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 for the spring 2021 cohort of JLF are now open. The application is open until Feb. 7. If you have questions or would like additional information on JLF please contact Nicole Vitt.
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 over Zoom during the spring semester for eight weeks. Four days and times will be available. Please pick the days and times that work best for your schedule.
The four options are Mondays from 3:30pm-4:30pm, Tuesdays from 3:00pm-4:00pm, Wednesdays from 5:00pm-6:00pm, or Thursdays from 6:00pm-7:00pm.
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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 is virtual and 60 minutes in length.
How many fellows are there?
Each seminar will have 20-25 fellows.
Can I do JLF virtually?
Yes! This semester, JLF is entirely virtual.
How do I apply?
Applications for the spring 2021 cohort of JLF are now open. Applications are due by Feb. 7. If you would like additional information on JLF, please contact Nicole Vitt.
JLF 2.0: Big Israel Questions
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 be held every Tuesday from 6-7 beginning on February 22 and ending on April 13.
Applications for the spring 2021 cohort of JLF 2.0 are now open. If you have questions or would like additional information on JLF please contact Nicole Vitt.