Fellowship and Summer Institute on Antisemitism & Jewish Inclusion in Educational Settings


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Antisemitism & Jewish Inclusion in Educational Settings

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Concerned about the rise of antisemitism but unsure how to respond?

The Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) at the George Washington University is hosting the second annual fellowship program for education faculty, campus administrators, and DEI officers at college and university-based schools of education, focused on how to recognize, study, and teach antisemitism and foster Jewish inclusion within university-based schools/colleges/departments of education and other educational settings.

This fellowship grows out of a documented and troubling inattention to addressing antisemitism on the American scene via educational efforts. Fellows will be prepared and guided in designing and implementing interventions that place Jews and antisemitism squarely within broader discussions of diversity—in curricula, programming, and experiences—and work toward a more inclusive school and campus climate.

The centerpiece of the fellowship is a four-day summer institute to be held from June 3-6, 2024 (in-person), at the George Washington University campus in Washington D.C. The institute brings experts in the Jewish experience, antisemitism, DEI efforts, and educational inclusion, together with the fellows, in an open dialogue on complex and difficult issues. Emerging from this program will be a network of academics committed to change at their respective institutions. 

The summer institute will be preceded by three online seminar sessions in May, orienting fellows to the initiative and its contents, and followed by two online convenings in Fall 2024 discussing updates to the institute themes and progress on program deliverables. 

This is an all expense paid program and all participants will receive an honorarium of $4,000 upon completion of the fellowship.

Learn more in an article by GW Today >






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The fellowship and 4-day summer institute will:

  • Address documented and perceived problems stemming from inattention to antisemitism and Jewish life within teacher preparation programs;
  • Provide knowledge about Jews, Judaism, Jewish history and culture, and antisemitism, as well as skills to incorporate these issues into teaching and learning activities; and
  • Facilitate planning efforts that will put antisemitism and Jewish inclusion on the teacher education agenda of fellows' institutions.


Sessions will address:

  • Jewish Civilization 101
  • Jewish Identity and the American Jewish Landscape
  • American Antisemitism – Historical and Contemporary
  • Racialization and American Jews
  • Teaching the Holocaust
  • Entry Points – What Jewish Inclusion Looks
  • Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism
  • Strategies of Inclusion – Methods, Resources, and Supports
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We seek candidates in two categories:

Curriculum & Pedagogy Track

Teacher education faculty, including methods instructors, subject matter experts, clinical supervisors, and foundations of education faculty

  • Candidates must be full-time faculty members and hold a doctorate in their field.
Administrator Track

Deans of education schools and arts & sciences colleges, central administration officers, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) officers and faculty

  • Candidates must be full-time administrators at their institution.

*Please note: Candidates do not need prior knowledge of Judaism, Jewish history, or Jewish life in order to apply.

Additional Program Details:

Deliverable Examples and Ongoing Support

The Program provides mentorship as fellows generate tangible deliverables, which may include:

  • Making syllabus and curriculum changes to include the Jewish experience
  • Developing professional development sessions for faculty, pre-service teachers, and local educators
  • Incorporating Jewish children’s books and disseminating them to pre-service teachers and faculty, in addition to libraries
  • Creating Jewish student and faculty affinity groups on campus
  • Doing collaborative work with campus DEI professionals to fight antisemitism
  • Creating local partnerships to educate on antisemitism and Jewish Inclusion 
  • Providing a campus speaker series on Jewish inclusion and antisemitism 
  • Implementing Jewish religious accommodations into housing and dining programs and academic calendars 
Honorarium, Travel, Lodging, Meals

A generous honorarium of $4,000 will be provided upon completion of the program, including participation in all seminar and institute sessions and submission of deliverables.

Travel, lodging, and most meals for the four-day institute will be furnished by the George Washington University. All sponsored meals will be kosher.

Fellow Requirements
  • Full Participation start to finish (May 2024-November 2024)
  • Pre-work and preparation
  • Deliverables by January 2025
Application Requirements
  • CV
  • Statement of Interest (500 words or less): Recognizing that the aim of this program is to advance your understanding of Jewish Inclusion and combating antisemitism, please share your initial thoughts of how you might design, incorporate, or improve the curriculum (for our education faculty track) or campus initiative/program (for the administrator track) to include Jews and antisemitism.
  • Endorsement: Provide a written approval on letterhead from a Dean for consent of your participation and approval for incorporating your deliverable.


  • Candidates for the Curriculum track must be full-time faculty members and hold a doctorate in their field.
  • Candidates for the Administrative track must be full-time administrators at their institution.
  • Candidates do not need prior knowledge of Judaism, Jewish history, or Jewish life in order to apply.
Please Note
  • Application deadline: May 1, 2024
  • Participants will be notified of fellowship admission decisions by May 6 at the latest.

For questions or further information, please contact Ilana Weltman at ilanaweltman@gwu.edu.


May 8, 16, 22

Three online seminar sessions orienting fellows to the initiative and its contents

June 3-6

Four-day summer institute hosted on the George Washington University campus

Fall 2024

Two online convenings discussing updates to the institute themes and progress on program deliverables






2024 Institute and Fellowship Faculty


Ben Jacobs headshot

Dr. Benjamin M. Jacobs
The George Washington University

Dr. Michael Feuer headshot

Dr. Michael Feuer
The George Washington University
Ilana Weltman headshot

Ilana Weltman
The George Washington University;
University of Wisconsin- Madison (PhD Candidate)
Daniel Schwartz headshot

Dr. Daniel Schwartz
The George Washington University

David Bloome headshot

Dr. David Bloome
The Ohio State University

Dori Gerber headshot

Dori Gerber
Institute for Curriculum Services

Vered Guttman headshot

Vered Guttman
Chef and Food Writer

Dr. Laurie Katz headshot

Dr. Laurie Katz
The Ohio State University

Dr. Linda Maizels headshot

Dr. Linda Maizels
US State Department /
The George Washington University

Dr. Keitha-Gail Martin-Kerr headshot

Dr. Keitha-Gail Martin-Kerr
University of Minnesota

Dr. Jana Lo Bello Miller headshot

Dr. Jana Lo Bello Miller
University of Minnesota

Melissa Mott headshot

Melissa Mott
Anti-Defamation League

Meir Muller headshot

 Dr. Meir Muller
The University of South Carolina

April Powers headshot

April Powers
Jewbian Princess / Project Shema

Dr. Devin Randolph headshot

Dr. Devin Randolph
Voorhees University

Mark Rotenberg headshot

Mark Rotenberg, Esq.
Hillel International

Guila Franklin Siegel headshot

Guila Franklin Siegel
Jewish Community Relations,
Council of Greater Washington

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Anyu Silverman
Anti-Defamation League

Samantha Vinokur-Meinrath headshot

Dr. Samantha Vinokur-Meinrath
The Jewish Education Project

Ms. Irene Weiss headshot

Ms. Irene Weiss
Holocaust Survivor

Sara Winkelman headshot

Sara Winkelman
Jewish Community Relations,
Council of Greater Washington



Meet Our First Cohort: 2023 Fellows

Administrator Track

  • Dr. Cheryl Brown, Stanford University
  • Dr. Barbara Curchack, Inver Hills Community College
  • Dr. Noah Drezner, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Rajeeyah Finnie-Myers, Bank Street College
  • Dr. Stacey Hardin, University of Washington-Seattle
  • Stacey Harris, College of William & Mary
  • Katie Yezzi, Relay Graduate School of Education

Curriculum & Pedagogy Track

  • Dr. Laura Apol, Michigan State University

  • Dr. Kristy Brugar, The University of Oklahoma

  • Dr. Ariel Cornett, Georgia Southern University

  • Dr. Huili Hong, Vanderbilt University

  • Dr. Keitha-Gail, Martin-Kerr University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

  • Dr. Jana Lo Bello Miller, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

  • Dr. Gabriel Reich, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Dr. Shawn Savage, University of North Carolina-Wilmington

  • Dr. Shane-Anthony Smith, New York University

Special Thank You to Our Partners:

The Naomi Foundation (logo)
Academic Engagement Network (logo)
Alan B. Slifka Foundation (logo)



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