Participation and Eligibility
The 2009 and 2010 programs included students from:
• General Theological Seminary
• Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
• Jewish Theological Seminary
• Princeton Theological Seminary
• Union Theological Seminary
• Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
• Yeshiva University Rabbinical School
The program is designed for future religious leaders studying at Jewish seminaries and Christian theological schools in the greater New York area in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of study. Future religious leaders from non-Jewish and non-Christian traditions, as well as seminarians from outside the New York region, may be eligible to participate (please contact Rabbi Justus Baird for more information). The selection process is competitive.
The intensive experiential 10-day travel program combines site visits to Jewish and Christian holy sites; meetings and discussions with religious leaders, scholars, and community leaders; and sustained group dialogue in interfaith and intra-faith formats. The itinerary includes Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Galilee, and Tel Aviv.
The program is faciliated by Rabbi Justus Baird, The Rev. J.C. Austin (both at Auburn), and a representative from the American Jewish Committee.
Expectations, Costs and Application
Participants in the program must commit to do the following:
1. Attend all pre-trip learning sessions (4 or 5 three-hour sessions) in the fall of 2011. Sessions will be scheduled in a way to take the participant's prior commitments into account.
2. Prepare for and attend a 10-day travel learning experience schedule for January 2012. Final dates will be set soon and will take into account the seminary academic calendars. During the travel aspect of the program, participants should expect to engage in intensive dialogue and relationship-based learning experiences as well as exhausting schedules. Applicants are encouraged to read the quotes from program alumni, below.
3. Pay a program fee of $400 (or make a financial aid request to cover part of this fee). Almost all costs related to the travel seminar are covered through separate fundraising, including flights, hotels, other travel and meals, etc., with the exception of lunches and optional local cell phones.
4. Engage home communities after the trip through sermons, writing, teaching and speaking.
5. Give consideration to participating in post-trip alumni community opportunties, including alumni from the first two groups.
Applications for the program are due on April 3, 2011. The application includes personal background information, a brief essay, resume, 2 brief references, and a letter of good standing from the student's seminary. For questions about the application or program, please contact Jennifer Hano at firstname.lastname@example.org. Notifications of acceptance are expected to be sent by May 16, 2011.