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Jewish Learning Fellowship

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. We're interested in asking big questions. You know, the big stuff - like: Who am I?  What values am I committed to and why?  How do I heal a broken world when Chem 111 is taking over my free time?

The Jewish Learning Fellowship adds two critical components to Jewish study: It builds a cohort of Jewish students within each class who create community, and it teaches classical Jewish texts by drawing on your own life experience and intuition.

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. And, make some cash!

These classes have no grades & no papers - because we know you have enough homework! Just enjoy great discussions for an hour and a half over 10 weeks, participate in a special Shabbat dinner during the semester, and celebrate in an hour-long Siyyum (Closing) Graduation Ceremony with the JLF community (find the dates in our FAQ). 

No prior Jewish learning or background is required for 1.0 courses! All experience levels are welcome.

Have questions? Want to know the requirements for the classes? Check out our FAQ, and if that doesn't help, email

WashU Hillel's JLF is funded in part by Hillel International and Mosaic United.

JLF 1.0 THRIVE: Jewish Well-Being Practices for Everyday Life
Tuesdays @ Hillel from 7:30 – 9:00 PM – Dinner will be served
Stipend $300 upon satisfactory completion
10 Class Series starting February 7th

Led by Yael Shy and Rabbi Jordan Gerson

What does Judaism have to teach us about finding purpose, meaning and well-being? How might meditation and mindfulness help us on our spiritual path? In this class, we will strengthen our wellness skills, such as mindfulness, text study, journaling and deep listening, as we delve deeply into Jewish texts and practices. We will apply the practices to everyday life and interpersonal relationships, reflect on our experiences, and grow in our awareness of how our behavior impacts ourselves and the world around us. By the end of the semester, we will have developed several techniques that can help us navigate ‘real life’ and help us strengthen our resilience, inner-strength, purpose and joy.

First Name *
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Please indicate your permanent home address, as stipend checks will not be available until the conclusion of spring semester.
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Format (111-111-1111)
If you are applying for the "Big Israel Questions" class, please also share your Israel story.
Have you participated in Birthright Israel?
How did you hear about JLF?
Which, if any of these, have you participated in previously? Please check all that apply.
Please know there are no wrong answers - we are just getting to know you!
In addition to occasional emails from the JLF team, would you be interested in receiving emails about future Jewish opportunities for young adults from Hillel's funders?