Life’s Big Questions
Spring 2020

(Still) figuring college out? Want to explore your Jewish roots? Do you have deep, burning questions about life? Then the Jewish Learning Fellowship is for you! This 10-week fellowship brings students together to ask and answer powerful questions about what it means to live life as a Jewish adult, such as: What does it mean to be a part of a community? What role does friendship play in our lives? How do we understand sex and intimacy?

Join your peers and meet new people as we study accessible yet insightful texts and share dinner each week.

Oh, and did we mention there’s a $150 stipend for a future Jewish experience?

Open to all who are new to campus and/or want to explore their Jewish identity in a new and meaningful way.

For questions, contact Rabbi Eric at eabbott3@jhu.edu.

Applications close February 5, 2020!

FAQs

What is the Jewish Learning Fellowship?

The Jewish Learning Fellowship is a ten-week fellowship that brings together college students to study Jewish texts, share food together, build community, and meet new people. It includes ten sessions, plus a Shabbat experience or two and a commencement ceremony.

What is the time commitment?

We will meet for ten sessions, each an hour and a half. Dinner is included. Additionally, we’ll all gather for one or two Shabbat events and a commencement ceremony.

How much does it cost?

Nothing! In fact, we will pay you to join us! We believe that Jewish learning and identity formation is valuable, and so is your time. Therefore, we will provide a stipend toward a future Jewish experience, such as studying at Pardes in Jerusalem or traveling on a Hillel Alternative Spring Break.

When exactly will we meet?

Note that the schedule may change–don’t let this stop you from applying!

As of right now, we will meet Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30, on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020
  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2020
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020
  • (OFF FOR SPRING BREAK – 3/17/20)
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020
  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020
  • Monday, April 13, 2020 or Tuesday, April 14, 2020 (TBD)*
  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020

There are also two Shabbat experiences, on Friday, February 28, 2020 and Friday, April 3, 2020, and a Commencement ceremony on either Tuesday, April 28, 2020 or Wednesday, April 29, 2020 (TBD)*.

*April 14 and April 28 coincide with Jewish holidays and so we might move our class/commencement away from those evenings.

What if I cannot make it on these dates or at these times?

Don’t let that stop you from applying! When you apply, we’ll also ask for alternative days and times when you can meet, and if we can make it work, we’ll adjust the schedule for what’s best for the group. Unfortunately, if we can’t figure out a time that works for everyone, we’ll probably stick to the originally scheduled dates.

I don’t know anything about Jewish texts. I don’t know Torah from Talmud. I never went to Jewish day school. Is this for me?

It’s exactly for you! The Jewish Learning Fellowship is ideal for students who feel that they do not have a strong Jewish textual background but want to learn more. We will study texts in such a way that you need almost no Jewish experience and yet will still be able to learn a lot. And even if you do have some Jewish learning, we encourage you to apply! We are mainly looking for people who want to explore their Jewish identity–whatever that looks like.

What are the goals of the JLF?

We hope that through the Jewish Learning Fellowship, students will meet new people, bond with peers, feel like they belong to the Jewish community, find a Jewish mentor, discover a love of Torah, and feel connected to Jewish time. We’ll do this through studying together, eating together, and exploring our Jewish identities together.

I have already participated in the Jewish Identity Fellowship or the Jewish Learning Fellowship previously. Is this for me?

We encourage students who participated in the Jewish Identity Fellowship or Jewish Learning Fellowship to apply to be JLF interns! Read the job description here.

We will also hold JLF alumni experiences this year. Stay tuned for more info!

This all sounds great. Where do I sign up?

Wonderful! Apply now! APPLICATIONS CLOSE FEBRUARY 5, 2020!