You're in college. So, you're an adult now, right? Feel like you should have all the answers? 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? What is my religion? Do I need one? 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.
What is JLF?
The Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) is an 8 to 10-week experiential, conversational seminar for students looking to deepen their understanding of Judaism on their own terms. We’re interested in asking big questions.
We are 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. Fellows earn a scholarship and share dinner every week.
By the end of sessions, we want fellows to feel like they have:
A Jewish Social Network; let’s be real, Jewish life doesn’t happen by yourself in your dorm room or apartment. It happens with other people. We want you to feel like you have a bigger Jewish social network at the end of JLF.
A Jewish community; we want you to feel a part of something bigger than yourself, and we want you to feel like you have a community after JLF, if you want one. What we’re saying is, we’re going to invite you to get coffee.
...learned something interesting. The wisdom found in Jewish texts, both ancient and contemporary, can be surprising, complicated, delightful, weird, mysterious, perplexing, and FUN. We’ll read these texts broadly and generously in JLF, and we'll count on fellows adding their unique voices and perspectives into our conversations.
Stony Brook Hillel is grateful to the Office of Innovation of Hillel International for their funding of this program.