mind the gap program

Maharat and YCT have partnered to launch an exciting new program: “Mind the Gap: A Mini Sabbatical,” designed for Jewish professionals who are headed to or in-between jobs in the Jewish communal sector, with the goal of deepening participants’ capacity to integrate and apply Jewish wisdom, text, and spirituality to their leadership contexts. 


During this program, participants will learn with faculty, participate in group learning and discussion, and workshop their own questions and ideas. 


Limited enrollment, apply now! Tuition is fully funded and stipends of $1500 per trimester are available. 


Who is Eligible/Criteria for admissions:

  • Current or aspiring Jewish communal professional

  • Basic knowledge of Hebrew alphabet

  • Interested in returning to or joining a Jewish institution 

  • Open to all genders


Study full or part time.  Choose any or all of the trimester units. 

Unit 1: October 12, 2020 - December 18, 2020

Unit 2: January 4, 2021 - March 12, 2021

Unit 3: April 5, 2021 - June 11, 2021


First trimester will be online. Second and third trimesters could be on-site (with limited online spots available).


Sponsored by the Aviv Foundation, the Jim Joseph Foundation, and the Maimonides Fund through the Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund.



9:00 AM - 12:30PM: Applied Jewish Wisdom with Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter and Rabbi Dr. Dan Smokler. This morning section will have an option for those interested in text immersion to improve their text and Talmud skills. Please indicate if you are interested in this on the application. 


1:30 PM-5:00 PM: During the afternoon, there will be a variety of classes offered, including Chasidut and Tanakh. The Mind the Gap cohort can participate in a module called the Design Lab where they will have the opportunity to test, design, and incubate ideas in their field of interest, featuring skill-building workshops throughout the trimester. 


For more details contact mindthegapsabbatical@gmail.com.



​​What would my financial and time commitment look like? 

Tuition is fully funded. There are stipends available, and limited slots available.  You can attend full-time (Monday through Thursday 9am-5pm) or only mornings or afternoons.


What happens if I want to increase my time commitment? 

You are welcome to commit to any or all three trimesters, and will only need to fill out one application.  If you enroll for one and wish to stay longer, you are welcome to do so if space is available.  Likewise, you can enroll for half day and expand to full day if space is available. 

What happens if I get a job in the middle of a trimester? 

We understand that you may need to leave if you obtain employment mid-trimester.  Stipends are paid at the end of each trimester and are dependent upon attendance at no less than 75% during the trimester. 

Do I need to be headed to rabbinical school?

No! Both Maharat and Chovevei Torah have rabbinical tracks and are happy to discuss requirements to enter those programs.  Mind the Gap requires no commitment to attend rabbinical school.  

Do I need to be fluent in Hebrew?

No! The program can accommodate those who have the skills to participate in deep Talmud immersion (see track 2), but Mind the Gap is designed to expose you to values and ideas through a Jewish lens.  It would be helpful to have familiarity with Hebrew, but all texts will be studied with English translations. Sample topics may include Racism, Tolerance, and Diversity through a Jewish Lens.

Do I have to live in the New York area?

The first trimester is designed to be virtual. We hope that the second and third trimesters will be on-site, although we will have limited slots available to accommodate distance learners.

How do I apply and what is the process for admission?

Please complete this application.  Our admissions committee will review applications, and set up a virtual interview with you.  There is rolling admissions, but limited spots and funding for stipends. 

Still have questions?  Email mindthegapsabbatical@gmail.com.