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Jewish Learning

Hillel offers a wide range of educational programs that empower students to explore Jewish texts and tradition and to grapple with contemporary issues through a Jewish lens.  Fellowships and learning series for the spring 2019 semester include:

Jewish Learning Fellowship: Life's Big ?'s

JLF is an experiential, conversational seminar for students looking to deepen their understanding of Judaism on their own terms.  We're asking big questions - and we know there's no one answer.  Fellows will meet over tapas throughout the semesterr; those who fulfill the Fellowship expectations will earn a $150 stipend.  No prior experience with Jewish learning is required!  Meets ten Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 PM, beginning January 30.  Sign up here.

Lilith: A Jewish-Feminist Fellowship

Be part of Hillel's Jewish feminist cohort and conversation!  This program is open to people of all gender identities who are interested in exploring the intersection of Judaism and feminism.  Meets six Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 PM, beginning February 19.  Sign up here.

(is)Real Talk: Narratives and Conflict

This is an opportunity to get real and to explore the multiple narratives and voices present around Israel.  Over the course of five sessions, we will engage with some of the most prominent narratives embedded within the conflict, including those of secular Jewish Israelis, Palestinians, Israeli settlers, and Arab Israels.  Meets on five Wednesday evenings, 6:00 - 7:30, beginning February 13.  sign up here

Jewish Nationalism: The Paradox of Israel

The idea of Jewish statehood has a long history, spanning generations, continents, and ideologies.  Embedded within both the historical conversation surrounding Jewish statehood and the modern day State of Israel are several paradoxes.  East or west?  Religious or secular?  Modern or old?  Universalist liberalism or particularist nationalism?  How, if at all, is it possible for these competing ideas to work together?  This four session series will explore these questions and offer a deeper, more nuanced understanding of the foundations that shape Israel today.  Meets on three Thursday evenings, 6:00 - 7:30, beginning March 7.  Sign up here.

Antisemitism: An Intergroup Dialogue Series

What are your experiences with antisemitism, regardless of your identity?  What is antisemitism and how does it function at AU and beyond?  What is the connection between antisemitism and other forms of oppression?  This dialogue is a partnership with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and is open to Jewish and non-Jewish students.  Meets on seven Wednesday evenings, 6:00 - 8:00, beginning February 20.  Sign up here.



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