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.


APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN FOR THE 2019-2020 COHORT UNTIL MARCH 7, 2019. Rabbinical students and early-career rabbis (ordained in 2015 and later) of all denominations are welcome to apply. Click here for more information and to learn how to apply.

Meet the Fellows
Viktoria Bedo, Jewish Theological Seminary '21
Hungarian Culinarian, Niggun Devotee, Marathon Motivated

Viktoria Bedo is entering her third year as a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and is pursuing an MA in Talmud. Before attending JTS she worked at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies as a demographic research specialist. Viki graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Judaic Studies and Globalization Studies. Viki spent three of the past ten years studying rabbinic texts in Jerusalem at the Conservative Yeshiva and the Schechter Institute. Though born in Gothenburg, Sweden, Viki grew up in Budapest, Hungary, where her family lives until today. Viktoria is a Wien Scholar and a Wexner Graduate Fellow.

Jacob Bernstein, Yeshiva University '18
Idea Incubator, Experience Designer, Passionate about Potential

Rabbi Jacob Bernstein received Semikha from Yeshiva University's Rabbinical School (RIETS) after completing a Masters' degrees at Azrieli and Revel Graduate Schools in Jewish Education and Jewish History respectively. He is the incoming Campus Rabbi at Stern College for Women, and is pursuing a PhD in Modern Jewish History from Revel Graduate School as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. In the summer, Jacob serves as Director of Educational Programming at Camp Morasha. After spending this past year at YU's Gruss Kollel in Jerusalem, Jacob, along with his wife and two children, lives in Midtown Manhattan.

Dasi Fruchter, Yeshivat Maharat '16
Avid Listener, Bridge-Builder, Niggun (and soup) Alchemist

Rabbanit Hadas (Dasi) Fruchter is the Assistant Spiritual Leader and the director of eLEVate at Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, MD. She was ordained by Yeshivat Maharat in 2016, and completed an M.P.A. in Non-Profit Administration and an M.A. in Jewish Studies from NYU. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, she was the former Program Director at ImmerseNYC, New York’s only community mikveh project and was trained in community organizing through the Jewish Organizing Institute and Network (JOIN) Seminary Leadership Project. She believes deeply in helping others--regardless of age, background, and experience--to find resonance in the richness of Jewish ritual life, wisdom and narrative.

Elad Nehorai, Private Ordination
Emotional Writer, Introverted Community Builder, Spiritual Activist

Elad Nehorai is the creator of Hevria, an online and in-person community for creative Jews. He is also a prolific writer, writing as an opinion columnist for the Forward, on Hevria's website, and his blog Pop Chassid.

Joshua Pernick, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah '19
Rabbinic Time Traveler, Professional Schmoozer, Enterprising Pedagogue

Josh is a fourth year student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. A native of Nanuet, NY and adopted native of Charleston, SC, Josh loves all things "small town" Judaism. He was an early childhood and elementary school educator before beginning his rabbinic journey, teaching at Jewish day schools in Charleston (SC), Watertown (MA) and Atlanta (GA). Josh has served as student rabbi of Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh in Portland, Maine since 2016, receiving a grant from the Crown Foundation to expand his community role this past year. He looks forward to building community and teaching Torah this coming year in Durham, NC.

Jonathan Posner, Jewish Theological Seminary '21
Loves to Cook, Loves to Torah, Loves to Hustle

Jonathan is a Chef, a Shochet, and the founder of Wandering Foods Productions - a culinary events company committed to breathing youth and life back into Jewish cuisine. He is a 3rd year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and is working on community development initiatives in Harlem in partnership with JTS and Hillel’s Office of Innovation.

BASE FIELD FELLOW: Rabbi Elizabeth Bonney-Cohen, Hebrew College '18
Kansas City Devotee, Kiddush Schmoozer Extraordinaire, Soulful Seeker

The Base Movement & Hillel's Office of Innovation are excited to announce our inaugural Base Field Fellow, Elizabeth Bonney-Cohen. The Base Field Fellowship honors one graduate from OOI's Fellowship for Rabbinic Entrepreneurs with ongoing mentorship, training, and a stipend to host Shabbat meals, teach classes, and facilitate acts of service from their home. Raised in Overland Park, KS, Elizabeth is a graduate of William Jewell College and Yale Divinity School. Now, having received ordination from Hebrew College, Elizabeth’s work focuses on making Judaism’s traditions relevant and meaningful, especially to those who have found them inaccessible or daunting to engage. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys documentary films, Apple technology, hosting Shabbat meals, and Hebrew scribal arts. Rabbi Elizabeth Bonney-Cohen and her husband Matt welcome all Jewish young adults and their friends and partners to Based in Boston.