Jewish Learning

Fellowship

Jewish Learning Fellowship applications are open!  

 

 

Applications will close on September 16th.

The Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) is an 8-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 communities am I a part of? What is worth committing myself to, and why? And we don’t purport to have any of the big answers.

We're proud to say that 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, in Judaism’s Great Conversation.

 

As a Jewish Learning Fellow, we'll invite you to coffee, spend a Shabbat together, and help you feel connected to next steps and alumni offerings after JLF ends. Fellows can earn a scholarship at the end of the program.

 

Applications will close on September 16th. If you have questions or would like additional information on JLF please contact Nicole Vitt.

There are four cohort options for JLF: Tuesdays 3-4:15, Tuesdays 4:30-5:45, Thursdays 4-5:15, and Thursdays 5:30-6:45. On your application, please pick the time or times that work best for you and you will be placed in one of the four cohorts. 

Cohort 1 - Tuesdays 3:00pm-4:15pm 

Tues Sept 28

Tues Oct 5

Tues Oct 12

Tues Oct 19

Tues Oct 26 

Tues Nov 2

Tues Nov 9 

Tues Nov 16 

 

Cohort 2 - Tuesdays 4:30pm-5:45pm

Tues Sept 28

Tues Oct 5

Tues Oct 12

Tues Oct 19

Tues Oct 26 

Tues Nov 2

Tues Nov 9 

Tues Nov16 

 

Cohort 3 - Thursdays 4:00pm-5:15pm

Thurs Sept 30

Thurs Oct 7 

Thurs Oct 14 

Thurs Oct 21

Thurs Oct 28 

Thurs Nov 4 

Thurs Nov 11 

Thurs Nov 18 

 

Cohort 4 - Thursdays 5:30pm-6:45pm

Thurs Sept 30

Thurs Oct 7 

Thurs Oct 14 

Thurs Oct 21

Thurs Oct 28 

Thurs Nov 4 

Thurs Nov 11 

Thurs Nov 18

 

Jewish Learning Fellowship FAQs

How is JLF different from other programs?

JLF is run by Hillel International’s Office of Innovation, in partnership with local campuses like UF Hillel. Our educators bring a wide variety of Jewish backgrounds, experiences, and philosophies. Some of them are rabbis. We are also a pluralistic, non-denominational project. We do not believe there is “one right way to be Jewish.”

What do you actually do in JLF? 

JLF is an 8-week immersive experience that explores life's big questions, such as, how honest do I have to be in a friendship? How do I explore intimacy in college? Is there a way to disagree productively? How do I make time for balancing work and my own rest? And many more. This program is an opportunity to learn a little, meet new friends, and explore Jewish community on our campus.

When does JLF meet?

We'll meet once a week during the semester for eight weeks. Four days and times will be available. Please pick the days and times that work best for your schedule.

What do I have to do to earn the scholarship?

To receive the scholarship you must (1) Attend all eight sessions on time and attentively, and (2) Participate in a JLF Shabbat evening experience.

Who is eligible to apply for the fellowship?

JLF is open to students currently enrolled as undergraduates at UF. While JLF is a program rooted in Jewish study and in Jewish community, we do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.

Do I need a certain Jewish background to participate?

No, no background is necessary. JLF is open to students from a wide variety of Jewish backgrounds, expressions, and experiences!

What is the time commitment?

JLF meets once a week, for 8 weeks. Each session 75 minutes in length.

How many fellows are there?

Each seminar will have 20-25 fellows.

How do I apply?

Applications are currently closed and will reopen Fall 2021. If you would like additional information on JLF, please contact Nicole Vitt.

JLF 2.0: Big Israel Questions

 

Applications for JLF 2.0 will close on September 15.

Would you like to continue your Jewish learning journey beyond JLF 1.0?  Apply to JLF 2.0 today! Through the 8 sessions of JLF 2.0: Big Israel Questions you will be able to deepen your understanding of Israel and Judaism on your own terms. We’re interested in asking big questions. You know, the big stuff — like who are my people? What do I value? What is patriotism? And we don’t purport to have any of the big answers.

Please note that you must have completed JLF 1.0 before applying for JLF 2.0.  

JLF 2.0 will meet in person on Mondays from 4:30pm-5:45pm. 

 

Mondays 4:30-5:45

Mon Sept 27

Mon Oct 4

Mon Oct 11

Mon Oct 18

Mon Oct 25

Mon Nov 1

Mon Nov 8

Mon Nov 15

Applications for JLF 2.0 are currently open! If you have questions or would like additional information on JLF please contact Nicole Vitt.