Meet the Third Cohort of Founders' Fellows

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The HUC-JIR Founders’ Fellowship is named after the College-Institute’s co-founders, Rabbis Isaac Mayer Wise and Stephen S. Wise. Both were dedicated to making a difference in their respective communities such that they might positively inspire, revitalize, and unite the Jewish world at large.  We take our co-founders’ vision and perseverance as the inspiration for this Fellowship by encouraging college students to be bold, take action, and shift paradigms to re-imagine and strengthen progressive Jewish campus life.

This past November, the New York campus of HUC-JIR hosted an intensive three-day weekend retreat during which Founders’ Fellows were invited to share and workshop their existing or prospective initiatives to elevate progressive Jewish life on college campuses.  This weekend allowed students a chance to outline strategies to be implemented throughout the remainder of the school year with coordinated support from the Fellowship and their peers, as well as stipends to catalyze their respective visions.  Through an open application process, 18 exceptional students, drawn from colleges in North America, were selected to participate in this Fellowship. We are excited about what they will bring to the cohort and the Jewish community. 

Our 18 fellows are currently studying at 16 different colleges and Universities across the continent. See the list below to find out where the campus reimagining will take place. 

Founders’ Fellows Cohort Three Undergraduate Institutions:

Brandeis University        

College of William & Mary           

Florida State University

Lafayette College            

McGill University            

Michigan State University           

Pitzer College   

St. Edward's University

Stanford University

The University of Arizona

The University of Texas at Austin

University of Massachusetts – Amherst

University of Cincinnati

University of Michigan

University of North Texas

Yale University

Learn more about the structure of the fellowship here


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu