Hevruta Gap-Year Program Short Answer and Essay Questions
The following is the essay component of the Hevruta application. Once the applicant has completed Part 1 of the application, they will receive a link to Part 2 - essay questions.
A. Extracurricular Activities and Employment
Leadership Activity: Please describe any relevant leadership positions or training experiences in which you participated in high school. (100-word maximum)
Employment and Volunteer Experience: Have you participated in an ongoing volunteer experience? If so, please provide the name of organization(s) where and the nature of the work. (100-word maximum)
Have you had a job? Please list the names of your employer(s) and describe your position. (100-word maximum)
B. Academic Achievements - Please list any academic honors, prizes, scholarships, or other acknowledgements you have received. (100-word maximum)
C. Jewish Education and Experience - We encourage you to represent yourself authentically in this section. With pluralism as a core value of Hevruta, we are searching for a diverse range of applicants with varied Jewish backgrounds and experiences.
Youth Movement / Camp - Have you participated in a Jewish youth movement, attended a Jewish summer camp, or participated in a summer experience sponsored by a Jewish youth movement? If so, please describe the nature of the experiences. (100-word maximum)
Jewish Identity Experiences - Please share any other experiences that are important and meaningful contributors to your Jewish identity. These experiences or practices can be personal, shared by your family, or through participation in a community. (250-word maximum)
D. Essays - Please respond to three of the five following prompts. Each response should be no more than 500 words.
1. Please cite a text that is meaningful to you. Explain why you find this text meaningful or important. The text can be a traditional text, a video, a song, a painting, or etc. You have the freedom to think expansively about what a text can be.
2. Describe an encounter that significantly affected you and why you found the interaction so influential.
3. How does the opportunity to live and learn as a Hevruta participant fit who you are and who you might be in the future?
4. Answer one of the two following questions:
What value does Judaism offer to people today?
What is missing from Jewish life today? What is the best way to address this?
5. Please share an experience in which your leadership helped a group/team overcome an obstacle. What knowledge, skills, or abilities contributed most to your leadership in that moment? Back to top