Jewish Learning Fellowship

Penn State Hillel is offering a 10-week learning course! The JLF is a 10-week experiential, pluralistic, conversational seminar for students looking to deepen their understanding of Judaism on their own terms. JLF adds two critical components to traditional study:

  • It builds a cohort of students within each class who befriend one another and create a community.
  • It teaches classical Jewish texts by drawing on the life experience and intuition of college students themselves.

The JLF cohort will consist of 20 students. No experience with Jewish learning or text study is required! We rely on your life experience and intuition to drive the conversation.  Upon completion of the JLF, students earn a $300 stipend.

Applications are due September 20th and candidates will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applications for the Fall are closed–if you are interested in Jewish learning opportunities please email Rachel Dingman at


The first class is Thursday September 27 from 6:00-8:00pm

All following classes will occur weekly at 6:00-8:00pm on Thursdays

Location is The Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

Classes conclude in December (Exact date TBD)

Topics of Classes Include:

  • Sex, Love, and Romance: Toward a Postmodern Jewish Ethic
  • Life’s Big Questions: Or How To Get More Out of College Through Judaism
  • Judaism as Art: A Search for Congruity
  • Judaism from the Inside Out: Spiritual Practices for Real Life

Additionally, students attend two Shabbat dinners together – one at Hillel in a special private dinner, and the other at our educator’s home.

What you do: 

  • Jewish study on your terms, in a pluralistic conversation environment
  • Live the Jewish calendar
  • Create a strong Jewish social network, and
  • Have a Jewish mentor to help them address life’s big questions.

To apply, fill out the form below!