Jewish Learning Fellowships (JLF)

The Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) is a 10-week experiential, conversational seminar for students looking to deepen their understanding of Judaism on their own terms. Led by Rabbi Andrea Steinberger and other Hillel staff, we’re interested in asking big questions. You know, the big stuff — like Who am I? What communities am I a part of? What is worth committing myself to, and why? And we don’t purport to have any of the big answers...certainly not for anyone else.
We're proud to say that we make no claims about the “right” way to practice or not to practice Judaism. Our job is to help you explore the tradition in a safe space and find your own place, on your terms, in Judaism’s Great Conversation.

At JLF, we'll break bread together each week. We’ll also  invite you to coffee, spend a Shabbat together, and help you feel connected to next steps and alumni offerings after JLF ends. Fellows can earn a  scholarship at the end of the program. For more information click here or contact Micah Ariel-Rohr.

JLF 1.0: Life's Big Questions

A 10-week immersive experience that explores life's big questions, such as how honest do I have to be in a friendship? How do I explore intimacy in college? Is there a way to disagree productively? How do I make time for balancing work and my own rest? And many more. This program is an opportunity to learn a little, meet new friends, and explore Jewish community on our campus.

Did we mention there will be food?

Meets Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 pm Dinner Provided

JLF 2.0: Life's Bigger Questions*

If you have participated in JLF and really want to continue those deep conversations over a good meal, JLF 2.0 is the place. It’s a smaller setting with people who are ready to learn, deepen relationships and talk about real issues, such as: How do I practice living life with intention? Do I believe in God? Why or Why Not? Protest or Pray? How do I respond when I see injustice in our world? Who are we, as Jews, responsible for?

Meets Wednesdays 7:30-9:00 pm

Dinner Provided

*Must have completed JLF 1.0

JLF Social Justice

A 10 week experience for students who wonder, how do I explore my passion for living and practicing a socially just life while also exploring my sense of a Jewish identity? We will look at texts from the Jewish tradition as well as contemporary sources and explore how questions of activism, protest, and social justice intersect with our identity as Jews today.

Meets on Fridays 12:00-1:30 pm

Lunch Provided

JLF Social Justice 2.0 

If you've participated in JLF Social Justice, think about taking part in JLF Social Justice 2.0! We'll delve deeper into social justice topics that matter to Jewish students and take the time to explore the issues that matter to the students in the group. 

Date and Time TBD

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