Jewish Learning Fellowship


The Reality

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.


Our Vision

By the end of sessions, we want fellows to feel like they have:

  1. 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. 

  2. 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.

  3. ...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.


The Logistics

  • JLF meets for eight to ten sessions each semester for 75 minutes virtually
  • JLF students will join in community Shabbat experience virtually
  • Everyone involved in JLF is encouraged to bring an open mind, questions and an eagerness to learn
  • There is no expectation for students to have prior experience with Jewish texts, Jewish learning or Jewish communities
  • Students who complete the above requirements are eligible for a $180 scholarship at the completion of the course
  • JLF is facilitated by your very own Hillel staff and a peer educator!



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Stony Brook Hillel is grateful to the Office of Innovation of Hillel International for their funding of this program.

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