The Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) is an experiential seminar for undergraduates looking to deepen their understanding of Judaism on their own terms while making friends and having fun.
Spring 2024: Sex, Love and Relationships
What’s sex got to do with being Jewish? How does Judaism understand consent, hookup culture, and sexuality? How might Jewish values be at the table when I am making decisions about sex and intimacy?
Open to students in their second, third, or final year of undergraduate studies.
We will ask big questions about life but don’t purport to have any of the answers. We make no claims about the “right” way to practice or not to practice Judaism. Our job is to provide you time and space to consider the questions and find your own place.
In addition, we will nourish you (dinner will be served!) and value your time (after completion of the program you will receive a stipend).
When does the fellowship meet?
The fellowship runs for approximately nine weeks and meets in person on a weekday evening at Hillel UW (4745 17th Ave NE). The experience includes a special gathering on a Friday evening during the quarter (date TBA). Fellows are required to attend and participate attentively in all sessions and the Friday session to receive a stipend.
How many fellows are there?
Each seminar will have approximately 10-15 fellows.
Is there homework? Will this cause me more stress?
There is no homework! And students report that JLF is a break from the stress of school and work, not an added burden.
Who is eligible to apply?
Current undergraduates in their second, third, or final year of study are invited to apply. No previous formal Jewish learning experience is necessary. JLF is open to students from a wide variety of Jewish backgrounds, expressions, and experiences.
Can I apply if I have already participated in JLF?
Returning fellows are welcome to apply, though first-time participants are given priority.
Did you mention a stipend?
First-time fellows earn a $200 stipend at the end of the quarter. Alumni of any previous JLF (such as Pursuing Justice) receive a $100 stipend. Students who have taken more than two JLFs are welcome to apply, but are unable to receive additional stipend funds.
What do past participants say about the program?
“JLF is a great way to meet people at Hillel while studying various topics through a Jewish perspective.”
“It was a great time to have real, honest conversation about real topics that *matter.*”
Who do I contact with any questions or concerns?
Contact Rabbi Lauren, Hillel UW’s Senior Jewish Educator, to speak more about the fellowship.
- While session meeting dates will be finalized and announced in winter quarter, we recommend you reserve a spot in this popular class by applying now. You can always change your mind when the dates are announced if they do not work for you.
- Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until Friday, March 22, 2024.
- A brief informal interview (on Zoom or in person) with Hillel staff is required before the first class session.