Rhodes Jewish Community Fellowship Applications Now Open

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Jewish Community Fellow Sophie Enda is pictured on Rhodes College’s campus during her freshman year.

Memphis Jewish Federation is excited to announce that applications are now open for the Rhodes Jewish Community Fellowship for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Once again, Rhodes College is making available five renewable $10,000 fellowships to first year Rhodes students who participated in Jewish life in their home communities. Fellowship awardees are expected to become active in Jewish life at Rhodes, including active involvement with the Rhodes Hillel chapter.

“Being a part of the Rhodes Hillel community has played an integral role during my college experience,” said Sophie Enda, Rhodes College senior and Jewish Community Fellow. “I found Hillel to be a place of comfort for me during stressful times and a source of many lifelong friendships. I knew that I wanted to give back to the Jewish community on campus somehow and I was able to do so as a Jewish Community Fellow and by serving on the Rhodes Hillel Executive Board. I cannot imagine my time at Rhodes without Hillel and the Jewish Community Fellowship, and I know once I graduate, I will have left a mark on Hillel and it on me.”

Eligible students must apply for admission to Rhodes for the Fall of 2022 semester, be offered admission, and choose to enroll at Rhodes. Fellowship applications will be reviewed by Memphis Jewish Federation and Federation will recommend applicants to Rhodes. A complete application includes a resume of current participation in Jewish life, and a 500-word essay. The deadline to apply for the fellowship for Early Decision and Early Action Applicants is December 1, 2021. The deadline for Regular Decision Applicants is February 1, 2022.

For more information and to apply, go to: Jewish Community Fellowship | Rhodes College

“We are thrilled with our ongoing partnership with Rhodes College, including the support given to the Rhodes Hillel chapter led by Hillels of Memphis Director Sophie Bloch and the annual Jewish Community Fellowship,” said Federation Executive Vice President Bluma Zuckerbrot-Finkelstein. “The broader Rhodes College community embraces Jewish life on campus and is always seeking ways to strengthen it.”

The first Rhodes Jewish Community Fellow began in 2016 and many more have followed, enjoying the gorgeous campus, wonderful and challenging education, and warm and vibrant Jewish life on campus.  Check out this video featuring Hillel at Rhodes students to learn more about Jewish life on campus.

The Rhodes College chapter of Hillel was launched in 2017, building on the previous work of the Jewish Student Union. Rhodes Hillel is operated by a student board in cooperation with Hillels of Memphis Director, Sophie Bloch and a lay-led Advisory Council chaired by Wendy Rotter. Rhodes Hillel focuses on cultural, religious, educational, and social programming and is open to all students regardless of background. Rhodes Hillel is operated by Memphis Jewish Federation and endowed through the generosity of an anonymous donor.

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