The Deadline for Fellowship Applications has Passed.
We look forward to learning more about you next year!
To be reminded about applications for 2019-2020, please fill out this form: http://tinyurl.com/RWBinquiry
If you have any questions, please email our Program Coordinator, Shelli Aderman at email@example.com.
CLAL’s Rabbis Without Borders Network (RWB) is the leading edge of today’s rabbinate. Rabbis Without Borders challenge themselves to see, experience, and create the next era in Jewish life. RWBs span different denominations and viewpoints, yet are united in an effort to communicate a Judaism that can compete in a globalized, interconnected world, in which identities and communal boundaries are increasingly permeable. To achieve this goal, RWBs are committed to the values of pluralism, service to everyone, and innovation in all aspects of Judaism.
To enter this exciting network of rabbis, Directed by Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu, we invite you to apply to be an RWB Fellow, with teachers and mentors from the CLAL Faculty. Each year we accept a diverse group of twenty rabbis to form a cohort group.
The RWB Fellowship is a one year program consisting of:
- An intensive peer cohort experience fostered through:
- Three in-person retreats
- An interactive Google Group for ongoing conversations
- Relationship building through growth and study
- Multifaceted learning on issues central to American life today
- One-on-one coaching to bring innovative ideas to fruition
During the course of the RWB Fellowship, rabbis learn:
- How to use Jewish wisdom and practice as a public good.
- How to use the science of positive psychology to reimagine Judaism as a path of flourishing for individuals and communities.
- How to use postmodern identity formation theory, epistemology, and sociology to create a pluralist, accessible, usable and passionate Judaism.
- How to employ technology and social media to reach a larger audience.
- How to employ innovation theory and design thinking to create new Jewish products, services, experiences, and organizations.
- After completing the first year Fellowship, rabbis will be integrated into the larger RWB Network, an environment which fosters ongoing experimentation, innovative thinking, collaboration on projects, and opportunities to serve in diverse settings. Each Fellow is required to create at least one new program/initiative/curriculum/product as a result of the Fellowship (examples can be found here), be open to giving back to the community by serving in the RWB Service Corps, and committed to deepening the work of the RWB Network.
You can read even more about the Fellowship here: A Powerful Leadership Network: An Examination of Rabbis Without Borders
Consulting and Local Seminars
RWB faculty are available to run seminars and retreats for local groups of rabbis. We have worked with groups across the country. We can tailor programs to fit your needs. Examples of possible programs are:
- Innovative methods for using Jewish wisdom to help people of all backgrounds flourish in their lives.
- Rethinking the shape and meaning of institutions and institutionalized practices.
- The theory and practice of pluralism. Why hearing different viewpoints strengthens our society, what kind of religious voices do Americans consider authentic and why.
- Investigating the shifting picture of religious identity in America today, the challenges and opportunities rabbis face given a quickly evolving landscape.
- Using technology and media to communicate your message to a broad audience.
The Op-Ed Project
The Op-Ed Project’s mission is to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world. A starting goal is to increase the number of women thought leaders in key commentary forums to a tipping point. We envision a world where the best ideas – regardless of where they come from – will have a chance to be heard, and to shape society and the world.
Rabbis Without Borders works with The OpEd Project to scout and train under-represented Jewish experts to take thought leadership positions in their fields; we connect them with our national network of high-level media mentors; and we vet and channel the best new experts and ideas directly to media gatekeepers who need them, across all platforms.