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



Laura is a rising Junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Economics and East Asian Languages and Civilizations. She is originally from NYC. She loves dogs and am a massive foodie! She can't wait to get to know all the Pincus Scholars!


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.


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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