MDiv student chosen for 2019 FASPE Ethics Fellowship

Yitzhak Bronstein, a Master of Divinity student, has been slected for the 2019 Seminary Program of the Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE). 

Mr. Bronstein is one of 14 students chosen for the 2019 Seminary Program of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) to participate in a two-week program in Germany and Poland this summer, which uses the conduct of clergy and religious leaders in Nazi-occupied Europe as a way to reflect on contemporary professional ethics.

The fellowship provides a unique historical lens to engage graduate students in professional schools as well as early-stage practioners in fields including medicine and seminary. 

Originally from New York, Yitzhak has completed two years at the University of Chicago Divinity School where he is a Schloerb ministry fellow and Fuerstenberg fellow. He is also the Midwest/South regional Jewish educator for Moishe House, an international organization which supports home-based intentional communities for Jewish young adults. Bronstein hopes, “to gain a better understanding of what lay underneath the hatred which led to Auschwitz and the indifference which permeated internationally, as well as the lessons religious leaders and communities can draw on in confronting contemporary bigotries and ethical crises”.

He joins a diverse group of 70 FASPE fellows across all five programs who were chosen through a competitive process that drew applicants from across the U.S. and the world. 

The experience of the Seminary fellows is enhanced by traveling alongside Medical fellows, who together—in formal and informal settings—consider how ethical constructs and norms in their respective professions align and differ.

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