Jewish Learning

Princeton is known for intellectual rigor and the CJL is known for its national award winning Jewish educational programs.

What's different about education at the CJL?  It's not just about ideas, it's about living a meaningful life, developing relationships and contributing to the world at large. It's where the personal, spiritual, ethical and intellectual meet in a way that is meant to challenge and inspire. It's not about gaining knowledge; it's about gaining wisdom.

We have a team of seven educators on staff, including three rabbis from the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox denominations. They are dedicated to providing diverse educational opportunities to all Jewish students on campus such as one-on-one learning sessions, weekly lunch and learn programs, and special Shabbat and holiday study. In addition to this wonderful team, the CJL actively promotes informal peer-led learning through programs such as SNL (Sunday Night Learning) and TNT (Thursday Night Torah and Pizza), along with special lectures and guest scholars-in-residence.

Fellowships

One of the centerpieces of Jewish learning at the CJL is our Fellowships. Our Fellowships give you the opportunity to immerse yourself deeply in a topic you find relevant and meaningful to your life. In a CJL Fellowship, your life experience and your unique perspective is in conversation with other students and with thousands of years of Jewish tradition. You will discover that whatever you are passionate about, in your academic studies or in your leadership activities, has a connection to Jewish teachings.

Some of our recent Fellowships include:

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JLIC

Rabbi Ariel Fisher and Bina Brody are educators at the Center for Jewish Life under the auspices of the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC), a partnership between Hillel and the Orthodox Union that is active on over twenty college campuses across North America.The mission of JLIC is threefold:

  • To enable, encourage, and advance the Torah education and commitment of Orthodox students at secular universities.

  • To provide avenues to spiritual development and exploration for Jewish students from all backgrounds.

  • To strengthen Orthodox communities on campus in a manner that also encourages openness and mutual respect to all Jews and Jewish communities on campus.