Valley Beit Midrash  has announced its first cohort of the Yatom Family Fellowship. 

“After spending a great deal of time getting to know many families from across the country, we are thrilled to be able to accept a wonderful cohort and to incentivize and support their personal journeys, which are committed to providing safe and loving homes for vulnerable children,” said Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, president and dean of Valley Beit Midrash, in a press release. 

The Yatom Family Fellowship will consist of many workshops focused on guiding and supporting Jewish families, couples and individuals through the complex process of qualifying to become a foster and/or adoptive parent. Each workshop will feature a national expert who will provide insight into this intricate process. Additionally, workshops will focus on the intricacies of welcoming a child into a Jewish home to be raised Jewish. Participants who successfully complete the fellowship will receive a stipend.

The families are: Shari and Gary Horowitz of Arizona; Allison Borsuk of California; Isaac and Elliot Dowd-Holloway of Kansas; Elana and Jason Frank of Georgia; Moshe and David Ledeboer of Iowa; Rachaelle and Phillip Ostrove of New York; Ellen and Avram Rosen of Pennsylvania; and Leslie and Ryan White of California. The fellowship was made possible by the generosity of community grants and contributions. To learn more, visit


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