Spiritual Life : Jewish Learning & Classes
Jewish Learning Fellowship
The Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) is a 10-week seminar that meets on Monday nights at the Bronfman Center. Each semester we offer two seminars. One is for freshman only, and the other for upper-classmen. The fellowship is open to 25 students per seminar who submit applications and complete an interview. We are looking for students who are intellectually curious and willing to explore ideas in a Jewish communal context. Learn more and apply here.
The Fellowship consists of six tracks, all of which are open to undergrads AND grads from NYU and all different schools. There is no homework! All you need to do is be on time and eager to learn. Free dinner, 300 dollars, and learning about your heritage - what more can you ask for!?!
Selection is based on an applicant's expressed desire to benefit personally and Jewishly from the program. We do not discriminate by race, gender, or any other factors. Interested? Email Rabbi Dan Smokler or check out the JLF website at www.jewishlearningfellowship.com to research and apply!
Meet an Educator
The Bronfman Center Staff includes a diverse group of Rabbis and educators from all different denominations! Want to meet up with a teacher to learn about Judaism one-on-one? Feel free to email one.
Rabbi Dan Smokler: Senior Jewish Educator
Rabbi Yehuda Sarna
Rabbi Gideon Black: JLIC Rabbi
Aliza Black: Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC)
The Bronfman Center hosts several different weekly classes, including a class on Gemorah, as well as M.E.A.T. – Meat, Eat, and Torah! M.E.A.T. provides students with the unique opportunity to participate in a weekly learning program that offers up to 6 different classes simultaneously, as well as free dinner!
Mishmar Classes are Thursday nights from 8 to 10. Contact Rabbi Gideon Black for more information.
M.E.A.T. Classes are Tuesday nights from 6:15 to 8:15. Contact Rabbi Gideon Black for more information.
Special lectures attract between 100-500 students and can address a wide array of topics, from Israel to social justice, from politics to arts and culture. In Fall 2010, we hosted or co-sponsored:
• John Ging, UNRWA Director of Operations. See jewishweek article
• Rabbi Ethan Tucker, Mechon Hadar
• A panel discussion on Sacred Space and Sukkah City at the YU Museum with Professor Lawrence Schiffman, Rabbi JJ Schachter, and Dr. Jill Katz. See article in the jewishweek.
• Peter Beinart, former editor of the New Republic
• Altneuland: The Israeli Queer Cineman Festival.
• Ruth Messinger speaking on Darfur and what we can do.
NYU Jewish Academic Resources
Taub Center For Israel Studies
The Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies
Tikvah Center for Law and Jewish Civilization
Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner
Wagner Dual Degree Program in Nonprofit Management (MPA) and Judaic Studies (MA)
NYU Steinhardt - Education and Jewish Studies (MA in Education and Jewish Studies, MA in Education and Jewish Studies/MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies in the Graduate School of Arts and Science, PhD in Education and Jewish Studies)
Bronfman Center 2nd Floor Library
The second floor library, also known as the Beit Midrash, with its countless books and quiet atmosphere, provides the perfect place for students to study and greatly enhance their Torah learning at NYU.