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William Flesher Rabbinic Internship at Drexel Hillel

With support from the Lindy Family, Drexel Hillel is expanding its William Flesher Rabbinic Internship to better serve Jewish Drexel students.

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Since 2016, Drexel Hillel has proudly served as an internship site for a William Flesher Community Intern from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC).  Through the Flesher endowment held at Reconstructing Judaism, the RRC provides funding for a 10 hour per week (9 months of the year) rabbinic intern to support Jewish campus life at Drexel.

Over the past 9 years, Drexel Hillel has welcomed 7 different rabbinical students as interns on our campus through this program. Each intern has been an engaging Jewish educator who thrives on conversations, connections and passion for Torah who has helped to drive Drexel Hillel’s work in Jewish learning and spiritual life and inspire our students to see Jewish life and learning as indispensable parts of their futures. These interns have gone on to serve as hospital chaplains, congregational rabbis, Jewish Federation leaders, and in other Hillels.

Due to the constraints of the 10 hours per week position, the rabbinic intern has primarily served as a Jewish educator on campus – managing and teaching 2-3 cohort based Jewish learning fellowships each year, engaging between 30 and 50 Jewish students in ongoing, Jewish learning that has provided participants with a learned Jewish mentor, deepened Jewish knowledge, more robust social connections to other Jewish students, and stronger connection to Jewish life and culture.

On today’s campus, students are experiencing higher rates of anxiety, depression and loneliness, which is exacerbated by moments of acute crisis such as the one we are experiencing now. Today, students need more from the rabbis on campus than education alone – they need one to one and small group pastoral and wellness support. In response to this significant need, Drexel Hillel would like to expand its rabbinic internship from 10 hours per week to 20 hours per week, which would not only provide 10 hours per week of additional pastoral support but would allow Drexel Hillel to hire a more senior rabbinical student (in their fourth or fifth year of training). 

$100,000 Challenge Gift Opportunity from the Lindy Family to Expand the William Flesher Rabbinic Internship at Drexel Hillel

Drexel Hillel is establishing a $350,000 endowment fund at Drexel University to expand the funding available to support the Flesher Rabbinic Interns who serve at Drexel Hillel. This critical investment in student wellness would allow Drexel Hillel to double the number of intern hours at the current rate of pay. Alan, Frank and Elaine Lindy have generously donated $50,000 to kick off fundraising for this important fund. They have also generously offered to make a challenge gift of up to an additional $100,000, at a 50% match level, in support of the William Flesher Rabbinic Internship at Drexel Hillel. Drexel Hillel is actively working to raise $200,000 to secure these challenge funds to expand the William Flesher Rabbinic Internship at Drexel Hillel. For more information, please contact Rabbi Isabel or Mike Gross, Drexel Hillel Development Director, at mgross@drexelhillel.org.