For 2021, the Kollel is seeking applications from Jewish adults ages 18 and up. We are looking in particular for those who have demonstrated leadership experience in their Jewish community (through student groups, community engagement, volunteering, or otherwise) as well as people who are “experts” in unique fields (advocacy, art, music, academia, politics, etc.) and are seeking a deep Jewish perspective to layer onto their work. While we will give preference to those between 18 and 40 years old, we are happy to consider applications from individuals of all ages, particularly those who have been exempted from this path of study in the past.
The Kollel will assume a multi-access model of online and in-person learning. We will start the semester in this multi-access formation, and make adjustments based on the relevant country guidelines.
The Kollel’s multi-access (or hybrid) model means that there will be multiple hubs of learning. While centered at the Hillel Deutschland space in Berlin, there will also be hubs of Kollel learning in Amsterdam, with our partners at OyVey Amsterdam, and in Barcelona, with our friends at Mozaika. This will afford for a mixture of the online and in-person experience.
We also welcome applications from other German and European cities who would commit to online participation. The Kollel is designed to meet the needs of both online and in-person learning. To the best of our ability, we will assign chavrutot (study pairs) within the same city.
Applicants should identify strongly as Jewish. Our goal is to create a community of Jews who are dedicated to intellectual exploration and to building a strong Jewish communal future in that vein. The Kollel is not a program to study Judaism from an academic perspective. We would be happy to direct you to other Hillel and Base Berlin programs that would be more suitable for these types of study and engagement. Thank you for your understanding.
The Kollel courses will be taught in English, and applicants should feel comfortable speaking and reading in English, although a German translation of the Talmud will also be provided. All chavruta (paired study) sessions will take place in the language most comfortable for each pair. Past Chevrutot have learned in German, Russian, English, Hebrew, and Dutch.
The Kollel staff is always sensitive to learning and language needs, and will work with any applicants to ensure that the texts, as well as their Chevruta, are linguistcally accessible.
Commitment and Output
All Applicants are expected to be able to attend a minimum of 10 of the 16 morning sessions and a minimum of 8 of the afternoon or evening sessions. In addition, each semester of the Kollel learns a chapter of Talmud (this semester will be the 4th chapter of Megillah) and writes their own unique commentary----every member of the Kollel is expected to contribute their own thoughts and self to the commentary! Finally, members of the Kollel are highly encouraged to share some of their own Torah---whether that means teaching a Parsha class, an evening session, or bringing some of their own skills in ways that strengthen the Kollel community.