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 offers 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.
Following my recent graduation from Cambridge and joining the Semicha Course, I express appreciation to the Endowment for supporting my year in Yeshiva. That had tremendous impact on me and was the start of a long journey.
Oren Yefet (Current Semicha student)
In the many years during which this scheme has been in operation, numerous 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, and on Zoom when this was not possible. In 2021 Yeshivat HaKotel joined the Fellowship Programme as an additional partner.
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 evaluating leadership potential, academic achievement and, above all, an applicant’s genuine wish to serve the community.
This programme is restricted to the partner seminary and yeshivot. Those wishing to be considered for a fellowship should note that application forms can be obtained from the partner seminary or yeshivot on request only by those who have already been offered places by those institutions. Applications made directly to the Montefiore Endowment cannot be considered.
The range of speakers each fortnight is something rare to find and the experience beyond comparison to any other I have encountered.
Louis Seitler (Gap-Year Fellow)