Student Editor Fellowship

Student Editor Fellowship

Student Editor for Pardes’Writing Workshop Journal

The Student Editor Fellow will work together with faculty member Rav Rahel Berkovits on the organizing, editing and production of Pardes’ Student Torah Journal.

Description of the Writing Workshop Journal:

The writing workshop journal aims to foster and support Pardes students at the start of their Torah journey and encourage them to begin writing on and interpreting primary texts so that they can to start to add their diverse voices to the conversation of tradition and Torah. The end result will be a digital publication of students’ work so that they can embark on the long and exciting process of creating Torah. Hopefully this first experience engaging in writing and interpretation will encourage students to continue on this path and produce more “interpreters and writers” of Torah in the future.

Responsibilities of the Student Editor:

  • Ensuring the smooth operation of the Journal.
  • Working in tandem with the faculty advisor in directing the journal, setting the the timeline of submissions, and shaping the content.
  • Recruiting and communicating with Pardes students including meeting deadlines and managing volunteers (if relevant).
  • Editing of the pieces from a writing perspective. (Rahel will support the content.)
  • Attending night seder to meet with Rahel and other students.
  • Organizing a celebratory evening linked to the journal’s publication where students would teach or present some of their work. Possibly linked to Shavuot.
  • Taking responsibility for the online presence of the journal online and in social media.

Skills of Student Editor:

  • Language and editing skills
  • Writing and/or editing experience
  • Organisation capabilities
  • Ability to see the larger picture of the journal
  • Ability to work with other students and give writing suggestions and guidance
  • Capacity to see a project through to the end
  • Minimally an “intermediate” skill level of Jewish text study

Timeframe of the Project and Specific Fellowship Requirements:
In September the Student Editor will meet with Rahel to determine the theme and texts for the year and set the specific deadlines throughout the year. The Writing Workshop Journal will be launched to the student body shortly after the Hagim. During the first semester the focus will mostly be on recruiting students and supporting their choice of study. This work by the Student Editor can be done at night seder and outside of class time. During the second semester the focus will be editing students’ work and ensuring the smooth publication of the journal. This work will be done 5 hours a week (most likely Sunday and Tuesday, 2:30-5pm) in lieu of taking a class and at night seder on Monday evenings. Most of the work will be completed in the Pardes Beit Midrash.

All fellows will receive a guaranteed living expense 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.

A letter of recommendation from a supervisor who can speak to the candidate’s relevant community experience and potential growth and contributions through the fellowship is required. This may be one of the two letters of recommendation required for the YP application, or an additional recommendation. The letter must be submitted along with the Fellowship Application and the Pardes Year Program application.

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