Boston Bridges Fellowship

A Fellowship for Religious & Communal Leaders

Sponsors: Hebrew College & Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries

Need: We live in an age of unprecedented interaction among people with different religious identities and communal affiliations. In order to foster a healthy democratic society and enrich our religious communities, we need leaders that can help their constituents engage this diversity in constructive and meaningful ways. 

Response: Hebrew College is excited to present the Boston Bridges Fellowship Program for emerging religious and communal leaders. The purpose of the initiative is to provide outstanding individuals the
opportunity to develop sustained relationships with peers from different religious and cultural contexts and to refine and deepen their leadership
skills for service in a diverse society. 12 Fellowships will be awarded annually. 

Program Structure: The Boston Bridges program will consist of 9 in-person meetings (once monthly from September to May) on the Hebrew College
campus in Newton, MA. Each meeting will include an informal dinner (30-45 minutes), a leadership development presentation (45-60 minutes), and group
discussion (45-60 minutes). Sessions will be led by Hebrew College faculty and staff, as well as outstanding religious, cultural, and civic leaders from the
Greater Boston area. Fellows will also be invited to introduce each other to their respective religious communities in creative ways.

Eligibility: This fellowship program is open to leaders with up to approximately five years of professional or significant volunteer experience in
houses of worship, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and health care facilities in the Greater Boston area (or from elsewhere in New
England with permission from the program coordinator).

Participant Expectations: Each participant will actively engage in at least eight of the nine in-person sessions. The group meetings will require
30-45 minutes of reading or other preparation. All fellows will be expected to write two short reflective essays on their experiences in the program or on a related topic. 

Meeting Location Dates: Walker Center, 144 Hancock Street, Auburndale, MA, 02466, Thursdays, 6-9pmSeptember 13, 2018; October 11, 2018; November 15, 2018; December 13, 2018; January 24, 2019; February 21, 2019; March 14, 2019; April 11, 2019; May 9, 2019.

Fellowship Stipends: Each participant will receive a $500 stipend paid in two equal disbursements, January 2019 and June 2019. Final stipend disbursements will be contingent upon participation in a minimum of eight cohort gatherings, submission of two reflective essays (one by December 31, 2018, and the second by May 1, 2019), and a brief exit interview and written evaluation with the Boston Bridges coordinator to be completed by May 31, 2019.

How to apply: The 2018-2019 application is now available here or via:


Application deadline: July 31, 2018.

2018-2019 fellows will be notified by August 15, 2018.

For further information, contact Miller Center Associate Director, Rev. Soren M. Hessler:


Rabbi Or Rose

Rev. Soren Hessler
Associate Director