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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 - if that didn't help, email rabbijordan@washuhillel.org.

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


JLF 1.0: Judaism and Art
Stipend: $300
Facilitated by Silk Foundation Campus Rabbi Jordan Gerson and Assistant Director Tony Westbrook, Jr.
Tuesdays @ 7:30pm virtually.  Dates TBD

Can Jewish spiritual practice be understood as a kind of art? How can the artistic process illuminate Jewish living?

Join Rabbi Jordan and Tony as we look at some of the themes that have occupied modern art production and consumption, in particular — the presence or absence of the author; the tension between discipline and creative spontaneity in art production; and the poetics of darkness and light. It is our hope by showcasing some of the common themes between classical Jewish texts and modern art that we might begin to imagine a new intersection between Judaism and art. No prior art experience necessary, though personal experience and interest are welcome.

This class is open to all Jewish students. 

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If you are applying for the "Big Israel Questions" class, please also share your Israel story.
Have you participated in Birthright Israel?
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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?