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MJE Fellowships, now entering its 16th Year with 220 graduates to date is a select cadre of MJE participants with little or no prior Jewish education who have expressed a desire to move their Jewish learning to the next level. The program seeks to educate and helps to produce knowledgeable and passionate leaders for the future. The fellowship was dedicated in honor of Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm for his years of extraordinary scholarship and leadership on behalf of the Jewish people.
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Who can join?

Registration for this year is now closed.

Priority is given to people who have been active in the MJE community and have had a limited Jewish education. All applicants must be in their 20s or 30s and recommended by an MJE educator.

To inquire about the program further, email 

Fellowship Director, Ezra Cohen at

Program Details

The MJE FELLOWSHIP is a select cohort of Young Jewish Professionals (YJP's) in NYC who are committed to deepening their Jewish knowledge, increasing their observance of Jewish laws and customs, and connecting to Israel and the Jewish people in a deeper way.  We seek to educate and help produce knowledgeable and passionate Jewish leaders for the future.  We have created a specially-designed curriculum of classes, experiential seminars, Shabbat and holiday experiences, personal study, and mentoring within our unique YJP community in Manhattan. Fellows meet weekly on Wednesday nights for intensive Jewish study and on some Shabbats (2x/month) for services and meals. Fellows also meet for occasional special events, and monthly with an MJE mentor/spiritual life coach. In August 2024, we spend a transformational 8 days in Israel together. The MJE FELLOWSHIPS are awarded for one year, from October 2023 through the Margolius Israel trip in August 2024. Fellows have a variety of Jewish backgrounds, from little or no prior Jewish education to some Jewish day school and formal Jewish education. Virtually none of the Fellows come from an Orthodox background. Fellows are not expected to be observant when entering the Fellowship. We do strongly encourage Fellows to aspire to religious and spiritual growth during this year in their own personal ways. 

Program Details

The Fellowship classes covers a wide range of Jewish topics, to form a well rounded curriculum. From characters, stories, and themes in Tanach, to practical Jewish law, Jewish history and Jewish Philosophy, and everything in between, the MJE Fellowship classes afford the participant the fundamentals of what it means to be a Jew. The curriculum is split into 3 parts: One-on-One Partner Learning (7PM), Next Level (8PM) and Insights (9PM). every Wednesday. Check out this year's courses below!

5 Essential Components

The Fellowship has five essential components:  



A specially-created curriculum and structure to help you grow in your Jewish knowledge via educational and inspiring classes from MJE's accomplished and dynamic teachers.      



A collaborative cohort experience with 18 other seeking YJP's and concierge access to our unique MJE community      



Transformational and unique Margolius journey to Israel in summer 2024.



Inspiring Shabbat and holiday services, meals and get-aways that will center and strengthen your spiritual life        


Personalized opportunities for study and growth with an individual MJE mentor and a knowledgeable peer study partner.

Israel Travel
Program Includes:

Israel Trip - Heavily subsidized Tanach/Bible learning trip to Israel

Social Events -  Periodic gatherings to help connect the group socially

Field Trips -  YU Book Sale, Kosher tour of Whole Foods, Matza factory tour

Shabbatons - In suburban communities to expose Fellows to the broader Jewish family life and community

Mentorship - Each Fellow is assigned a mentor from the MJE staff to get the most from the program.

Senior Fellowship
Bellows Senior Fellowship

The MJE Bellows Senior Fellowship Leadership Program consists of a select cadre of committed MJE participants who have a deep desire to move their Jewish learning to the next level. This program combines weekly learning, mitzvah workshops, Chessed projects, Shabbatonim and a special track within the Spring Retreat to produce the next level leaders of MJE.

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