The Gap-Year Fellowship Scheme

The Montefiore Endowment’s vision is to create broadly-educated lay leaders for the Jewish community – leaders who are moderate and clear-headed in their approach and who will represent Judaism pleasantly and without aggression by stressing the middle way and avoiding extremes. They should recognise the virtue of inclusivity as well as the value of the world around us – and not merely tolerance of it for the purpose of earning a living.


In an attempt to create within the UK community an ever-growing group of broadly-educated young men and women imbued with the Montefiore ethos and dedicated to community service, the Montefiore Endowment is offering up to ten merit-based fellowships each year to school-leavers with potential leadership qualities. The fellowships are awarded in partnership with a yeshiva and with a seminary in Jerusalem, both carefully selected.

In this, the fourth year of the scheme (2016-7), four young men have taken up fellowships at Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi and five young woman at Midreshet Harova where, in addition to their routine studies, they will undergo special training by the Montefiore Endowment at Mishkenot Sha’ananim. The fellows were selected by taking into account leadership potential, academic achievement and, above all, a genuine wish to serve the community.

Former fellows are required to maintain contact with the Endowment after their return to the UK, by which time it is hoped that their esprit-de-corps will help them contribute, at least part-time and in an appropriate capacity, to the community.

Application forms will be issued by the yeshivah and the seminary to eligible applicants who have been offered places.

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