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 about ten merit-based fellowships each year to school-leavers with potential leadership qualities. The fellowships are awarded in partnership with a seminary and two yeshivot in Jerusalem, all carefully selected.

In the seven years during which this scheme has been in operation, many young men and women have benefitted from fellowships at Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi and Midreshet Harova, where in addition to their routine studies, they have undergone a special course of leadership studies by the Montefiore Endowment at Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem For this coming year (2020-2021) Yeshivat HaKotel has joined as an additional partner in the Fellowship Programme.

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.

Fellows are selected by taking into account leadership potential, academic achievement and, above all, a genuine wish to serve the community. Application forms to be considered for a fellowship by the Montefiore Endowment will be issued by the yeshivot and the seminary only to eligible applicants who have already been offered places in their own institutions.

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