by Yuval Levin
Last year, I was privileged to be asked to teach a class on the political, economic, and moral dimensions of America’s entitlement debates at the Tikvah Fellowship—an extraordinary educational program in New York City which describes itself as a “year-long, full-time, residential program for exceptional individuals interested in the political, religious, and intellectual future of the Jewish people.”
Tikvah Fellows spend part of the year intensively studying great books and great questions (their syllabus is divided into sections like “morals and markets,” “love and family life,” and “war and morality”) by bringing key Jewish texts into conversation with thinkers as varied as Aristotle, Tocqueville, Niebuhr, Hayek, Shakespeare, and James Q. Wilson. Then the program places them in positions at some of the leading institutions of Jewish and American intellectual life, from think tanks and magazines of ideas to synagogues and civic organizations. It’s an opportunity to study with great teachers and mentors (I was the exception, the others really are great teachers like Peter Berkowitz, Max Boot, Paul Cantor, James Ceaser, Chris DeMuth, Michael Doran, Bill Galston, Victor Davis Hanson, Leon Kass, Bill McClay, Diana Schaub, Ruth Wisse, and many others), get great work experience, and get an ample stipend to live on.
Fellows need not be Jewish (hey, nobody’s perfect), and may range in experience from recent college graduates to early- to mid-level professionals. Applications for the next round of fellowships can be submitted through the end of this month, so have a look and do consider it. It’s an extraordinary program.