What is the Meorot Fellowship?

The Meorot Fellowship, in existence for approximately twenty years, is committed to developing future Modern Orthodox spiritual and lay leaders - both men and women - through engaging college and graduate students in an environment of serious learning and honest discourse.

The fellowship devotes one evening per week for a period of four to six weeks to exploring the challenges and opportunities that modernity presents to Judaism and the Jewish people. Sessions consist of presentations given by leading academics, communal leaders, and rabbis followed by an open discussion, placing great emphasis on respect and tolerance as the cornerstones for healthy debate.

Past speakers include Rabbi Saul Berman, Rabba Yaffa Epstein, Rabbi Yitz GreenbergRabbi Dov Linzer, and Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus. We are proud of our Meorot alumni, many of whom have gone on to serve in important leadership positions in the Jewish community.

Where and When?

The Meorot Fellowship will have four locations during the 2016-2017 academic year:

New York City - Meeting in October and November at Columbia University. Theme: Israel and 21st Century Jewish Identity - COMPLETED

New Jersey  - Meeting in November and December at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Princeton University - COMPLETED

Boston - Meeting February thru March at Harvard Hillel. Theme: Israel and 21st Century Jewish Identity

Maryland - Meeting February 9 through March 16 at the University of Maryland, College Park Hillel. Theme: Israel and 21st Century Jewish Identity

Meorot-Wide Shabbaton - This year, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, Yeshivat Maharat, and JOFA are co-sponsoring a shabbaton to be held in Riverdale on January 13-14, 2017 for college students the weekend preceding the 2017 International Conference on Feminism & Orthodoxy, which will take place on January 15. All Meorot participants are invited to attend. For more information, email shira@jofa.org. - COMPLETED


The Meorot Fellowship is open to current undergraduate students as well as recent college graduates. Participants receive dinner each week, along with a stipend at the end of the program.

Want to Apply?

Please fill out the application. For more information, contact Laura Shaw Frank at laurashawfrank@yeshivatmaharat.org or 718-796-0590.