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Applications are now being accepted for the Bronfman Fellowship, which selects 26 outstanding North American teenagers for a rigorous academic year of seminars including a free five-week trip to Israel in the summer between the Fellows’ junior and senior years of high school.

The program educates and inspires exceptional young Jews from diverse backgrounds to grow into leaders grounded in their Jewish identity and committed to social change.

During the program’s seminars, the Fellows meet with leading intellectuals, religious and political leaders, and educators. With the guidance of a diverse faculty of rabbis and educators, the Fellows can explore a wide range of Jewish texts, from classic religious documents to contemporary Israeli and American voices, using them to spark conversations, and achieve a deeper understanding of themselves and one another.

Fellows also spend two weeks with a group of Israeli peers who have been chosen through a parallel selection process as part of the Fellowship. Upon returning home from the summer in Israel, they continue their Fellowship year experience with monthly virtual experiences and a spring seminar in the U.S. focusing on major themes in North American Jewish life.

Applications for the 2019 Fellowship are due Nov. 30 and are available online at High school students in the United States and Canada who self-identify as Jewish and who will be in the seniors in the fall of 2019 are eligible to apply. Prior Jewish education is not required. Students are chosen on merit alone.