Fellowship for Rabbinic Entrepreneurs


Developed in partnership with M2: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education, the Fellowship for Rabbinic Entrepreneurs is a one-year internship for rabbinical students of all denominations who seek to build the communities they wish to serve. Working at local Hillels and with OOI's partners, rabbinic entrepreneurs learn the critical skills to design, develop, and scale new Jewish communities. Ultimately, OOI hopes to not only build new models of Jewish life, but to help shape the rabbinate of tomorrow.


Meet the Fellows
Zohar Atkins
Retired Chef, Trekkie, Aspiring Golfer

Rabbi Dr. Zohar Atkins is the Founding Director of Etz Hasadeh: A Center for Existential Torah. A Fellow at SHI North America, he holds a DPhil in Theology from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and semikha from JTS, where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Zohar received both an M.A. and B.A. from Brown. In 2016, The Jewish Week named him one of 36 under 36 innovators in Jewish Life. Zohar is the author of Nineveh (Carcanet, 2019), which won an Eric Gregory Award, and Unframing Existence (Palgrave, 2018). He writes a weekly Torah commentary newsletter @ tinyletter.com/etzhasadeh

Gabe Falk
Community Creator, Eye-Smiler, Meitali’s Abba

Gabe Falk is entering his third year as a rabbinical student at Yeshiva University, which he’ll be completing remotely from Cleveland, Ohio. He spent the first year of his rabbinic studies in Israel, studying and teaching in the kollel at Yeshivat Har Etzion. As an undergraduate, Gabe studied History and Economics at Columbia University. Upon graduating, Gabe spent three years as a financial services consultant before deciding to devote his life to building Jewish community. He is the founder of UWS Jews, a thriving grassroots community for Orthodox young professionals living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Gabe and his wife Debra are proud parents to Meital, and the three of them live in Cleveland’s Beachwood neighborhood. Gabe is also a Wexner Graduate Fellow.

Isaiah Joseph Rothstein
Bridge Builder, Nomadically Hospitable, Composer and Rapping Rabbi.

Isaiah Joseph Rothstein is a rabbi, songwriter and spiritual enthusiast, originally from the ultra-orthodox community of Monsey, NY. As a Jew of Color, Isaiah shares ancestry with people of different faiths, colors and backgrounds. His ancestors fought in the American Revolutionary War, were Eastern-European Jews, and slaves in America. From Haredi to Universalists, and from Chabad niggunim (songs) to Motown, Rothstein grew up dancing between worlds. Passing for white, while honoring his Jewish and African roots, Isaiah learned early on that being Black-Jewish and American were different, and saw it as his mission to help others unlock their unique legacy and voice. Isaiah attended Binghamton University (‘10), followed by Yeshiva University for his masters of social work (‘13) and rabbinic ordination (‘15). During this time, Isaiah began to expand his sense of Jewish peoplehood and his role as a rabbi, traveling around the world, spreading stories of peace, hope, and song. In 2013, Isaiah became a founding member of the Beis Community in Washington Heights, a place where “All. Are Welcome. Always.” In later years, Isaiah has continued to develop his voice as a leader, authoring dozens of articles around diversity, inclusion and social change. Currently serving as the Rabbi-in-Residence at Hazon and Be’chol Lashon--organizations that have the vision for a more healthy and sustainable community for everyone--Isaiah is also the founder of the Union Street Sanctuary, a open space to explore our unique voice, ancestral heritage and the diversified wisdom of the world around us. With his free time, performs with his band Zayah, and is in process of writing a musical about the Story of Esther.

Stephanie Sanger-Miller
Retired Chef, Trekkie, Aspiring Golfer

It is with great joy that Rabbi Stephanie Sanger-Miller is entering her second year as Assistant Director of Brandeis Hillel. Before coming to Brandeis and returning to the Hillel family, Stephanie served as the Rabbinic Intern for BINA (Tel Aviv), Associate Director & Director of Content for Convergence on Campus, Program Director of the Interfaith Youth Initiative, and Rabbinic Fellow at Tufts University Hillel. She was a member of the first Hillel Rabbinic Student Fellowship, a participant the Kevah Teaching Fellowship, and chaplain intern in Holy Family Hospital’s Clinical Pastoral Education unit. Stephanie has studied at BINA, the Conservative Yeshiva, Pardes, and the Shalom Hartman Institute, and received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College Rabbinical School, and a B.A. in Sociocultural Anthropology and Hispanic Language and Literature from Boston University.

Rena Singer
Goofy Dancer, Chill Philosopher, Messy but Adventurous Cook

Rena Singer is a fifth year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion. Rena was raised in Seattle and got her BA in Philosophy at Brandeis University. Rena spent two years studying as a yeshiva student at the Hadar Institute on the Upper West Side. Rena is a Tisch rabbinic fellow and has participated in the Be Wise Fellowship for Jewish Entrepreneurialism and the 92Y Jewish Innovation Fellowship. Rena is the co-founder of Modern Ritual, an online source for beautiful Jewish content and community. Rena is passionate about great pasta and Paul Simon.

Zissy Turner
Drasha Performer, Gemara Guide, Gefilte Fish-head

Zissy Turner serves as the Community Educator at Lincoln Square Synagogue, where she facilitates programs and initiatives to engage and teach the vibrant Upper West Side community. She is a graduate of Yeshiva University’s Graduate Program in Advanced Talmud Study (GPATS) and an MA candidate at Bernard Revel School of Jewish Studies. Previously, Zissy was the Congregational Intern at Kesher Israel, an Orthodox synagogue in Washington, DC. She is a Wexner Graduate Fellow/ Davidson Scholar. She has educated in communities across the United States and Great Britain.



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