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PELE Chinuch Fellowship

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Introducing Wonder Into Jewish Education


The PELE Fellowship is a collaboration between Azrieli and the Kohelet foundation to offer a one-year fully funded Master’s degree in Constructivist Approaches in Jewish Education.

The PELE (Progressive Education Laboratory Experience) fellowship is an exclusive one-year Master's degree program. It provides 85% tuition remission, and a variety of rich educational experiences combining coursework, extensive mentoring, seminars, school visits, and student teaching. The program is staffed by Azrieli faculty and a cadre of extraordinary practitioners who teach and mentor. A maximum of 10 fellows are accepted in each cohort.

Students in the PELE fellowship will be organized into a single cohort and take at least one course each semester together. Classes designated for the PELE cohort only include a focus on student-centered instruction.

An unique aspect of the PELE program is field visits throughout the year, where the cohort visits schools, both virtually and in-person, that employ student-centered and progressive approaches. 

Basic information on the PELE program can be found here.

Constructivism is an educational approach built on the philosophy and theory that individuals learn best when they actively construct knowledge and build understanding and meaning. Synthesizing the research on child development, learning science and related areas, constructivist educators facilitate individualized opportunities for student growth. Constructivist educators believe in engendering intellectual curiosity and celebrating students’ intrinsic interests and motivations.

The PELE Chinuch Fellowship has recently been revamped; the information below reflects our new program requirements.


The PELE Chinuch Fellowship will begin i Summer 2021 (so please make sure to apply for the summer!). PELE fellows take the same number of courses as all Azrieli students, though a few courses are offered for PELE students only. Students will take the following courses:


Models of Teaching course – 1-week intensive at the end of June (dates will be finalized)

2 Online courses

FALL 2021

2 courses, either online or in-person

Student Teaching Seminar


2 courses, either online or in-person

Student Teaching Seminar


Teaching the Holocaust – 1-week intensive at the end of June

2 online courses

Completion of final portfolio


In the fall semester, PELE fellows will begin student teaching. This can be an unpaid internship arranged by Azrieli, or, if the fellow is already a teacher of record, a paid teaching position. All teaching and student teaching positions must be approved by Azrieli.  Student teaching placements are typically around 25 hours a week.




The fellowship program includes an opportunity to visit schools across the country, both virtually and in-person.  Fellows must commit to a 3-day on-campus school visits expedition during the Fall, when various schools across NY and NJ will be visited. In addition, a few virtual school visits via Zoom will take place during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Application Process

Interested individuals should apply on-line here. Once the on-line application is received, including the required letters of recommendation, candidates who are being considered will be invited for an in-person or on-line interview. Please make sure to use the PELE Letter of Recommendation form (PDF).

To be considered for admission applicants should:

  1. Complete the online application which includes an essay and $50 application fee payable by credit card. The application can be found here.
  2. Submit two official copies of undergraduate transcripts to the AGS office. Applicants from Yeshiva University do not need to send official transcripts.  
  3. Have two letters of recommendation sent to the AGS office.  See here for PELE Letter of Recommendation form. Forms can be sent via email or mail.
  4. Submit a .jpg photo of yourself for your file to Bradley Avrahami
  5. When all of this has been submitted, we will reach out to you to schedule an interview. Feel free to contact our office as well.

Please note: GRE’s or other standardized achievement tests may be required at the discretion of the Dean or the Director of the master’s program.

Transcripts should be sent via mail and recommendations should be sent via email or mail to:



Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration
Yeshiva University
Wilf Campus – Belfer Hall 311
500 West 185th Street
New York, NY 10033

Find Out More

For more information about the program or other inquiries about PELE, please reach out to Dr. Laya Salomon, Director of the PELE Fellowship Masters Program, at Inquiries regarding application and registration should be directed to Bradley Avrahami, Student Engagement and Communications Coordinator, at 212.960.5400, ext. 5949, or via email at

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