AIPAC's Leffell Israel Fellowship

Open to rabbinical students from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati, Los Angeles and New York), the Jewish Theological Seminary, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, Yeshiva University and Yeshivat Chovovei Torah, the Leffell Israel Fellowship will engage selected rabbinical students through education, advocacy, and mentorship. This prestigious program will deepen students’ understanding of modern Israel, the United States – Israel relationship, and its place in the rabbinate.

This 18 month* fellowship provides the following opportunities during that period:

  • Participation in the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC
    Leffell Israel Fellows will have their registration fees, double hotel occupancy and travel to DC covered by AIPAC. The rabbinical students will participate in the regular conference program, the exclusive rabbinic track, and special programming for the Leffell Fellows. Policy Conference is March 4-6, 2018.

  • Exclusive Pre-Policy Conference Leffell Fellows Shabbaton with the Harman Institute
    Leffell Israel Fellows will spend Shabbat together prior to Policy Conference and have the opportunity learn from top Hartman scholars such as Yossi Klein Halevi, Tal Becker, and more. These sessions will only be open to Leffell Israel Fellows. The cost of the Shabbaton is covered by the fellowship. The Shabbaton takes place on March 2-3, 2018.

  • Leffell Israel Fellowship Mission to Israel
    During the second year of the fellowship, Leffell Fellows travel to Israel to engage in nuanced discussions with a diverse group of global leaders, Members of Knesset and influential scholars. Air transportation, accommodations in Israel, and all ground expenses in Israel are covered by the Leffell Fellowship. The mission will occur during the semester break in late-December and early-January.

  • Invitations to exclusive, local AIPAC events
    Fellows will be invited to events reserved for AIPAC’s club members and top activists. Events in the past have included regional galas, in-depth briefings and conference calls, rabbinic roundtables and more.

  • One-on-one mentorship from America’s top pro-Israel rabbis
    Leffell Israel Fellows are paired with a pulpit rabbi from their denomination who is deeply engaged in pro-Israel activism in their community. The mentorship will facilitate relevant and meaningful conversations regarding pro-Israel activism in the rabbinate and also provide the mentee opportunities to gain practical experience.

Please click here to apply for the Leffell Israel Fellowship.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and are due by November 27, 2017.

Questions? Email Rabbi Jeremy Pappas, National Director of Rabbinical Student Program,

*Rabbinical students that will be ordained in Spring 2018 are eligible and encouraged to apply for the fellowship. However, their fellowship benefits will end upon ordination.