Bronfman scholarship opens application season
NEW YORK – The Bronfman Fellowship is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 36th Cohort of this transformative program. The scholarship selects twenty-six outstanding North American teens for an intellectually stimulating year of programming that begins with a free summer in Israel between the fellows’ junior and senior years, followed by monthly virtual experiences and two seminars in the States. -United. educates and inspires exceptional young Jews from diverse backgrounds to make a meaningful impact on the world as community builders, deep thinkers, moral voices and cultural creators. The nonprofit exchange was founded by Edgar M. Bronfman, z âl, former CEO of Seagram Company Ltd. and visionary Jewish philanthropist.
For 36 years, Bronfman Fellows have built a pluralistic community through a transformative, intellectual and deeply personal journey in which they have the opportunity to see the world through a lens larger than their own. Inspired by a stellar faculty of rabbis and educators, fellows explore a wide range of Jewish texts, from classical religious works to contemporary poetry and philosophy, using these sources to spark conversations, engage in questions. stimulating existentials and achieve a better understanding of themselves and one another. In addition to learning with stellar educators, fellows also have the unique opportunity to engage with leading intellectuals, artists, and religious and cultural leaders. Previous speakers have included journalist Matti Friedman; author Nicole Krauss; Yiddish musician and scholar Anthony Russell; and Torah scholar Dr. Avivah Zornberg.
Fellows also interact with a group of Israeli peers who were chosen through a parallel selection process by the Israeli branch of the exchange, Amitei Bronfman. In addition, they have the opportunity to participate in the artistic streams of the scholarship: workshops in fields such as poetry, dance, theater, visual storytelling and music, taught by leading innovators in the field of Jewish art. Upon their return from the summer to Israel, the fellows also explore major themes of North American Jewish life.
âMy father, Edgar M. Bronfman, had great confidence in the ability of young people to see the world not only as it is, but as it should be,â said Adam R. Bronfman, President of the Foundation. Samuel Bronfman. âHe believed that young people energized by their Judaism were best equipped to both shape a Jewish ‘Renaissance’ and improve the world.
âThe scholarship is an opportunity for dynamic personal and intellectual growth within a group of carefully chosen peers,â said Becky Voorwinde, Managing Director. âWe seek to increase communication between young people across the Jewish spectrum, including fostering links between Jews in North America and Israel. This program serves as the creative force that has inspired some of our best young Jewish adults to become creative leaders in their communities.
Bronfman Fellowship alumni are leaders in their communities, playing key roles in areas such as social justice, academia, law and the arts. There are now over 1,300 Bronfman Fellowship alumni in North America and Israel. Among them are 7 Rhodes Scholars, 4
former Supreme Court clerks, 19 Fulbright Fellows, 37 Wexner Fellows and 27 Dorot Fellows. Leaders among Fellowship alumni include Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, author of the bestselling children’s book series Series of Unfortunate Events; Jonathan
Safran Foer, author of Tout s’illumine; and Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl, the first woman to be appointed chief rabbi at the New York Central Synagogue and the first Asian-American person to be ordained rabbi and cantor. Others include Anne Dreazen, director for the Levant at the Ministry of Defense; Dara Horn, author of A Guide for the Perplexed; Itamar Moses, Tony Award winner for The Band’s Visit; and Anya Kamenetz, senior education blogger at NPR and one of the youngest ever nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Alumni also include Jewish business leaders who founded organizations like the Kavana Cooperative, Keshet, Sefaria, and YidLife Crisis; and has held leadership positions in major organizations such as the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, the Jewish Women‘s Archives, the Central Synagogue, Hillel International, and the Foundation for the Jewish Camp, to name a few. only a few.
Our Israeli alumni have also risen to positions of influence in government, civilian groups, the private sector and cultural institutions. Amitei Bronfman’s alumni include State Department of Justice attorneys, renowned journalists, successful filmmakers (including a Tribeca Film Festival winner), political advisers to Knesset members, members of elite IDF units and university professors.
Applications for the 2022 scholarship are due by December 8, 2021 and are available online at bronfman.org. High school students in the United States and Canada who identify as Jewish and who will be in Grade 11 in the fall of 2021 are eligible to apply. The scholarship is a pluralist program for Jews of all origins; prior Jewish education is not required.
About the Bronfman scholarship
The Bronfman Fellowship, the flagship program for intellectually adventurous young Jews, reaches 26 North American teens at some point in their lives, the year before college, when an intense and immersive experience will have the most impact. The scholarship year functions as an incubator of Jewish identity, with serious text study, lessons taught by some of the early
Jewish educators and a sustained discourse on pluralism, social justice and the future of the Jewish people. The year begins with a five-week summer study program in Israel that includes a week-long transformative encounter with a parallel cadre of outstanding Israeli teens. The programming continues with monthly virtual experiences and a winter and spring seminar in the United States focusing on North American Jewish identity. After graduating from high school, scholars join a community of alumni whose members inspire each other to bring their talents and vision to the Jewish community and to the world.
The scholarship, now in its 36th year, was founded in 1987 by Edgar M. Bronfman, z âl, and reflects Mr. Bronfman’s early and passionate belief that for the Jewish people to prosper, Israeli and American Jews alike. diverse backgrounds must be engaged with an open and creative mind
chat with each other. Alumni embody Mr. Bronfman’s vision that young people who are enriched and energized by their Judaism are ready to not only contribute to Jewish life, but to make the world a better place.
For more information on the Bronfman Scholarship, including how to apply, please visit www.bronfman.org.
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