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to the ATID Fellows
The ATID Fellowship is comprised of a select group of young men and
women who have shown early promise of taking a role in educational
leadership. Fellows participate in Friday seminars in Jerusalem on
a select topic, delivered by renowned senior educators from Israel
and the Diaspora. Each Fellow works on a field of specific research
of his or her choice (subject to faculty approval), and benefits
from numerous hours of private tutorial with a senior mentor who
guides the research and the Fellows personal inquiry. Fellows
are given broad latitude to explore areas of research, given that
they can demonstrate the importance to themselves and the
community. The research projects and papers are presented at a
symposium at the end of the year, and published in a special
The best and brightest in Modern Orthodoxy, the Fellows will surely
assume leadership roles in the Jewish community in Israel and the Diaspora.
Fellows emerge with
The ability to act as reflective practitioners in their
craft - mining the world of educational theory in a way
that enriches and deepens their practice.
Personal and professional relationships with senior educators
that will serve them throughout their careers.
A sophisticated understanding of and approach to major issues
facing Jewish education and the Jewish community.
Sharpened understanding of their own professional goals, and the
means necessary to achieve them.
Outstanding collegial relationships with other educators and
communal leaders from around the globe.
A unique model of training
ATID strives to prepare its participants through a unique
formula - the intense encounter with the deep ideas that should
be shaping and driving Jewish education, a meaningful personal
journey guided by those ideas, and the benefit of group
deliberations with peers and mentors.
Our experience has shown that young educators (in particular) often
suffer from a sense of being overwhelmed with the pressures of
beginning a career, preparing lessons, learning through
trial-&-error, etc., that they are unable (even if convinced
of the value) to engage in the deep examination of the theory
behind their craft that can and should be enriching their
practice. Sadly, many of our schools neither value nor provide for
such inquiry (either in a community-wide, school-wide, or even
personal basis). Among our goals is to enable and guide promising
young educators to engage in such deliberationboth
individually and as a groupunder the guidance of senior
educators who serve as consultants to ATID and as mentors to the
individual participants. The financial stipend ATID provides to
each Fellow allows them to find the time dedicate serious thought
and research to these important issues, and to dedicate more of
their limited resources and hours toward personal and professional