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.
Jewish Learning Fellowship
The Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) is a 10-week experiential, conversational seminar for students looking to deepen their understanding of Judaism on their own terms. We’re interested in asking big questions: Who am I? What communities am I a part of? What is worth committing myself to, and why? As a part of a national program, JLF at Princeton seeks to create community as well as challenge participants with deep intellectual debate and conversation.
To learn more about JLF, contact Rabbi Ira Dounn.
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:
Rabbi Ariel Fisher and Bina Brody are OU-JLIC Torah educators at the Center for Jewish Life. The Orthodox Union and Hillel have partnered to bring Orthodox rabbinic couples to over 25 college campuses across the world.
Rav Ariel and Bina teach a wide array of classes at the Center for Jewish Life ranging from a weekly Gemara class to classes on Tanach, Chassidut and Halacha. They are also available for one-on-one learning opportunities with students.
One of their most popular classes has been their ‘Lunch and Learn’ class with free Chinese food. Some of the topics they have discussed have included: The Philosophy of Jewish Law, Sfardi Intellectual History, Rabbinic Stories and more.