Hineni is a one-year Jewish leadership development fellowship that educates, inspires, and empowers
LGBTQ Jews to actively seek and attain positions of engagement, leadership
and influence in the Jewish world.
Through high-quality retreats, twice-a-month 90-minute seminars, and capstone projects, we provide participants with the
tools, core competencies, and inspiration to change the Jewish world for the better through their
unique gifts as Jewish LGBTQ leaders, change-makers, and innovators.
THE FOUR WORLDS
The Hineni program will teach you about four worlds of LGBTQ possibility in Jewish life:
The World of Atzilut, or Jewish Spirit
Many of us need a way back into Jewish spiritual life. In this module, we will explore the dimensions of Judaism, Jewish ritual life, observance, and spirituality through an LGBTQ lens. This cluster of classes, workshops and experiences is designed to give participants a deep and personal relationship to Jewish religious/spiritual practices and identity in order to become effective leaders and contributors in Jewish spiritual life. From explorations of Jewish rituals and prayer from a queer perspective, to meditation taught in a Jewish context, to sessions on God and belonging to a peoplehood, this cluster’s focus is on integrating Jewish spiritual life into the already existing spiritual lives and practices of participants.
The World of Briah, The Creation of Jewish Knowledge
In this module, we dive deep into the study of Judaism, Jewish history, Jewish knowledge, Israel--past, present and future--and traditional text-study. The aim is to get a sense of competence in Jewish knowledge--as LGBTQ people--in order to feel competent and knowledgeable to participate in Jewish life. We provide participants with a rigorous exploration not only of critical knowledge about Jewish life, but also of queer Torah-study--an opportunity to explore classical texts from our uniquely queer perspective.
The World of Yetzirah, The Formation of LGBTQ Jewish Identity and Creativity
In this cluster of workshops and experiences, we delve into the intersection, as well as the disjunction of Jewish and LGBT identities. We acknowledge both what separates us, as well as links us to our Jewish families, communities, Israel and tradition. We explore the ways in which the tensions within our identities informs our creativity and potential to lead others into new solutions and ways of living life more fully and lovingly. From this insight, we will encourage one another to be innovators, change-makers, disruptors, and guides to our Jewish brothers and sisters in helping to ensure a rich Jewish life into the future. The goal is also for participants to form a community of support and encouragement as we foment proud new queer-Jewish leadership identities to take back to our home communities.
The World of Asiyah, Action for the Sake of LGBTQ Leadership and Engagement
The focus of this module is translating our Jewish identities into meaningful leadership engagement. We study modes of effective leadership in Jewish communal life; we leverage our knowledge, queer identities, and skills to critique models of Jewish organization and leadership, and, through capstone projects, create personal mission statements and strategic plans for future engagement, innovation and influence in the Jewish world.
Hineni is pleased to launch its pilot year in the Washington DC area.
LGBTQ Jewish applicants from the greater Washington region are encouraged to apply.
All applications are due by June 15, 2018.
2018-2019 Hineni Fellowship Dates:
B’riah: Biblical Literature and History through an LGBTQ lens
Bri’ah: Modern Jewish History through an LGBTQ lens
Bri’ah: Queer Torah study:
“Making Torah Personal”
Br’iah: Queer Talmud study
Atzilut Hanukkah: Jewish Prayers, LGBTQ Souls: encountering meanings, problems and inspirations of Jewish prayer and ritual.
Atzilut: Jewish Sacred Time, The Jewish Calendar, and the Journey of Redemption through LGBTQ eyes.
Atzilut: Jubus, Jewish Atheists, Jewish Wicca, Jewish Yoga and other queer boundary-crossings in Jewish spiritual life.
Atzilut: Queering Judaism: envisioning and leading a more diverse, inclusive, and tolerant Judaism.
Mid-Year Project Discussion (Asiyah): Jewish LGBTQ Leadership: what it is and models of effective leadership
Yetzirah: Jewish-LGBTQ culture--19th century through today.
Yetzirah: Velvet Rage and Self-hating Jews: learning from the the intersectionality of shame to transform lives for the better.
Asiyah: Panel Discussion. LGBTQ Leaders in the Jewish Community Share Their Experiences and Insight.
Yetzirah: Jewish Sacred Otherness vs. Queer Fabulousness -- learning from separate but parallel journeys of healing, wholeness and Pride.
Yetzirah: Privilege, Assimilation, Oppression, Trauma and Power: exploring the shared Jewish/LGBTQ narratives and social dynamics for leadership insight.
Asiyah: The Jewish community 1: demographics, sociology, and trends
Asiyah: Israel and LGBTQ leadership
Asiyah: Social Justice, Anti-Semitism and LGBTQ leadership
Closing Class: Capstone Presentation
All seminars are 90 minutes and will be taught by leading rabbis, Jewish educators, academics and community leaders.