaspora
- Jews and Power
- Religion and Politics in Israel
- Debates in Jewish Theology
They will also hear from prominent academics and public intellectuals about their life and work in a series of events that bring them “in the arena” and expose them to vocations in the service of the Jewish future.
Summer Fellows will come to New York from diverse points of origin—including Israel, the United States, and Europe—and from diverse religious, political, and cultural backgrounds. They will stay for the duration of the program in a midtown Manhattan hotel near the Tikvah Center and have the chance to partake in cultural and entertainment events and to spend free time in the city with this international group of peers.