The Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) is a semester-long course that brings students together through a shared cohort experience. Using Jewish text, conversation, and each student’s personal experiences we dive into life’s big questions through the framework of Jewish tradition. Our goal is to bring ASU students together who otherwise wouldn’t meet one another and provide a space for them to make friends, build a deep community, and learn something new about themselves and their relationship to Judaism.
JLF is for every student, no matter what their Jewish journey was before arriving at ASU. We don’t tell them the ‘right’ way to be Jewish. We help them explore their religion and culture in a safe space that allows them to feel part of something bigger than themselves.
This semester Hillel at ASU offered two courses, Life's Big Questions and the Sex, Love, and Romance curriculum. which allowed students to open up and explore the many facets and dynamics of romantic relationships during the unique experience of college!
Curious about what topics this might include? Some favorites of our students are: Is it Jewish to talk about sex? How do you express affection for someone when you can’t express it physically? How are non-heterosexual relationships understood in the Jewish tradition?
JLF not only provides Jewish inspiration but also a social opportunity with peers interested in engaging in deeper conversations. Participants are given the chance to converse with their entire cohort and with chevrutas (partner or small group), creating shared Jewish experiences over relevant content and essential questions to their lives. Graduates of the JLF have a stronger Jewish social network and feel part of a greater community, allowing them to build enduring commitments to their Judaism.
Hillel at ASU is proudly sponsored by the Center for Jewish Philanthropy of Greater Phoenix.