Learning Opportunities

Jewish Learning Fellowship

Winter Quarter 2019

Jewish Learning Fellowship provides a semester of intellectual and experiential learning for students looking to deepen their understanding of Judaism. This quarter we are offering Life's Big Questions: Or, How to Get More Out of College.
We make no claims about the “right” way to practice or not to practice Judaism. Our job is to help you explore the tradition in a safe space, and find your own place, on your terms, Jewishly.
JLF meets once a week on Monday evenings, from 5pm until 7pm. We’ll feed you. You have to eat sometime, right? Additionally, fellows earn a $300 stipend at the end of the semester.
JLF is run by Hillel at Stanford: We are a pluralistic, non-denominational organization. That means that we don't believe that there is just "one right way to be Jewish" - the goal of JLF isn't to make you "more religious" or "less religious," but to give you a space to explore what being Jewish could mean to you with a community of interesting and fun people. Put simply, we want you to ask “big questions” about being Jewish, not give you “big answers.”

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but must be received no later than December 31, 2018. To register your interest, fill out the application here. Interested in the fellowship but want to learn more? Contact us here and a Hillel staff member will follow up with you.

My Search for Meaning:  The My Search for Meaning series presents a great opportunity for students to interact with Stanford faculty with a connection to Judaism. Faculty who wish to share their reflections and insights with students are invited to join the Hillel community for small lunch gatherings at Hillel where they have the chance to share their thoughts about life and meaning. Featured faculty at these events range from artistic scholars such as Professor Mark Applebaum to renowned scientists such as Professor Robert Sapolsky. MsM gatherings offer an intellectually stimulating and enriching experience, a rare opportunity to interact with faculty outside the classroom, and a chance to reflect and learn from teachers with a connection to Hillel on the Farm.

Advanced Talmud, Thursdays 7-9pm - Join us for readings of the talmudic texts! The ongoing seminar is designed to study the making of the talmudic sugya (unit of discourse), along with classic commentaries. Students will consider some of the recent developments in the academic study of Talmudic literature. The goal of the seminar is to provide Stanford students and faculty with the opportunity to engage in regular Talmud study, and to be introduced to a variety of approaches to studying Talmudic texts. All levels are welcome!

Jewish Incubator Fellowship initiatives continue to reflect interests around Jewish learning. If you have an idea for Jewish learning of any kind not reflected in the opportunities above, contact Lia Nilson at lnilson@stanford.edu to discuss and develop your idea with the support of the Jewish Incubator Fellowship.

Studying Abroad? Hillel partners with
Kahal: Your Jewish Home Abroad in dozens of cities around the globe. Whether it's a passover seder in Sevilla, Shabbat in Sydney, or just cool Jewish cultural resources wherever you are going, check them out and be amazed.

Taube Center for Jewish Studies at StanfordThe Taube Center for Jewish Studies offers an interdisciplinary program for the study and understanding of Jewish cultures, literatures, languages, religion, politics, and history. Educational activities include a rich menu of courses, an undergraduate major and minor, an ongoing colloquium on Jews, Judaism and Jewish culture geared toward graduate students, and graduate fellowship and other kinds of support to help develop the next generation of Jewish Studies scholars. 

And more! As many prominent scholars from various institutions travel though the area of Stanford, we are able to capitalize on their travel and have special learning events with them. We have hosted scholars from Pardes, the Shalom Hartman Institute, Bar Ilan University, and The University of Chicago, among others. Fun things like this are always popping up at Hillel@Stanford, so stay in the know by liking us on facebook! 


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Taube Hillel House & Koret Pavilion at the Ziff Center for Jewish Life
565 Mayfield Avenue
Stanford, CA 94305-8456
(650) 723-1602