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MISSION – The Fellowship program aims to engage and develop (future) Jewish leaders through creating an intellectual and social environment where fellows can engage in ideas on contemporary issues central to Jewish life and thought.


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION– The fellowship will run for six months between Sukkos and Pesach. Fellows will meet monthly at the Young Israel of White Plains to discuss a selection of texts focused on a given topic (chosen annually).  Each session will consist of a general discussion on a given topic/text as well as a presentation by one of the fellows on how the topic/text relates to his or her current research.  These sessions will be open to the public, yet will be mainly geared towards the professional development of the fellows.  Each fellow will also serve as a scholar-in-residence for a Shabbos at the YIWP.  Each fellow will receive a $1,000 honorarium for his or her participation.  The fellowship program will be overseen by Ira Bedzow.

Rabbi Dr. Ira Bedzow is the Director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program at New York Medical College and Senior Scholar of the Aspen Center for Social Values.  Bedzow received his Ph.D. from Emory University, an M.A. from Touro College, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, a B.A. from Princeton University, and rabbinic ordination (Yoreh Yoreh and Yadin Yadin). He is the author of six books, numerous articles and chapters on law, medical ethics, and philosophy.

FELLOWS – Fellows will be chosen through a selective application process.  To apply please send the following to with the subject line YIWP FELLOWSHIP by September 20:

1.  A 300-word paragraph on which topic most interests you today and why

2.  A paper or article that you have written

3.  A published article or chapter that has changed the way that you think about the topic that most interests you today

4.  Your CV


DATE FOR FIRST MEETING – Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Mon, September 24 2018 15 Tishrei 5779