Life’s Big Questions

New to college? 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 make new friends 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.

To apply, click here. Note that applications close Thursday, September 20, at 5pm.

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 make friends. It includes ten sessions, plus a Shabbat experience 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 Shabbat on November 2, and we will hold a brief commencement ceremony on December 8.

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 $150 stipend toward a future Jewish experience, such as studying at Pardes in Jerusalem or volunteering during Alternative Spring Break.

When exactly will we meet?

We will meet on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 for ten sessions, starting September 26 and taking a week off for Thanksgiving Break. We will also gather for Shabbat on November 2 and hold a commencement ceremony (as a finals study-break) on December 8.

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!

What are the goals of the JLF?

We hope that through the Jewish Learning Fellowship, students will make friends, 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 did the Jewish Identity Fellowship last year. Is this for me?

We encourage students who participated in the Jewish Identity Fellowship last year to apply to be JLF interns this year! Read the job description and apply here.

This all sounds great. Where do I sign up?

Wonderful! Fill out the application hereAPPLICATIONS CLOSE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 AT 5PM.