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Habibi Fellowship

Penn Hillel’s UAE-Israel Habibi Fellowship for Wharton undergraduates is a one-of-a-kind program in the US. Founded in the wake of the historic 2020 Abraham Accords, the program seeks to explore certain foundational questions:

  • Can visiting two countries that have recently made a warm peace with one another – one an Arab Muslim majority with a Jewish minority, one a Jewish majority with a Muslim minority – give us insight into possible avenues of peace and reconciliation in the world community?
  • How can business serve as a launch point for cooperation and friendship within the new Middle East?
  • How can Penn students take these lessons and bring them back to campus, and infuse them into their own personal and professional journeys?

3 women looking at notebooks togetherThe goal of the trip is to expose students to a more complex constellation of narratives than they tend to be exposed to within the American context of discourse. Wharton students are uniquely well-placed and attuned to seeking out creative and innovative solutions to intractable problems, and can take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity to be exposed to and learn from one such international success story.

20 students will be selected for this year-long fellowship. The fellowship will meet three times in November, and will spend ten days in the United Arab Emirates and Israel over Winter Break (the exact dates may shift; dates will be locked in by October 1st). On returning to the states, Habibi Fellows will be expected to engage 10 students within their own peer groups, to continue the conversations and discussions spurred on by the trip. Additionally, fellows will be given a budget to host their own “parlor meetings” or other such events to further expand the conversation back on campus.
For more information and/or to apply, please email Rabbi Gabe Greenberg, ggreenberg@pennhillel.org, or watch for the application during the fall semester.
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