Jewish Learning Fellowship FAQ

Have questions about JLF? Please read below! If you have any other questions please contact Click here to apply or read more info about the program.
  1. What is JLF?

    JLF provides a semester of intellectual and experiential learning from a pluralistic perspective for students looking to deepen their understanding of Judaism. This semester we are offering "Life's Big Questions: Or, How to Get More Out of College." In the spring semester we will offer one or two additional classes.

  2. How is JLF different from other programs? Are you just trying to make me be Jewish?

    JLF is run by WashU Hillel - the official hub for Jewish life on campus.

    Hillel is 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 (or any Hillel program) 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.”

    Hillel's dedication to pluralistic values allow for the flexibility to create unique spaces where different expressions happen (i.e. various denominational Shabbat services) or one space where multiple Jewish expressions and identities can coexist (i.e. our community Shabbat dinners).

  3. What are the exact class dates & other celebration times?

    Class is held on Thursdays from 4:15-5:45pm. Below please find all class dates, as well as the JLF Shabbat Experience & Siyyum (Closing) Graduation Ceremony. Students must attend 8 out of the 10 classes to receive the $200 scholarship. If you already know you have a prior commitment during one of the other celebrations, that is okay if you let us know in advance.

    9/20 - Class 1
    9/27 - Student participant social event on campus
    10/4 - Class 2
    10/11 - Class 3
    10/18 - Class 4
    10/25 - Class 5
    11/1 - Class 6
    11/8 - Class 7
    11/15 - Class 8
    11/29 - Class 9
    11/30 - JLF Shabbat Dinner & Oneg - 6-9:30pm at Hillel
    12/6 - Class 10 (HANUKKAH!)
    12/14 - JLF Siyyum (Graduation Celebration) - 4:30-5:30pm at Hillel

  4. Do I have to have previous Jewish learning experience to participate?

    Absolutely not! This class is for students of any Jewish learning background.

  5. But I'm so busy.

    JLF meets once a week, for 10 weeks, for an hour and a half. No homework, no essays, no pre-work. And we'll feed you. You have to eat sometime, right? Additionally, fellows earn a $200 stipend at the end of the semester.

  6. I'm into this. What do I do now?

    Applications for JLF will be accepted on a rolling basis through 9/13, and we would urge you to apply as soon as possible - spots are limited and will fill up quickly on a first come first served basis. You can apply at

  7. I still have questions!

    Great! We would love to answer them. Let's grab coffee! Email