DFI Beit Midrash

Knowledge is power, and Jewish knowledge is power in the Jewish community. Hence, Fellows learn together to develop the skills to navigate the Jewish bookshelf, have ownership over Jewish texts and concepts both historical and current, and understand the process of textual interpretation.

Similar to the Seminars, Fellows also shape this curriculum, ensuring that the content meets the needs and desires of the people in the room. Staff and outside educators are made available to deliver program content, while Fellows take responsibility for shaping the day.

The Beit Midrash occurs monthly from November through April. As is the case in pluralistic settings, Fellows represent a wide range of Jewish and religious backgrounds, providing a rich environment with which to grapple with multiple interpretations of foundational texts and ideas.