The Kutz Fellowship is designed to provide up to ten exceptional participants an additional learning component during the summer program, with exciting opportunities to partner together as a cohort in camp and throughout the year. The primary learning methodology of the Fellowship is community organizing and the expressed goal is peer-to-peer teen engagement within your home community. Kutz Fellows will receive a $1000 merit-based scholarship towards the cost of attending Kutz. In return, each Fellow must create and implement an initiative within their home community that attracts unengaged, under-engaged or disengaged teens to a meaningful and tangible Reform Jewish experience.


  • Current freshman or sophomore in high school (entering grades 10 and 11 when at camp next summer)
  • Does not hold a regional board position (if elected after an acceptance to the Fellowship, will give up their spot in the Fellowship)


Your completed application and two letters of recommendation must be received by Tuesday, February 28, 2017 in order to be considered for the Kutz Fellowship. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all references are received by Kutz on or before the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered part of the final applicant pool. Kutz Fellowship applications will only be considered for those who are already registered to attend Kutz.

In addition to this application, each applicant must submit two references. One reference must come from the clergy member in your congregation with who will partner and support you with your Fellowship project. The second reference can be from someone who knows you in a leadership capacity within your community. Please choose individuals who can speak to your leadership, integrity, creativity, and maturity. Please note that members of the Kutz Camp full-time staff cannot provide you with a letter of reference. Finalists for the Fellowship will be contacted for a phone interview in March, and notification will occur in mid-April.

Click here to apply for the Kutz Fellowship.

If you have further questions about the Kutz Fellowship Program, please email Kutz Camp’s Special Projects Coordinator, Jake Levine, at KutzSpecialProjects@urj.org.