The Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel (BYFI) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for its 24th summer program. The Bronfman Youth Fellowships sends 26 outstanding North American teenagers to Israel, for five weeks of intellectually engaging summer study during which they experience a shared sense of Jewish community. The program educates and inspires exceptional young Jews from diverse backgrounds to become active participants and leaders in Jewish culture throughout their lives, and to contribute their talents and vision to the Jewish community and to the world at large.
Traveling throughout Israel, the Fellows participate in study and dialogue with diverse rabbinic faculty, which is made up of North American educators, associated with different movements and perspectives within Judaism, who have spent long periods in Israel and have extensive experience working with young people. Fellows meet with some of Israel’s leading intellectuals, religious and political leaders, and educators. They also spend a week with a group of Israeli peers who have been chosen through a parallel selection process as part of the Israeli Youth Fellowship: Amitei Bronfman. After the summer, Fellows participate in a fall follow-up seminar in New York and are invited to a winter seminar with the Amitim in Connecticut. Bronfman Youth Fellows are asked to devise and lead social action projects upon returning home after the summer.
Applications for the 2010 Fellowship are available online and must be submitted online by January 20, 2010. High school students in the United States and Canada, who will be in the twelfth grade in the Fall of 2010 may apply.