The 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 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.
At JLF, we'll break bread together each week. We’ll also 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.
The application window for the spring 2020 cohort of JLF is now closed and we are at capacity. For more information about JLF, please contact Rabbi Jonah Zinn. Dates and applications for the next cohort will be announced later in 2020.
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 to bear 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?
A 10-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.
Did we mention there will be food?
When does JLF meet?
We'll meet once a week during the spring semester from 5:30-7:30pm at Hillel for dinner and conversation.
Thursday, February 13
Thursday, February 20
Thursday, February 27
Thursday, March 12
Thursday, March 19
Thursday, March 26
Thursday, April 2
Tuesday, April 7
Thursday, April 16
Thursday, April 23
What do I have to do to earn the scholarship?
To receive the scholarship you must (1) Attend all ten sessions on time and attentively, and (2) Attend a Shabbat evening experience.
Who is eligible to apply for the fellowship?
JLF is open to students currently enrolled as undergraduate 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 10 weeks, for an two which includes dinner. You have to eat sometime, right? Additionally, to make it worth your while, you should know that Fellows earn a scholarship at the end of the semester.
How many fellows are there?
Each seminar will have 20-25 fellows.
How do I apply?
You can find the application links above. If you have any questions, contact Iara.