Jewish Learning Fellowship

Sex, Love, & Romance: Toward a Post-modern Jewish Ethic
Shani Gross + Arielle Braude
Mondays, 1:00-2:30 PM

For many of us, sexuality and intimacy are some of the issues that matter most, but around which we receive the least guidance.  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 to explore the ideas of gender, sexuality, intimacy and sexual ethics in a broad range of sources in Jewish thought. This semester, we will aim 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.


Life’s Big Questions: Or how to get more out of college through Judaism
Merav Fine Braun + Arielle Braude
Tuesdays, 12:30-2:00 PM

College is often the first time that we get to decide who we want to be in a lot of our identities. For the first time, we’re on own… so who do we want to be? What communities am I a part of? What do I want to do with my life? Is everyone actually having sex with everyone? What is my religion? Do I need one? Is perfection a real thing? What do I really want to learn and why? Who do I want to hang out with? While these are universal questions, we believe they can be illuminated through the unique light of Jewish traditions.  In this seminar, we will explore what it means to be a twenty-something Jewish individual in college. 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.


Social Justice as a Spiritual Practice
Eliezer Lawrence
This seminar is suggested for students who have participated in JLF 1.
Thursdays 6:15-7:45 PM

Ever feel like there is so much going on in the world that you are not sure how to make a difference?How has Jewish tradition grappled with the need to assist those in need? How do we navigate the seemingly unlimited opportunities available to make a difference in today’s world? Sometimes it feels like our socially aware, postmodern beliefs are completely distinct from our Jewish identities. In this seminar, we seek to cultivate thoughtful discussion and radically honest reflection about the intersection of Judaism and social justice.

Arielle Braude
This seminar is suggested for students who have participated in JLF 1.
Wednesdays, 3-4:30 PM

All of a sudden, we’re expected to “know things”: how to get a job, how to pass our classes, how to find a partner, how to keep friends. In college, we have to do the most awkward thing: become adults. In this seminar, we’ll explore the big questions that we have about getting older (aka moving into our early and mid twenties) and what Jewish tradition could illuminate about why blind dates, meeting parental expectations, declaring a major, picking graduate school, and paying taxes can be meaningful. Even further, it might actually be fun.


Questions? Email Arielle.