A few weeks ago, Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future completed its third year inspiring day school parents through the Kohelet Fellowships. As of this year, 28 day schools, 12 Preschools and over 1100 day school and preschool parents have participated in the Kohelet Fellowships program. Participating communities have included Boca Raton, Philadelphia, Manhattan, Long Island, Memphis, Denver, Kansas City, and Atlanta. This year the program is continuing in three communities, New York, Denver and Kansas City.
The Kohelet Fellowships Program is a 2-year Jewish learning experience for parents of Jewish day school students. Fellows study Jewish texts, either in classes or one-on-one, participate in community learning events, and explore the provided lessons with their families. Fellows receive tuition breaks from their Jewish day schools, funded by the Kohelet Foundation and its partners as a grant to each school. The Kohelet Fellowships are run as a partnership between The Kohelet Foundation, The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, and Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future.
Fellows enrolled in the CJF chavruta learning track are partnered with a chavruta, or learning partner. Each week, via email, fellows receive the curriculum for the following week and they set up their own time to learn, either in person, by phone, or over video chat. The curriculum is structured as four 10-week semesters, with each session lasting approximately one hour.
This year, about 200 people have been learning every week through Yeshiva University. Kohelet Fellows study materials on various relevant and engaging topics. The current semester is entitled “Leadership Lessons,” and discusses important Jewish leaders throughout history, focusing on ethical issues that they encountered and what those lessons teach us today.
This year’s learning concluded with graduation events for fellows in Boca Raton and Atlanta. Participants from diverse backgrounds and affiliated with a variety of Jewish schools attended the events where they sat and learned Torah together. The evenings began with a video message from David Magerman, President of the Kohelet Foundation, explaining his motivation for becoming so strongly involved in Jewish education. It was truly inspiring to see all types of Jews united around our shared texts and a shared experience of two years of weekly Torah study.
We hope that the energy of these events will carry the Kohelet Fellows through years of learning in the future.
More information can be found at www.Koheletfellowships.com.