The Pincus Scholars Fellowship is a group of 12 dynamic, intellectually-driven students, with a commitment to wrestling with what it means to be Jewish in our contemporary global society. Pincus Scholars engage in a semester of Jewish learning and exploration of Jewish life. Weekly seminars, led by Rabbi Gabe, will introduce students to the most contemporary manifestations of ancient Jewish wisdom and questions. Students will have access to a budget to further create Jewish life for themselves and their peer groups on campus.

Now accepting applications for the Fall 2020 Cohort. 

Find the application here

Questions or want to learn more? Email Alexa Vecchio



Amy Azaria is from Natick, MA and is studying bioengineering. Outside of JRP, she is involved in Theta Tau, the engineering fraternity on campus, Biomedical Engineering Society, and does research on campus. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, exploring Philly, and being outdoors.


Allison Schachter is from Houston, Texas. She is a rising sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying psychology of health & societies. Beyond JRP, Allison is a member of the Penn Varsity Women's soccer team and the Women's Athletic Association. In her free time, she likes to spend time with friends, be in the outdoors, and write. She is so excited to teach others about Judaism and make new friends within the JRP community.


Claire Epstein is a freshman from Los Angeles, CA. She is in the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing an Anthropology major and African Studies minor. On campus she is a coordinator for Fossil Free Penn and is on the Dining Advisory Board as the Penn Vegan Society representative. As a JRP fellow, she looks forward to exploring her Jewish identity and encouraging others to do the same.


Eli Cohen is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences from New York
City. He is a big proponent of theatre here at Penn, participating in
TAC-e (Theatre Arts Council) productions and as a castmember in the
Mask and Wig Club (check us out at Although he's
unsure what he plans to study, he has enjoyed his first year so far
and is thankful that Hillel has provided him with engaging discussions
on Judaism and chicken wraps, of course.


Brittany Levy is a senior from the suburbs of Philadelphia. She is studying Communication and Consumer Psychology and pursuing product management after graduation. On campus, she is involved in 34th Street Magazine, MoneyGirls, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Rebel Ventures. Brittany first got involved in the JRP community through hosting Shabbat dinners to teach her friends Jewish traditions. She is continuing to advance Jewish life on campus this semester through the Pincus Fellowship!


Sydney Schwartz is from Chicago, IL. She a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying cinema studies with a history minor. On campus, she is very involved in Penn Dance Company, and Penn's student-run fashion magazine, The WALK. She is also an active member of St. Elmo.


Maggie Shanus is from Chappaqua, NY. She is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying International Relations with a minor in Consumer Psychology. On campus, she is very involved with the performing arts, specifically dance with Sparks Dance Company. She is also a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority and on the board of Penn Fashion Week.


Justin Lieb is a sophomore from Camarilllo, California studying Computer Science. He is a member of Penn Labs as a User Interface Designer and The Signal as the leader of Outside of class, he enjoys yoyo-ing and telling himself he'll play tennis without every following through on it.


Jenna Wyman from Bedford, New York. She is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, and in addition, she is involved in “The Upstander Initiative”, and is a member of the Tri Delta Sorority. In her free time, Jenna enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching the Philadelphia Eagles, and exploring new and fun restaurants in Philly. She looks forward to becoming further engaged with the Jewish community on campus while engaging other Penn students to do the same.


Cam Landis is from Madison, Ohio. He is a sophomore in the College of Arts in Sciences studying Anthropology with a biological concentration. Outside of JRP Cam is a member of the Penn Varsity Track and Field team specializing in the shot put. He is also a member of Penn's Student Athlete Advisory Committee and a counselor for Camp Kesem in the summer. In his spare time, he enjoys dining out, spending time with friends, and watching sports. He is eager to explore his Jewish identity with the other Pincus Fellows.


Gillian Broome is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Neuroscience with a minor in Classical Studies. She is from New York City, and in her free time she enjoys exploring Philadelphia and finding new coffee shops to do work in. Outside of JRP Gillian serves as the Development Coordinator for Camp Kesem, a tour guide for the Kite and Key Society, a student worker at Penn Admissions and a member of Sigma Kappa.

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