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 three 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 Sara Hurwitz, Rabbi Yitz Greenberg, Rabbi Dov Linzer and former Member of Knesset and Chief Rabbi of Norway, Rabbi Michael Melchior. We are proud of our Meorot alumni, many of whom have gone on to serve in important leadership positions in the Jewish community.

The theme of all Meorot Programs for the 2017-2018 academic year is “Confrontation and Collaboration: Orthodoxy’s Complicated Relationship with Modernity.”

Where and When?

The Meorot Fellowship will have four locations during the 2017-2018 academic year:

Fall Locations – Application period open through October 1!

Montreal, QC Canada – Meeting at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Westmount. 4 Wednesdays, 6:30-9pm: November 1-22. Speakers and topics include:

New York, NY – Meeting at the Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life at Columbia University, with one session in Riverdale, NY. 5 Thursdays, 6:30-9pm: October 19-November 16. Speakers and topics include:

New Brunswick, NJ – Meeting at the Eva and Arie Halpern Hillel House at Rutgers University. 4 Tuesdays, 7-9pm: October 17-November 14 (No session October 31.). Speakers and topics include:

Philadelphia, PA – Meeting at the Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania. 4 Mondays: October 23-November 13. Speakers and topics include:

University of Maryland, College Park Pop-Up Meorot – Meeting on two evenings – Sunday, October 22 and Thursday, November 8. Tentative speakers and topics:

  • Rabbanit Chava Evans – The Risk Analysis: Another Lens for Viewing Contemporary Discourse about Values (October 22)
  • Rabbi Avi Weiss – November 8: Jewish Leadership: Lessons from the Past, Challenges for the Future

*Save the date: Meorot Leadership Shabbaton in NYC – January 5-6, 2018 – Details and registration open in November!*

Spring Locations – Applications open in December!

Boston, MA at Harvard Hillel.

Princeton, NJ Beit Midrash at Princeton Hillel Center for Jewish Life.

Queens, NY at Queens College Hillel.

Washington Heights, NY Beit Midrash at the Washington Heights YM-YWHA.


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.