Research Fellowships – Sexuality and Gender

Sexuality and Gender Fellowship with Nechama Goldman Barash and Rahel Berkovits

People of all genders and sexual identities are looking for direction and meaning in their sexual relationships and many would like to access Jewish traditions and sources in order to infuse their sexual behaviour with meaning through sanctity. The Sexuality and Gender Fellow will work on developing a curriculum for teaching Jewish Sexual Ethics based on a critical examination of rabbinic and Jewish texts and a contemporary reframing of traditional and contemporary Jewish sources.  This curriculum will serve as a basis for valuable resources on the topic as well as discussion points for students and educators alike in searching for a meaningful direction in building sexual relationships. Materials for the curriculum are partially available but need to be collated and research needs to be done to turn it from a course into a curriculum. Each topic and subtopic needs to be broken down and organized with shorter “bite” size material and longer articles. In addition, discussion questions and suggested approaches need to intersect with the material.
Skills of Sexuality Fellow

  • Hebrew language proficiency
  • Writing and/or editing experience
  • Organizational capabilities
  • Interest in Sexuality
  • Sexuality and/or Gender background a plus

Specific Fellowship Requirements: 

  • 6 hours / week. Most of the work would be completed in the Pardes Beit Midrash, with visits to an academic library (probably Mt. Scopus or Hebrew Union College) to download articles or xerox books.
  • Weekly meeting with faculty advisor
  • Participation in Women and Judaism and Sexuality courses

Timeframe of the project
The Research Fellow would complete the research and collation process by spring 2021.

All fellows will receive a guaranteed living expenses grant ranging from $300-$500/month (exact amount determined by financial need) AND receive highly subsidized Year Program tuition: $3,000 discount for those not eligible for Masa Israel Journey funding, and $2,000 discount for those eligible for Masa funding.

At least one of the candidate’s two recommendation letters should be from a supervisor who can speak to the candidate’s relevant research experience and potential growth and contributions through the Pardes fellowship. The letter must be submitted along with the Fellowship Application and the Pardes Year Program application.

Fellowship application deadline has been extended to May 21, 2020.