J&Y Fellowships: Your Identity, Your Passion, Your Judaism

Judaism & You Fellowships are all about the intersection between your passions, interests, and identities. Fellowships gather to learn, talk, and build community on a weekly basis. For spring 2021 all fellowships will meet virtually.  In appreciation of your time and commitment, some fellowships will come with a stipend for students who complete the full requirements of the fellowship. Students may participate in more than one fellowship but are eligible to receive one stipend for the academic year (Summer 2020-Spring 2021). If you already received a stipend, we still welcome your participation in a fellowship or series this semester!

 

SPRING 2021

Series

Judaism & You Series will be 4-6 sessions and students may attend as many or as few sessions as they’d like. Eligible students who attend all sessions of a series will receive an $80 stipend at the end of the semester. New for Spring 2021: Judaism & Adulting (led by Avigail & Emily), Judaism & Jewish Food (led by Navah), Judaism & Law (led by Rabbi Hain), and Judaism & Gratitude (led by Elan).

Judaism & Jewish Food

Everyone has a favorite food, and lots of our faves¬†are formed around celebrations: birthday treats, special occasion dinners, Shabbat dinners, and lots of holidays. But what makes a food “Jewish”? Over 6 sessions, we will explore Jewish food traditions from our own families and around the world. We’ll look at history and culture, and we’ll definitely eat some delicious food! Come to one session, or come to them all! Email Navah with any questions, and click here to register.

Judaism & Adulting

Calling all graduating seniors! Join us for Judaism & Adulting, a series just for the class of 2021! Judaism & Adulting will cover subjects such as finance and budgeting, networking, how to achieve a work/life balance, how to move Kraft Shabbat to your home, and more.  Feel free to sign up for everything or just what interests you. Dates and times will be announced in January. If you have any questions contact Avigail and Emily. 

Judaism & Gratitude

Are you feeling hungry for a conversation around the practice & challenges of gratitude during this ~bizarre~ time? Join Elan to explore some of the ideas Jewish tradition offers us around cultivating gratitude to see what they may reveal to us today. Together, we will encounter Jewish texts and ideas that feel applicable to and resonant with our day-to-day lives. Join this intimate cohort of folks four times throughout the semester to grapple with difficult questions in a shared, brave space.  Come to one session, or come to them all! Click here to register! Email Elan with any questions.

Judaism & Law

From Moses to RBG, Jews have been closely associated with the law. Whether it be the countless volumes by Jewish authors dedicated to Jewish Law (halakha) or the profound effect Jewish attorneys have had on the American legal system, the connections run deep. In this six part series open to both undergrads and graduate students, we will discuss the relationships between law, Jews, and Judaism. We’ll consider political, social, cultural, religious, historical, and legal circumstances contributing to law being an essential component to Jews and their identities. Sessions will include legal theory and Jewish law, the Jewish imprint on the United States Supreme Court, with facilitators from Columbia Law School, local Jewish educators, and experts in the field. Register here.  If you have any questions, ask away!


Fellowships

Judaism & You Fellowships will be 8-10 sessions, and eligible students who successfully complete their fellowship as part of the cohort will receive a $180 stipend at the end of the semester. New for Spring 2021: iEngage – Judaism & Israel (led by Navah), Judaism & Fashion (led by Rabbi Leah), Judaism & Justice (led by Navah & Michaela), and Judaism & Athletics (led by Molly). Another round of Judaism & Every Day Life (led by Rabbi Leah), Judaism & College Life (led by Elan), and Judaism & the Core (led by Rabbi Hain) will also be offered this spring.

                                          Judaism & College Life (Class of 2024 only)

YOU MADE IT! You’re in college!! Now what?! Being in college provides us with the opportunity to decide who we want to be and how we want to interact with the world around us. This conversational seminar is for anyone looking to deepen their connection to Judaism on their own terms and build community while meeting other first year students. We will try to explore the often complex questions with which we are faced upon our arrival at college in a way that enables us to find our own answers. Click here to register! Email Elan with any questions.

Judaism & Athletics

Are you on a sports team? First, Go Columbia Lions!! Second, join a cohort of fellow student-athletes and explore the complexities of being a Jewish student-athlete on a college campus!  This fellowship aims to create connections among student-athletes and foster conversations about how being on a sports team may shape decisions and actions pertaining to Judaism. For Spring 2021, this fellowship will meet virtually weekly for 8 weeks. Eligible participants will receive a $180 stipend upon completion of the fellowship. Click here to register! Questions? Email Molly for more info!

Judaism & Fashion

Through stories, images and texts from the Torah to today, we‚Äôll explore how fashion has shaped Jewish history, identity and expression for millennia — and what that might mean for us as Jews today. This fellowship will meet virtually weekly for 8 weeks and eligible participants will receive a $180 stipend upon completion of the fellowship.¬† Email Rabbi Leah with any questions and click here to register!

 

Judaism & Everyday Life

Have you wanted to learn more about Judaism and how it applies to your life today,

but haven’t had the time or opportunity to do that yet? Then Judaism & Everyday Life is for you! Each session will focus on a different theme within Judaism, ranging from sacred texts to Shabbat and holidays to social justice.  This fellowship will meet virtually weekly for 8 weeks and eligible participants will receive a $180 stipend upon completion of the fellowship.  Email Rabbi Leah with any questions and click here to register!

iEngage (Judaism & Israel)

The iEngage (Judaism and Israel)  seminar partners with world-class educators from the Shalom Hartman Institute to explore contemporary issues and the State of Israel. Students selected for this seminar will reframe the Israel discussion through values-based conversations, rather than politics or advocacy. This year, we will launch our fellowship with the virtual iEngage Winter Summit, hosted by the Shalom Hartman Institute from January 3rd-8th, and will then continue with approximately five virtual sessions during the spring semester. This seminar is intended for members of the class of 2021, with limited availability for the class of 2022. Please reach out to Navah or Rabbi Hain with any questions, and click here to apply.

Judaism & Justice

Judaism and Justice is a space to explore the intersections between Jewish identity, Jewish values, and current injustices in our communities. Together we will learn about and explore how to act on issues such as racism, classism, disability rights, and climate justice. This fellowship will meet virtually 8 times over the course of the spring semester, and eligible participants will receive a $180 stipend upon completion of the fellowship. No prior Jewish learning or justice activism necessary to participate. Contact Michaela or Navah with any questions, and click here to apply.

Judaism & the Core Curriculum

This fellowship explores the nexus between the Core Curriculum and Jewish thought. By engaging in weekly virtual seminars led by world-renowned educators, fellows will enjoy the most penetrating philosophical and literary works of Western tradition with a new Jewish lens. In addition, participants will create a micro community of Jewish learning and living with new friends that will last throughout their college years. Curated by Rabbi Hain, this year will include incredible scholars and Jewish thinkers. Register now!