Circles of Learning, Understanding & Exploration



Circles of Learning, Understanding and Exploration are opportunities for Jewish students at Queens College to create deeper and more meaningful connections to Jewish Life on campus.

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The Jewish Learning Fellowship: Life’s Big Questions

Thursdays 6:45pm-8:00pm beginning 2/16

JLF is a 10-week experiential, conversational seminar for students looking to deepen their understanding of Jewish life on their own terms. We’re going to ask BIG questions, but we don’t claim to have one “right answer”. JLF is for students that are seeking knowledge but requires no previous knowledge or participation in Jewish life - at all. The ideal candidate is just beginning to explore what Jewish life and Jewish culture means them. Dinner and snacks will be provided at every session. Jenna Citron, Assistant Director and Jonathan Rahmani, Springboard Fellow, will serve as JLF Educators. All C.L.U.E. participants will attend a special C.L.U.E. Shabbaton and Commencement Celebration! Participants who attend all 10 sessions plus CLUE Shabbat are eligible for a $300 stipend.


Creative Arts Cohort

Wednesdays 6:15-7:45pm starting February 15

QC Hillel’s Creative Arts Cohort is an 10-week hands-on workshop series for 15-20 students who seek to explore their creativity and personal connection to Judaism through different forms of visual, performing and literary arts. No artistic background or experience is necessary. Tapas will be served. Ruben Shimonov, Director of Cross-Community Engagement and Education, serves as the educator.


Jewish Women and Leadership

Dates: 2/22, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/19, 5/3 


This session will be a 10-week discussion series that explores women, leadership and Jewish women in leadership. It will be a time to ask questions about women in the workplace (and in college), to explore Jewish texts about women in leadership and a time to talk seriously about what it all means in our ever-changing world. Jenna Citron, Assistant Director, will lead this series. 


What Else? 

The Circles of Exploration and Understand place as much focus on experience and community building as they do on engagement and education. Circles strive to create a great user experience, lasting friendships, deep and meaningful conversations, and community. To reach those goals we developed a list of 7 touch points students will experience.

  1.     Break Bread - eat together
  2.     Feel welcome
  3.     Cultivate new friendships
  4.     Walk away having learned something new
  5.     Experience 1 Shabbat together (Shabbaton with a special clue discount!)  - 2/24 - 2/25
  6.     Participate in a “Siyyum”- end of year celebration and learning opportunity
  7.     Feel more deeply connected to Hillel and Jewish life


CLUE is supported by a generous grant provided by the Men of Reform Judaism's Reform on Campus!

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