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Our spring class applications are now closed. Check back later this summer for applications for fall 2021!

The Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) classes offer a safe space to make friends, build community, and explore what being Jewish means to you and your peers. This all happens through the lens of meaningful Jewish text learning with delicious meals and stipends for your time.

Please contact Rabbi Elie at elie@bu.edu with any questions or for more information.

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“Prior to JLF and the Israel class I had really fallen out of touch with all parts of what I thought it meant to be Jewish. JLF gave me an opportunity to reconnect with that aspect of my identity, without any pressure to fulfill certain expectations or check any boxes.” – Noah Riley, ’22

Jewish learning is a cornerstone of any Jewish community, and BU Hillel staff offer creative, fun, and meaningful cohort opportunities open to the entire campus. In addition, they are available for one-on-one learning and individual pastoral care. Feel free to contact any of them to set up a time to meet. They are happy to learn with students from beginner level to expert on any Jewish subject. All questions are welcome and everyone is invited.

Sermons

Here is a sampling of sermons from our rabbinic staff.

 

Class Schedule Spring 2021!

We are excited to launch the Spring 2021 Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) cohort classes. Everyone can earn $300 for taking a JLF class. This is one of our most in-demand programs (150 students participated this fall).

JLF classes offer a safe space to make friends, build community, and explore what being Jewish means to you and your peers. Not only is it free but you get a stipend with each JLF!
 
10-Session Courses:

1) Jewish Holidays: What They’re Really All About – Monday, 1:00-2:00 pm

2) Badass Biblical Women: Power, Leadership & Sexuality – Monday 5:00-6:00 pm

3) Israeli Film, Music, and Literature – Tuesday, 1:00-2:00 pm

4) Sex, Love & Romance – Tuesday, 5:00-6:00 pm

5) Wine & Judaism (21+) – Wednesday, 5:00-6:00 pm

*NOTE: To sign up, you must be part of a group of 2-4 students who will participate in the JLF class together in a pod-like format. In lieu of the $300 stipend, we will send your group a case of wine for the class. If you attend less than 9 sessions, you will be responsible for paying back the cost of the wine to BU Hillel.

6) Making it BIG Professionally: Jobs and Judaism – Thursday, 5:00-6:00 pm

7) JLF 101: Life’s Big Questions – Thursday, 5:00-6:00 pm

*Note: BU HUB Unit available

One-on-One Learning

In our tight-knit community, we have a unique opportunity to learn one-on-one with Rabbi Elie or a member of the rabbinic staff. They offer their time to students wherever they may be on their Jewish journey as they explore how Jewish identity is relevant in their lives. They are happy to learn with students from beginner level to expert on any Jewish subject. All questions are welcome and everyone is invited.

Contact:

Rabbi Elie loves supporting young adults find innovative and meaningful ways to feel confident in their Jewish identity, knowledge, and practice. Email Rabbi Elie at elie@bu.edu.

FAQ’s:

Can I invite friends to join?

Absolutely! You can totally share the application with friends or put them in touch with Rabbi Elie.

Are there JLF cohorts offered in other semesters?

Yes! There are several JLF cohort classes offered each semester – Fall and Spring on a huge variety of topics (cooking, LGBTQ+, Jewish values on college campus, professional skills, social justice, and many many more). You can apply for multiple classes any semester you wish.

What do I have to pay?

JLF is absolutely free! In fact, we pay YOU a generous stipend.

Can I get BU credit?

Yes, the Life’s Big Questions JLF class can earn BU HUB Cocurricular Unit (Individual in Community). This is HUGE!

What’s the application like?

The application takes 5 minutes tops. It’s easy and fast to pick the classes that interest you.

Do I have to be religious?

Nope! JLF is for anyone and everyone regardless of how “Jewish” you are.