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Jewish Learning with WashU Hillel

Jewish Learning Fellowship

Applications are rolling but will close on 9/13 and classes start 9/20.  
WashU Hillel's Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) is a 10-week experiential, conversational seminar for students looking to deepen their understanding of Judaism on their own terms while earning a $200 stipend. We're interested in asking big questions. You know, the big stuff, like - What values am I committed to and why? How do we disagree with one another? How do I heal a broken world when Chem 111 is taking over my free time? We make no claims about the "right" way to practice or not to practice Judaism. Our class will help you explore the tradition in a safe space and find your own place, on your terms. This fall's class is "Life's Big Questions: or how to get more out of college through Judaism." Sign-ups are rolling but will close on 9/13 and classes start 9/20. Click here to learn more and to apply!

Learn & Lead: D'var Torah Workshop

If you are interested in: strengthening leadership skills, becoming more involved in religious life in a pluralistic setting, writing speeches, and building community, this is the workshop for you! Writing and sharing a D'var Torah ("word of Torah," or a sermon), are traditional ways to delve into Jewish text and wisdom and our ideas inspired by them, typically through the lens of the Torah parsha (portion) of the week. Through this course with five sessions, students will learn various D'var Torah writing and delivery styles, and have opportunities to practice giving their Divrei Torah (sermons) in a supportive community focused on growth and learning. The final project of the course is a D'var Torah written for a select parsha that the student will deliver at the coinciding Shabbat minyan/service. Each student will receive a personal Tanakh (the book containing Torah, Nevi'im [Prophets], and Ketuvim [Writings]) at the start of the course. Session times will be determined according to the availability of interested students. 

Chevruta Learning with HLC

Hillel Leadership Council’s Religious Life cohort invites you to learn about Jewish texts with your friends this fall. Get paired up with a chevruta, a partner, and study and critically discuss texts about an exciting topic once a week on your own time. Once you are paired up, you and your chevruta partner will learn about exciting topics once each week on your own time. You will be supplied with topics and texts (we welcome your suggestions, too!) Unlike a typical teacher-student relationship, chevruta learning is a conversation, not a lecture. This will allow partners to engage and challenge each other in meaningful discussions about Judaism and our lives. We anticipate the program will run for 8-10 weeks. It will also likely feature one monthly group session as well as a weekly stipend for food (more details to come!) Sign up here to indicate interest (it's not binding).