The Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) is a nine-week experiential seminar for undergraduates looking to deepen their understanding of Judaism on their own terms while making friends and having fun.
Spring 2023: 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 sophomores, juniors and seniors only.
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).
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Click here to jump to how to apply.
When does the fellowship meet?
Each 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 or on a Sunday morning/afternoon during the quarter. Fellows are required to attend and participate attentively in all sessions and the Friday evening/Sunday gathering 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 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. Note that our spring session of Sex, Love and Relationships is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors only.
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 $300 stipend at the end of the quarter. Fellows taking a second JLF receive a $100 stipend. Students who have taken more than 2 JLFs are welcome to apply, but are unable to receive additional stipend funds.
Can I do JLF virtually?
In 2023, JLF will be offered in-person, although we reserve the right to move to an online format in the case of inclement weather or a public health crisis.
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 Kurland, Hillel UW’s Senior Jewish Educator, to speak more about the fellowship.
How to apply:
- Apply here!
- Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until Friday, March 31, 2023.
- A brief informal interview (on Zoom or in person) is required before the first class session.
- Session meeting dates:
- First session: Monday, April 3, 5:15-7:30 pm ** Note: due to Passover, this first session is on a Monday
- Following sessions: Wednesdays, from April 19-May 31, 2023
- Dinner from 5:15-6:00 pm; sessions run from 6:00-7:30 pm
- Shabbat gathering date: Friday, April 28, 2022, 6:00 pm