All classes take place at UMass Hillel 388 N Pleasant St unless otherwise noted.

TUESDAY

6:00 – 7:30 PM | Jewish Learning Fellowship

with Rabbi Raffi Leicht | Front Lounge

The Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) is a 8 week experiential, conversational seminar for students looking to deepen their understanding of Judaism on their own terms.

WEDNESDAY

8:00 – 9:00 AM | Likutey MoHaRaN: The Writings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

with Rabbi Raffi Leicht | Front Lounge

In this class we’ll be studying the teachings of the chassidic master Rebbe Nachman of Breslov in the original Hebrew (no previous knowledge required). Rebbe Nachman (1772-1810), a great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov, revived the chassidic movement by combining the esoteric secrets of Judaism (Kabbalah) with in-depth Torah scholarship. His teachings and stories have been described as a precursor to post-modern Jewish philosophy.

6:00 – 7:30 PM | Jewish Learning Fellowship

with Rabbi Raffi Leicht | Front Lounge

The Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) is an 8 week experiential, conversational seminar for students looking to deepen their understanding of Judaism on their own terms.

THURSDAY

6:00 – 7:30 PM | Jewish Elevator Pitches

with Rabbi Raffi Leicht | Conference Room

A collaborative writing exercise. What is Shabbos? What is Kosher? Why do we wear a Kippah? What does ____ mean to you? Crafting meaningful answers to common questions

about Judaism that Jewish students on campus are asked by their peers.

FRIDAY

5:00-6:00 PM (January 25 – March 8) | Yoshev uMitzapeh L’Shabbos Kodesh: Practical Halacha, Topics in Jewish Law and Philosophy

with Rabbi Raffi Leicht | Coffee Bar

In this class we explore a wide range of pertinent questions and topics that students have selected themselves. There’s no better way to go into Shabbos.

7:15 PM | Shabbat Dinner

SHABBAT

1:00 – 2:00 PM | Shabbat Lunch

2:00 – 3:00 PM (January 25 – March 8) | Gemara Shiur

with Rabbi Raffi Leicht | Front Lounge

This class begins with the studying of gemara b’chavruta (in pairs) with Hebrew and Aramaic dictionaries on hand to look up words and concepts. Following chavruta we discuss the gemara and go through it as a group. To further strengthen our Hebrew, Aramaic and gemara reading skills we also hold workshops for learning Rashi script.

2:00-3:00 PM (March 30 – May 11) | Practical Halacha, Topics in Jewish Law and Philosophy

with Rabbi Raffi Leicht | Front Lounge

In this class we explore a wide range of pertinent questions and topics that students have selected themselves.

1 Hour Before 3rd Meal | Hitbodedut in the Field

with Rabbi Raffi Leicht | OU-JLIC Home

When the weather is nice, students meet up at the OU-JLIC home and walk to a beautiful field nearby to find their own secluded corner for some Hitbodedut. Hitbodedut refers to an unstructured, spontaneous and individualized form of prayer and meditation.

1 hour Before Shabbat “Ends” | Weekly Eternity in an Hour Seudat Shleesheet (3rd Meal)

OU-JLIC home

The highlight of the week and a tremendous source of personal and communal growth and fulfillment, Seudat Shleesheet with OU-JLIC is filled with great people, delish food, strong niggunim and sweet sweet Torah. Ain’t nothin’ better.