Marshall T. Meyer Rabbinic Fellowship
Our rabbinic fellows enrich our BJ community, and indeed, the fellows’ experience enables them to help reinvigorate Jewish life beyond BJ’s walls, in the greater New York City region and beyond. Our rabbinic fellows are integrated into every facet of synagogue life—services, life cycle events, Jewish learning and more—and go on to be leaders and innovators, carrying BJ’s values of inclusivity, innovation and social action out into the world.
Fellows engage the community in a variety of different settings: leading services, officiating at Minha B’nai Mitzvah ceremonies, teaching in Kadima@BJ and at holiday events, working with conversion candidates and participating in social justice opportunities. Certain key roles are divided and assigned to a specific fellow, such as overseeing the conversion process or serving as the rabbinic presence at morning minyan. Weekly meetings with the BJ rabbis are an essential component of the fellowship and a valuable opportunity for gaining extraordinary insight into building, maintaining, and growing holy communities.
The objective is to train rabbis in the “BJ model” with the goal of contributing to the revitalization of Jewish life beyond BJ. The fellows experience at BJ enables them to be agents of change beyond BJ, bringing new life, along with a guiding belief in the power of energetic, inclusive prayer, and a dedication to social justice.