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frequently asked questions

How is JLF different from other programs?

JLF is run by the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life,  a department of Student Affairs at NYU. All of our faculty and staff work for NYU and/or are grad students at NYU. You can get a stipend for participating in JLF, if you like. We are also a pluralistic, non-denominational organization. We do not believe there is “one right way to be Jewish.” Put simply, our goal is to get you to ask “big questions” about being Jewish, not to give you “big answers.” 


What is the best way to reach someone about a question or concern about JLF?

Rabbi Nikki will return your email very promptly, just email her at


What do I have to do to earn the $300 stipend?

To receive the stipend you must

• Attend all ten sessions on time and attentively
• Attend the JLF Shabbat evening experience, indicated on your class calendar
• Attend the JLF Shabbat Siyyum (closing ceremony), indicated on your class calendar


What do I do if I cannot attend a class?

You can email your instructor ASAP detailing which class (title and date) you’ll be missing, and we will make an arrangement for you to make up the class.


Who is eligible to apply for the fellowship?

All undergraduate students attending New York University, the New School, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Pace University, Cooper Union, Fordham University, and the School for Visual Arts. If your school is not listed here, please reach out to Rabbi Nikki


How many fellows are there?

Each seminar will have 20-25 fellows.