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Sundays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., monthly, and two trips.  Full Calendar

The Zehut* Jewish Identity Fellowship is a 10th grade year long exploration of fundamental questions of Jewish identity, Israel, Antisemitism, our obligations to the Jewish people, the stranger and to humanity. 

Issues we may explore together include: the idea of peoplehood, the history of Israel, the right of Jewish self determination, the relationship between Judaism and democracy, the Israel/Palestine conflict, what it means to go from a powerless people to having power, the relationship between Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism and the Jewish mandate to welcome the stranger and not oppress strangers because of our own story of having been strangers. The curriculum will be developed using materials published by the Shalom Hartman Institute

We will meet monthly for discussions and guest speakers Sunday, 11:00-12:30 in-person at Bet Torah. The fellowship will include two trip experiences. We will spend a Sunday in New York City exploring the Jewish immigrant experience and what it means to live at a time when we have two homes: North America and Israel. We will also travel to Tucson, Arizona for a multi-day trip to the US-Mexico border during presidents’ week. This trip will sensitize us to the immigration experience of others through conversations with non-profit leaders, recent immigrants and include our own experience of crossing the border. 

The Zehut Jewish identity fellowship will provide thinking, framing and first hand experiences with the goal of equipping young adults to become thoughtful, caring and engaged future Jewish community members and leaders. There will be opportunities for follow up in 11th and 12th grade and beyond. 

The fellowship will primarily be taught by Rabbi Brusso with guest speakers. Loen Amer will serve as staff to the fellowship and during the experiential excursions. There may be required reading between sessions. 

The fellowship will require a brief essay application for participation. 

As this is the first year of the fellowship we will consider it a pilot year during which we will be testing and evaluating content and curriculum for future years. 

Tuition for the year will be $1,250, based on current flight costs. This includes speakers, curriculum, educators, and full cost of both trips. Cost should not be a barrier to participation. Financial aid is available. 


*Zehut means identity 

Zehut Jewish Identity Fellowship is supported by the Daniel and Ida Lang Scholarship Fund. 

Tenative Calendar

MondayMon, 5 SepSeptember, 2022

 
 
Zehut JIF Application Due

Monday, Sep 5th (All day)Applications are required for Zehut, a year-long exploration of Jewish identity, our obligations to the Jewish people, the stranger and to humanity, open only to 10th graders.

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SundaySun, 13 NovNovember, 2022

 
 
Zehut JIF NYC Trip

Sunday, Nov 13th (All day)Zehut fellows will explore the Jewish immigrant experience in NYC, and what it means to live at a time when we have two homes: North America and Israel. Zehut is a year-long exploration of Jewish identity, open only to 10th graders.

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SundaySun, 19 FebFebruary, 2023

 
 
Zehut JIF Border Trip

Sunday, Feb 19th (All day)Zehut Jewish Identity Fellowship for 10th graders includes a trip to the US-Mexico border for conversations with non-profit leaders, recent immigrants and our own experience of crossing the border.

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MondayMon, 20 FebFebruary, 2023

 
 
Zehut JIF Border Trip

Monday, Feb 20th (All day)Zehut Jewish Identity Fellowship for 10th graders includes a trip to the US-Mexico border for conversations with non-profit leaders, recent immigrants and our own experience of crossing the border.

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TuesdayTue, 21 FebFebruary, 2023

 
 
Zehut JIF Border Trip

Tuesday, Feb 21st (All day)Zehut Jewish Identity Fellowship for 10th graders includes a trip to the US-Mexico border for conversations with non-profit leaders, recent immigrants and our own experience of crossing the border.

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WednesdayWed, 22 FebFebruary, 2023

 
 
Zehut JIF Border Trip

Wednesday, Feb 22nd (All day)Zehut Jewish Identity Fellowship for 10th graders includes a trip to the US-Mexico border for conversations with non-profit leaders, recent immigrants and our own experience of crossing the border.

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Tue, August 16 2022 19 Av 5782