The Montefiore Endowment aims to promote the values of tolerance, social harmony and mutual understanding for wide public benefit in accordance with the teachings of the Torah and as demonstrated in the life and works of Sir Moses Montefiore, through:
The first conference of this type was held in Jerusalem in November 2013 at Mishkenot Sha´ananim
With a similar aim to that of the Gap-Year Fellowship scheme, the Leadership Courses will be designed to build up a cadre of outstanding lay leaders, educated to serve their communities through Torah study and with the ability to promote the virtues of tolerance, social harmony and mutual understanding for wide public benefit in accordance with the teachings of the Torah and as demonstrated in the life and works of Sir Moses Montefiore.
The Courses will be held at Mishkenot Sha´ananim, the first residential district to be built outside the walls of the city of Jerusalem, established by Sir Moses Montefiore in 1860. Its excellent facilities and historical overtones make it an ideal venue.
Fourteen élite post-graduate students from English-speaking universities were enrolled for the first course held in Mishkenot Sh´ananim, Jerusalem, which lasted for ten days. The participants received special training in community leadership; and as the Course focussed on study, inspiration and personal example, they were exposed to a variety of outstanding religious and secular personalities from Israel and beyond.
If successful, the Course will be repeated in subsequent years, with cumulative benefit to English-speaking Jewish communities throughout the world.
See Letter from participants