Jewish Learning Fellowship

JLF is a 10-week experiential, conversational seminar that invites fellows to deepen their understanding of Judaism on their own terms. We make no claims about the “right” way to practice or not to practice Judaism. Our job is to help students explore the tradition in a safe space in conversation with a diverse group of people. That means we’ll ask a lot of big questions here, but we don’t purport to have any of the big answers. We are a pluralistic organization, which means that we celebrate the vibrancy in Jewish life; the goal of JLF is to give students the space to explore what being Jewish could mean to you with friends. (It’s hard to be Jewish alone.)


Life’s Big Questions: Or how to get more out of college through Judaism
Thursdays, 6:15–7:45 PM
Beginning September 28

College is not only a time to meet new people, to learn the skills of a profession. It is also a time to explore some of the big questions that orient a life well lived. Who am I? What communities am I a part of? Who am I responsible for and why? What is the difference between love, lust and intimacy? What is worth committing myself to and why? While these are universal questions, we believe they can be illuminated through the unique light of Jewish texts and traditions.  In this seminar, we will explore what it means to be a twenty-something Jewish individual – the big questions of life as refracted through Jewish tradition.  We will try to explore the often complex questions with which we are faced upon our arrival at college in a way that enables us to find our own answers, but also to ask even more big questions.

Facilitated by Eliezer Lawrence, Rabbinic Intern, and Arielle Braude, Assistant Director


Sex, Love, & Romance: Toward a Postmodern Jewish Ethic
Mondays, 2:30-4 PM
Beginning October 2

This seminar will explore the ethics of gender, sexuality and intimacy in the Jewish tradition.  The richness of this conversation has analogues in countless other topics and themes of human experience.  We hope you will encounter them in your Jewish journey! Our goal is to explore the ideas of gender, sexuality, intimacy and sexual ethics in a broad range of sources in Jewish thought. Background: For many of us, sexuality and intimacy are some of the issues that matter most, but around which we receive the least guidance.  We will try to explore sexual ethics and the ever-elusive notion of intimacy in a way that honors our minds and bodies and respects our position as modern, thoughtful adults.  Our approach is open-minded and non-judgmental.

Facilitated by Shani Gross, Rabbinic Intern, and Arielle Braude, Assistant Director

Application Here:

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