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 our partners, OOI 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
Rebecca Blady
Yogi, Phish Head, Navigator of the Holy.

Rebecca is studying for rabbinic ordination at Yeshivat Maharat. Prior to Yeshivat Maharat, Rebecca worked in film production and freelanced as a digital media specialist. Together with her husband Jeremy, she co-founded Base Berlin, a home-based, pluralistic Jewish community for young Jews in Berlin, Germany. Rebecca teaches and writes on topics related to Jewish identity and spirituality and is a certified yoga teacher. As a member of the inaugural ImmerseNYC fellowship, Rebecca is training to create and support deep ritual experiences. She is the Congregational Intern at the Prospect Heights Shul. Rebecca lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with her husband Jeremy Borovitz. She holds a B.A. cum laude from Brandeis University.

Jeremy Borovitz
Shtetl Dweller, Talmudic Storyteller, Beard Connoisseur.

Jeremy Borovitz was raised in Paramus, NJ. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009, and joined the Peace Corps. Jeremy served in the village of Boyarka, Ukraine as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2010-2012, and then moved to Kiev, Ukraine, to work with the JDC as a Jewish Service Corps fellow. Jeremy then moved to Jerusalem and spent two years studying study at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. He also worked for Moishe House as the European Director of Jewish Education. Jeremy is currently in his second year as a rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah.

Jenna Englander
Wordsmith, Knitting Addict, Sacred-Seeker.

Jenna spends her days dreaming of the Bay Area, where she grew up. She is a huge San Francisco Giants fan and is on a lifelong quest to find decent kosher Mexican food. Jenna graduated cum laude from the Gallatin School at NYU. Following graduation, she worked for the Samuel Bronfman Foundation, after which she followed her love of Jewish text to Jerusalem where she spent a year at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She spent the next two years managing recruitment from Pardes' New York office. Jenna has facilitated community conversations around conversion and mikveh through her role as co-founder of the Orthodox Converts Network and is a trained mikveh salon facilitator with ImmerseNYC. She is a second year student at Yeshivat Maharat, and lives in Riverdale with her husband Sam and their recently adopted cat, Emma.

Elie Lehmann
Experimental Foodie, New Orleans Music Junkie, Globetrotting Teacher.

Elie Lehmann is in his final year of rabbinical school at Hebrew College and currently serves as Rabbinic Fellow at Tufts University Hillel. He recently returned from a year learning in Israel and summer teaching in Kenya. He loves supporting young adults find innovative and meaningful ways to feel confident in their Jewish identity, knowledge, and practice. Elie is an alumnus of Mechon Hadar, Columbia University and The Jewish Theological Seminary. In his spare time Elie enjoys cooking, cycling around new neighborhoods, and finding airfare deals for fun encounters.

Miriam Liebman
Dance Party Enthusiast, Social Change Advocate, Dreamer.

Miriam Liebman, a native Detroiter, graduated from the University of Michigan where she earned a degree in Middle East and North African Studies. She spent a semester at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Miriam was an AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps member in New Orleans where she worked as an Outreach Assistant at the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center. In Detroit, Miriam worked as a community organizer with low-income tenants and faith-based communities. Miriam is a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary and works as a Rabbinic Intern at the NYU Bronfman Center.

Tobias Moss
Rooftop Fiddler, Intrepid Backpacker, Unrequited Knicks-Lover.

Tobias hails from Tenafly, New Jersey. He attended Washington University in St. Louis, receiving a BA magna cum laude in economics and history. Unaware of his rabbinic future, Tobias worked in business and economics positions in Argentina, Thailand, and NYC, before studying at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. Finally keen to his rabbinic path, he began studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Tobias has served as a spiritual and educational leader at JCC Ranch Camp, American University’s Hillel, Children’s Hospital of LA, and synagogues in Istanbul, Crimea, Ecuador, and NYC. He currently interns at North Fork Reform Synagogue.

Micah Shapiro
Melody Maker, Basketball Encyclopedia, Comfort Food Poster Child.

Micah is entering his 5th and final year of rabbinical school at Hebrew College. He is a multi-instrumentalist, song-writer, and bandleader who has played in many bands and works to build singing community in Jewish life. When he is not studying, serving communities, or playing music, Micah enjoys BBQ's, lawn games, basketball, and nature excursions.