Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF)

At Elon Hillel, we want you to ask BIG QUESTIONS about being Jewish, not give you BIG ANSWERS.

If you are looking for a space to explore what being Jewish could mean to you, with a community of interesting and fun people, Hillel has an opportunity for you!

Elon Hillel’s Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) is a 10-week experiential, conversational seminar for students looking to deepen their understanding of Judaism on their own terms. The program began in 2007 and has since graduated several thousand fellows.

“At the beginning, I was nervous to sign up,” shared Lauren Singles ’23. “I am so thankful that I signed up and have been a part of this incredible program. I’ve learned so much from studying the texts and having deep conversations with the entire crew, and I’ve met some of the most wonderful people while doing it! JLF has meant stepping out of my comfort zone and diving deeper into my Jewish identity.”

JLF is a pluralistic, non-denominational fellowship. This means that at Elon Hillel, 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.” It’s a chance to explore your Judaism, on your own terms, with Rabbi Sandra and Professor Boaz, in a fun and non-judgmental space full of food, friends, and freedom to ask questions.

Even better, successful participants in the program receive a monetary stipend (no more than one excused absence permitted).

According to student Sasha Bergelson: “While new, JLF has instantly become an absolute staple of the Hillel program at Elon University. Balancing perfectly informal education with free-form discussion on personal experience and what it means to be Jewish, JLF has facilitated new friendships, expanded personal views and perspectives and was truly successful. To all those who may venture on this journey in the future- you’re in for an absolute treat.”