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HUC-JIR Atara Merit Scholarship and Fellowship in Global Jewish Leadership

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We are thrilled to be able to offer our new Atara Merit Scholarship to incoming HUC-JIR students in our Rabbinical, Cantorial and Education programs who exhibit academic excellence. Each Atara Scholarship award will range between $6,000 and $18,000 per year. In order to be eligible for a the new Atara Merit Scholarship you must complete the online application by uploading your essay responses (prompts below) no later than February 20, 2018

Atara עטרה in Hebrew means a royal crown, that which symbolizes a high state of achievement and respect. The College-Institute is honored to have committed supporters who want to 'crown' a small group of incoming students with these special scholarships in order to support stellar future leaders throughout your HUC-JIR program (pending renewal application and academic standing).

Should you be selected by the HUC-JIR National Office of Recruitment and Admissions Office and the Office of Financial Aid to receive a special Atara Merit Scholarship, you will also be eligible for need-based Scholarships. We expect to announce all of these awards in Spring 2018. The Atara Merit Scholarships can be renewed by the College-Institute each year of your full-time enrollment assuming you remain in good academic standing and pending approval. If you have any questions about the application or the Atara Scholarship please contact

Atara Scholarship Essay Prompts

Please answer the following questions in a short essay (not more than 1-2 pages,per answer, double-spaced):

1. What is a significant change or transformation you would want to help lead in the Jewish community and how do you hope to lead it?

2. What of your unique skill-set, experiences and capacities make you especially well-suited for long-term Jewish leadership success?



                                      A Joint Initiative of JDC Entwine and HUC-JIR

JDC Entwine and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) have established a first-ever graduate Fellowship in Global Jewish Leadership for rabbinical, cantorial and Jewish education students.  This unique initiative represents a new platform and model in the Jewish world, providing a growing cadre of up and coming Jewish leaders with significant expertise in global Jewish issues.

This two-year fellowship – corresponding to Years One and Two of the HUC-JIR academic program – will provide up to five rabbinical, cantorial, and education students the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of global Jewish issues; contribute their unique skills through tailored field placements in overseas communities; and enrich Jewish life in North America through delivering curriculum focused on global Jewish responsibility in synagogue settings and beyond.  Through the Fellowship’s integrated platform of in-class study, overseas service, and local field work in North American synagogue communities, Fellows will form a core force of young Jewish leaders equipped to bring a global perspective and value of Jewish mutual responsibility to their leadership in congregational settings, Hebrew schools, and beyond.

This fellowship also includes tuition coverage and a stipend.

The deadline for this application is February 20, 2018

JDC Fellowship Essay Prompts

Please answer the following questions in a short essay (no more than 500 words per answer):

1.      Why do you want to participate in this Fellowship?  What would you bring to the experience?  What are you looking to get out of the experience?

2.      The Fellowship is inspired by the concept of "kol yisrael arevim zeh la-zeh (all Jews are responsible for one another)".  What does this concept mean to you?

3.      How will you bring your experience in the Fellowship back to the community in which you plan to serve as a professional?