FAQ

  • Q1. What are the program costs?

    A. The Nachshon Project includes a full tuition subsidy for the Spring semester at The Hebrew University. The Fellows are responsible for additional expenses, such as room, board, Ulpan and airfare for the Spring semester at The Hebrew University, plus any additional tuition or other fees charged by your colleege or university. Additionally, Nachshon Fellows are responsible for any insurance fees, activity or library fees, and anything not covered under tuition for classes. The Nachshon Project will cover the costs for all Shabbatonim, excursions, and any Nachshon Project related activities.

    Additionally, The Nachshon Project will subsidize costs for the Fall Seminar of shanah bet (year two) as cohorts transition into alumni groups.

  • Q2. Are additional scholarships available?

    A. Yes. Needs-based scholarships are available to cover airfare, Ulpan, registration fees, room and board to those who qualify.

  • Q3. Will the program consider my religious and other personal needs?

    A. Yes. Fellows will live on campus in their own dormitories or student apartments. Jerusalem provides a panoply of religious opportunities from which the Fellows can choose.

    On Shabbatonim, The Nachshon Project will provide a Shomer Shabbat/Kashrut environment while not obligating Fellows to participate in traditional services, or conform to strict Shabbat observance. Fellow led T’fillot will take place if enough participants choose to do so.

  • Q4. What are my obligations after the program?

    A. After the semester in Israel, fellows are required to create and implement a program at their summer camps and/or a program on campus during their senior year of college. As alumni of The Nachshon Project, Fellows are encouraged to apply to graduate programs in advanced Jewish studies. Scholarships are available for Fellows who excel in their Nachshon Project participation and academic studies.

  • Q5. Does Nachshon Project participation automatically guarantee a scholarship for graduate school?

    A. No. A significant number of scholarships are available for Nachshon Project Fellows who exhibit promise as future leaders, as well as a commitment to serving the Jewish community.

  • Q6. Is medical insurance mandatory?

    A. Yes. All program participants are required to have medical insurance. Nachshon Project Fellows are responsible for their own medical coverage.

  • Q7. Who are the target participants for the program?

    A. Nachshon Project Fellows must have completed their sophomore year of college and have one year of their undergraduate program remaining after the upcoming academic year.

  • Q8. Do I need to have worked at camp in order to qualify?

    A. No.

  • Q9. What are the requirements of becoming a Nachshon Project Fellow?

    A. The Nachshon Project is not for everyone. It is open to those who have demonstrated Jewish leadership at camp or on campus. Successful applicants must apply and be accepted to The Hebrew University in addition to being accepted as a Nachshon Project Fellow.

  • Q10. Do I have to attend Hebrew University in Jerusalem?

    A. Nachshon Fellows must be enrolled as full time students at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem for the Spring semester.

  • Q11. The semester at Hebrew University seems like a lot of fun and hard work. How much extra time per week does the Nachshon Project component require?

    A. Nachshon Project Fellows commit approximately six hours per week in the classroom, plus Shabbatonim and Tiyulim (trips). During this time they are afforded opportunities to meet with politicians, artists, scholars, leading innovators, and educators from Israel and throughout the world.

  • Q12. Who was Nachshon?

    A. Nachshon first appears in the Torah when his sister Elisheva marries Aaron. Nachshon ben Aminadav was the leader of the tribe of Judah. Nachshon, who was afraid to swim, was the first Israelite to step into the Red Sea as the Israelites left Egypt for the Promised Land. We are taught in the Talmud and Midrash that the sea did not part until the water reached Nachshon’s nose. By stepping in, he became an example of Jewish courage and faith. Nachshon, who was willing to “take the plunge” and try something new, is an example of what The Nachshon Project Fellows embody.