Bonim Beyachad Fellowship
Join Our Inaugural Cohort: Launching August 2024
Bonim Beyachad is a 10-month cohort-based fellowship at Hebrew College in Newton, MA to support adults who are new to teaching in part-time and supplemental Jewish educational settings. The fellowship provides in-person and virtual professional development in pedagogy, content, and classroom management for new teachers.
We established Bonim Beyachad to support lay people in becoming Jewish educators, empowering them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to enter classrooms ready to make a difference in children’s lives. We are excited to welcome our first cohort of Bonim Fellows, who will be part of a community of learners trained in pedagogy and Jewish content, and receive one-on-one, personalized mentoring.
Dr. Susie Tanchel, Hebrew College Vice President
We Need You!
More and more Jewish educational leaders, both affiliated and unaffiliated with synagogues, are turning to community members to teach in their programs. These community members are committed to a vibrant Jewish life, deepening their own Jewish learning, and are inspired to share their love for Judaism with children. Yet, they have little or no background in education. The Bonim Beyachad fellowship provides deep Jewish content and scaffolded learning in a robust community of learners.
About the Program
Every Bonim Beyachad seminar will introduce a theory or pedagogy, offer practical classroom applications, and provide content through a pluralistic lens. Fellows will engage with Jewish content and curricular materials, explore educational pedagogies, and be part of a community of educators who reflect on their practice with the goal of improving their teaching. At the end of the program, Bonim Beyachad Fellows will have gained knowledge, skills, colleagues, confidence, and resources which will benefit their home community.
- 18 synchronous Zoom seminars from 12-1:30 p.m. ET | 9-10:30 a.m. PT between August 2024 and April 2025. Zoom seminars will take place on a TBD weekday.
- One in-person retreat at Hebrew College outside of Boston, MA from Tuesday, November 5 (2:30 p.m. ET) – Thursday, November 7 (2:30 p.m. ET)
- 7 sessions of personalized mentoring
- 10 hours of adult learning
Who Should Apply?
Adults teaching or volunteering in Jewish supplemental school settings with little or no training in education who want to contribute to their community, engage in meaningful work, and deepen their relationship with Jewish traditions and rituals.
Teams or multiple teachers from the same institution are encouraged to apply.
All fellows must be teaching or volunteering in a part time or supplemental setting during the 2024-2025 school year. Hebrew College will help with job placement as needed once an application is received. Applicants do not need a teaching position to apply.
- Rolling admissions, applications due by May 15, 2024
- Interviews conducted through May 31, 2024
- Acceptances sent out no later than June 19, 2024
- Signed Letter of Participation from applicant due by June 30, 2024
Nominate a Bonim Beyachad Fellow
Do you know someone who will benefit from the Bonim Bayachad Fellowship?
Please reach out to Robin Kahn, Bonim Beyachad Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participation is heavily subsidized by a generous grant. Scholarships available.
Bonim Beyachad is a program of Hebrew College’s MaTaRoT Center for Jewish Professional Learning & Leadership.