Fellowship for Rabbinic Entrepreneurs

Developed in partnership with M2: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education, the Fellowship for Rabbinic Entrepreneurs is a one-year internship for rabbinical students of all denominations who seek to build the communities they wish to serve. Working at local Hillels and with OOI's partners, rabbinic entrepreneurs learn the critical skills to design, develop, and scale new Jewish communities. Ultimately, OOI hopes to not only build new models of Jewish life, but to help shape the rabbinate of tomorrow. 

Meet the Fellows
Elizabeth Bonney-Cohen, Hebrew College
Kansas City Devotee, Kiddush Schmoozer Extraordinaire, Soulful Seeker

Raised in Overland Park, KS, Elizabeth is a graduate of William Jewell College and Yale Divinity School. Now, in her final year of rabbinical school at Hebrew College, Elizabeth’s work focuses on making Judaism’s traditions relevant and meaningful, especially to those who have found them inaccessible or daunting to engage. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys documentary films, Apple technology, hosting Shabbat meals, and Hebrew scribal arts. She lives in Brookline, MA with her husband, Matt, and their first child, Ma'or.

Dina Brawer, Yeshivat Maharat
Perpetual Student, Aesthete, Sun-Worshipper

Dina was born in Milan, Italy and studied Torah in Jerusalem, New York and London. Dina’s life journey led her to do things she never dreamed of, including launching an Orthodox feminist movement in the UK and studying for semikha at Yeshivat Maharat, where she now is in her final year. She holds a BA in Hebrew and Jewish Studies and an MA in Education and Psychology from the University of London. The Jewish Chronicle listed Dina in its Power 100 List. In September 2016 she co-launched Mishkan: The Jewish Community Beyond Borders.

Shir Yaakov Feit, ALEPH
Circle-maker, Spiral-dancer, Davvenologist

Shir Yaakov Feit is a singer, composer, designer, producer, teacher and Aba. Shir Yaakov engages Jewish, multi-faith, and non-affiliated people around the world, building spiritual communities, facilitating and inspiring communal music, and helping people connect with their inner wisdom and truth. He works in formal and informal educational settings as a spiritual leader, teacher, and musician.

Shani Gross, Yeshivat Maharat
Demi-Persian, Midrash Maniac, Lover of All Things Cheese

Shani is a student at Yeshivat Maharat and a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar (Class 29). Shani was the co-founder and director of the Silicon Valley Beit Midrash: a pluralistic center of Jewish learning on the West Coast in partnership with the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She has taught at various organizations around the Bay Area, and particularly loves teaching topics relating to Tanakh, Midrash, and how they speak to our modern Jewish community. In her spare time, Shani can be found looking up recipes she will never actually cook and attempting to teach her son how to walk.

Rachmiel Gurwitz, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
Woods Wanderer, Journeyman of the Soul, Flour Magician

Rachmiel is entering his final year at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and currently, serves as the rabbinic intern at the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU. He is originally from San Diego, CA, and from there he has traveled many parts of the world including South America, Europe and Africa. Rachmiel has led a Jewish-Arab coexistence trip in Israel, as well as campers through the woods at Eden Village Camp. He loves learning texts from the mystical tradition and exploring the inner spiritual world. In his free time, you can find him baking bread from scratch or hiking off trail. He currently lives in Riverdale with his wife Joanna and son Azariah.

Andy Kahn, HUC-JIR
Music Aficionado, Aspiring Practical Kabbalist, Compulsive Runner

Andy Kahn grew up in Tacoma, WA as the Jewish representative everywhere he went, but he hated going to Temple. Eventually he realized (really, at JTS getting his MA in Tanach) that there was something to the whole Jew thing for him, and now he’s becoming a rabbi at HUC-JIR.