JLIC at Umass Amherst

JLIC at Umass Amherst OU's Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus is a joint program with Hillel that helps Orthodox students navigate college and their commitment to Judaism
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UMass isn’t your typical observant community and that’s the way we like it. The Orthodox Union’s Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (OU-JLIC) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was created to help young men and women thrive in a campus environment and help Jewish students observe key aspects of Jewish life, such as Torah study, tefilah (prayer), kashrut, Shabbat, and Chagim (holidays). In partnership with UMass Hillel, the UMass Amherst OU-JLIC Directors, Rabbi Raffi and Ariella Leicht serve as teachers, hosts and role models, learning with students one-on-one, coordinating services, weekly classes and social events, hosting Shabbat and Holiday meals, and building infrastructure for Jewish life on campus. Our OU-JLIC Directors seek to help you balance your commitments to Jewish life and provide avenues for spiritual development and leadership while experiencing college life. To see everything that's happening Fall 2020-Spring 2021, check out: http://www.umasshillel.org/ou-jlic

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It's that time of year..time to sell your Chametz for Passover! Please fill out the form below and return it to Raffi at...
03/16/2021

It's that time of year..time to sell your Chametz for Passover! Please fill out the form below and return it to Raffi at [email protected].

If you have any questions let us know, we'd be happy to help in any way shape or form!!

Happy almost Passover!

TRIVIA NIGHT IS HERE🥳🥳🥳🥳Tonight at 8pm join Degel and OUJLIC for a trivia night hosted by elephino trivia!Come kick back...
03/11/2021

TRIVIA NIGHT IS HERE🥳🥳🥳🥳
Tonight at 8pm join Degel and OUJLIC for a trivia night hosted by elephino trivia!
Come kick back with degel!
Zoom link in comments

Prayer can sometimes come easily or can be extremely challenging to connect to. If Prayer is something you would like to...
03/10/2021

Prayer can sometimes come easily or can be extremely challenging to connect to.

If Prayer is something you would like to connect to 'Prepare my Prayer Course' may be the tool in which to guide you through your prayer journey. Rabbi Yossi Froman and Rabbi Dov Singer are teaching this course to help assist those who are seeking a prayer renewal!

If you are interested in joining this course (in Hebrew, with English subtitles) reach out to Raffi at [email protected]

https://preparemyprayer.teachable.com/?affcode=864325_c-8t6q_y

🥳ITS PURIM THIS WEEK!!🥳Here are the schedule of events! We will be hosting both virtual and in person events (we will ke...
02/23/2021

🥳ITS PURIM THIS WEEK!!🥳
Here are the schedule of events!
We will be hosting both virtual and in person events (we will keep you updated on the ‘in-person’ front, so stay tuned!)
Reach out if you have any questions or don’t see any particular details you need!!

ShaBuddies is here!!If you feel like breaking out of your normal routine to try something new that will reward you with ...
02/19/2021

ShaBuddies is here!!

If you feel like breaking out of your normal routine to try something new that will reward you with a new friend at the end- ShaBuddies is for you!

Here's how it works: Every two weeks to a month you will be connected with a new ShaBuddy, someone you don't know yet. We'll provide you with a list of questions for you to get to know each other and prompts for meaningful conversation!

Before the next pair off, we'll have a group-wide newlywed type of game and the winning ShaBuddies will get prizes. Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeH5kiZREE9ugn-R0d6WlgquiCkeGZO3E9NIldK11s-Q9PBQQ/viewform

Hey UMassers,We know that the new COVID-19 rules presented by the University can take a toll on our already fragile ment...
02/10/2021

Hey UMassers,

We know that the new COVID-19 rules presented by the University can take a toll on our already fragile mental health! We are here for you if you need anything at all.
Raffi- [email protected]
Ariella- [email protected]

Here is a cute puppy to bring a smile to your faces. We love you.

This is our JammmmCome partayy with us and meet the degelites of Degel, The Orthodox Student group on campus!We welcome ...
02/09/2021

This is our Jammmm
Come partayy with us and meet the degelites of Degel, The Orthodox Student group on campus!
We welcome everyone and would love to meet some new faces and see some familiar ones. so lets boogey!
Wed, Feb 10th 8:00pm. We'll see ya there

Calling all UMass Freshmen and Transfer students on campus!UMass Hillel and OU-JLIC are creating pretty epic welcome pac...
02/03/2021

Calling all UMass Freshmen and Transfer students on campus!
UMass Hillel and OU-JLIC are creating pretty epic welcome packages!
So fill out this form and we would love to bring you one!
https://forms.gle/3FhHXzkDCxHsGr9a9

02/01/2021

Happy first day of Classes! You all gonna rock it!

Attention Graduating Seniors at UMass!We got somethin' special planned for you!! Join Raffi for a bit of a senior gather...
01/28/2021

Attention Graduating Seniors at UMass!
We got somethin' special planned for you!!
Join Raffi for a bit of a senior gathering to reflect on your college experiences and delve into some thoughts about post-college life. Sign up below!
https://forms.gle/C5Jui6VqsCWF1CEJ7

12/18/2020
UMass Hillel

UMass Hillel

Already binged everything on Netflix and Hulu? Stuck at home this winter wondering what to do? Change up your winter break by participating in UMass Hillel's WinterFest!

WinterFest is a chance to meet some cool new friends, take part in exciting virtual Jewish learning, and have cozy swag sent straight to your door. UMass Hillel is offering two amazing groups this January, including one just for freshmen. Learn more and register at bit.ly/umass-winterfest

**INCREDIBLE, AMAZING OPPORTUNITY ALERT**Looking for something meaningful to do this winter break? Care about the enviro...
12/10/2020
GrowTorah

**INCREDIBLE, AMAZING OPPORTUNITY ALERT**

Looking for something meaningful to do this winter break? Care about the environment? Wonder what Judaism teaches us about topics like: climate change, animal welfare, environmental racism, pollution, waste, water protection, land conservation? Want to hear from experts in the field and create positive motions for our world?

OU-JLIC at Umass Amherst is absolutely inspired to be partnering with GrowTorah on their inaugural GrowTorah Winter Fellowship for college students and young professionals! This two-week fellowship is part virtual beit midrash part environmental activism. $200 stipend.

For more information and to apply, go here: https://www.growtorah.org/winterfellowship

!!!APPLICATION IS DUE TONIGHT!!!

Growtorah, in partnership with the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative On Campus (OU-JLIC), will lead this 2 week journey for college-age students.

Give the Gift of Life! Swabbing takes just a few minutes but can make all the difference for another person's life.
10/21/2020

Give the Gift of Life! Swabbing takes just a few minutes but can make all the difference for another person's life.

Join us, as we join the Jewish communities around the world, to take the time today to say Tehillim (Psalms https://www....
10/19/2020

Join us, as we join the Jewish communities around the world, to take the time today to say Tehillim (Psalms https://www.sefaria.org/Psalms.1?lang=bi) for the healing of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.

Rabbi Sacks has been instrumental in the development of Modern Judaism and has been a teacher to so many of us through his countless books, classes and online recordings.

If you have the time today, please have in mind Rabbi Sacks- HaRav Yaakov Zvi ben Liba, in your prayers and your learning.

May the merit of our learning and prayers bring Rabbi Sacks a speedy recovery.

Thank you to all those who came out for our Sharon Shocial Distance pizza in the hut! Thank you to Shira Almekies and th...
10/12/2020

Thank you to all those who came out for our Sharon Shocial Distance pizza in the hut!
Thank you to Shira Almekies and the Almekies family for hosting us!
#pizza #sukkot #pizzainthehut #socialdistance #safesix

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10/07/2020

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If you're looking for a way to celebrate Shabbat from home but aren't sure where to start, we've got you covered! Order your very own Shabbox- a FREE Shabbat kit filled with all the goodies you need to host a Shabbat dinner on your very own! Boxes can either be shipped or picked up in the Amherst area. Orders will be processed on a weekly basis, so make sure to order by Tuesday to ensure you'll get yours for next week. Place your order here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZdIsl4zd7cvr3JQ8ihY66qKYh9a0o-Pe-KBbTI8WSDnAHJA/viewform

10/05/2020
JLIC at Umass Amherst

We're going live tonight! Join us on zoom or instagram live to schmooze or talk to us about any and all topics you may have about Judaism. Nothing is off limits! We'll see you in the Sukkah.

A safe zoom space where you can ask Ariella and Raffi
any and all your questions about Judaism!

Join us on zoom the first Monday of every Month at 8:00PM
https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/99170527692

Don't miss a week, add it to your calendar!

Have a Q that you've been thinking about? Submit it here!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdKJ8xqguzRrKHaMO-6JHg02Be_Wh9YeqwtXXIRucpyCqzKnQ/viewform

09/27/2020

Shavua Tov!

We will again be partnering with our friends at UMass Chabad for Yom Kippur services.

Sunday, September 27th

Kol Nidrei - 6:30 pm
Maariv evening service - 7:05 pm

Monday, September 28th

Shacharis morning service - 10 am
Mincha - 4:45 pm
Neilah - following Mincha
Maariv (fast ends) - 7:17 pm

Anyone who has tested positive for Coronavirus, regardless of whether the person does or does not have symptoms, should eat regularly on Yom Kippur. The same holds for a person who appears to be suffering from Corona even though they have not been tested. Any person in isolation due to contact with someone who has been infected with Corona, should eat and drink less than a shiur during Yom Kippur (contact [email protected] for details or any questions).

Hi Friends!We are doing something prettty great with the JCA (Jewish Community of Amherst).We are connecting UMass stude...
09/23/2020
Call for Volunteers!

Hi Friends!
We are doing something prettty great with the JCA (Jewish Community of Amherst).
We are connecting UMass students with members of the JCA who could use some socially distanced company, a phone call, or some help picking up their groceries.
You can participate if you are home or in the Amherst area!
Fil out this form so we can pair you up and help get you started on brightening someone's day!
https://forms.gle/k73wF5QEqaXoxamR9

UMass Hillel, OU-JLIC and the Jewish Community of Amherst are partnering to bring students together with elderly community members! We are looking for students who have some spare time in their week to participate in a socially distance outdoor visit with senior citizens in the Amherst Jewish commun...

09/18/2020

This year UMass OU-JLIC and UMass Chabad are teaming up Rosh HaShanah!

All services will be taking place outdoors and under a tent in front of the Chabad House (30 N Hadley Road Amherst, MA 01002).

All are welcome! Please mask up! Pray it don't spray it.

Friday, September 18:

Rosh Hashanah services - 7:15 pm

Holiday dinner at UMass Chabad (indoors) - 7:45 pm

Shabbat Saturday, September 19:

Rosh Hashanah services - 10:00 am (no shofar)

Holiday meal at UMass Chabad (indoors) - 2:30 pm (approximately)

Rosh Hashanah services 7:30 pm

Holiday dinner at UMass Chabad (indoors) - 8:00 pm

Sunday, September 20:

Rosh Hashanah services - 10:00 am

Shofar - 12 pm (approximately)

Holiday meal at UMass Chabad (indoors) - 3:00 pm

Shofar blowing at UMass Hillel (outdoors) 388 N Pleasant Street - 4:00 pm

Tashlich - leaves Chabad at 6:00 pm

Please text to 413-626-7820 if you are planning on coming.

OU-JLIC and Chabad House wishes you a happy and sweet New Year 5781!

09/09/2020
Friday Dinner Sign up - Fall 2020

Starting Friday September 18, Hillel is very excited to offer to-go boxed Shabbat Dinner meals, prepared by UMass Kosher Dining! All meals include small challah rolls and an 8 oz bottle of kedem grape juice. Thanks to the generosity of donors, these meals are FREE for UMass students.

https://umasshillel.wufoo.com/forms/friday-dinner-sign-up-fall-2020

Deadline for reservation is 5pm Monday of the week you would like a meal.

Pick up is outside Hillel (388 N Pleasant St), and pick up times will vary each week as the time start time of Shabbat changes. We will contact you to inform you of pick up times each week.

Eruv Update~! Big day with the Sheriff of Hampshire County Patrick J. Cahillane who with his support we are able to move...
08/31/2020

Eruv Update~! Big day with the Sheriff of Hampshire County Patrick J. Cahillane who with his support we are able to move forward to the final stages of the Amherst Eruv Project! Thank you, Sheriff Cahillane and Jo-Anne Leahy of the Hampshire Sheriff's Office! #feelingsupported

08/27/2020
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08/27/2020

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We are so excited to be offering the Jewish Learning Fellowship again this Fall 2020! JLF is an 8 week *virtual* conversation seminar for students who want to deepen their understanding of Judaism on their own terms. Each participant will receive a $200 stipend at the end of the class! Head to umasshillel.wufoo.com/forms/zr4hj4k0hyuqs6/ for more information and the application. Applications are open until this Friday, August 28th!

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08/26/2020

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We are so excited to once again be able to celebrate Shabbat with our UMass community! Whether you’re near or far, there’s an opportunity for everyone to be connected. If you’re on campus, we invite you to order a Shabbat kit filled with goodies to celebrate Shabbat from your own home. We will also be having a variety of gatherings, both in person and online. For more information and to RSVP for any of these events, head to bit.ly/828shabbat!

The full schedule is as follows:
Shabbat Box Pickup- 3:00-5:00 p.m. ET at Haigis Mall
Happy Hour at Hillel- 5:00-6:00 p.m. ET Masks required!
Online Gathering- 6:00-6:30 p.m. ET on Zoom
Reform Services- 6:30 p.m. ET on Zoom
Conservative Services- 6:30 p.m. ET on Zoom

There is nothing like learning Torah and discussing life with a group of friends. Really. Sign up here to add more light...
08/21/2020

There is nothing like learning Torah and discussing life with a group of friends. Really. Sign up here to add more light to your semester: https://forms.gle/R75FYKLrTp2PvVng6

Take advantage of these chances to grow meaningfully with your friends!
08/18/2020

Take advantage of these chances to grow meaningfully with your friends!

In this era of physical and social distance, we know that it can be hard to find ways to connect with others. This is why we are so excited to be sharing our upcoming opportunities for cohort experiences this fall! We will be offering several different options of virtual group experiences for a chance to do some learning on various topics, connect with others, and process the world around us. Some of the available options so far will be the Jewish Learning Fellowship, the Israel Learning Fellowship, and Jewish Learning Pods. Not sure which is right for you? Head to http://www.umasshillel.org/cohort-experiences to learn about each option and to register!

OU-JLIC is excited to be presenting a National Advanced Gemara Shiur with Rav Menachem Schrader!What: Masechet Beitsa (f...
08/18/2020

OU-JLIC is excited to be presenting a National Advanced Gemara Shiur with Rav Menachem Schrader!
What: Masechet Beitsa (from the beginning)
When: Sundays and Tuesdays 12-12:40pm EDT (starting Aug 30), some prep required
Who: Women and men on all college campuses (alumni are also welcome!)
Application: http://bit.ly/oujlicgemara
Questions? [email protected]

Address

388 N Pleasant St
Amherst, MA
01002

General information

JLIC is a program of the OU in partnership with Hillel

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(413) 679-1818

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JLIC is an OU program in partnership with Hillel.

OU-JLIC strives to ENGAGE students navigating the university environment while balancing their Jewish life. In addition, OU-JLIC EDUCATES and provides avenues for spiritual development and exploration for Jewish students from varied backgrounds. OU-JLIC presents a positive, sophisticated and welcoming face for Judaism on campus.

We strive to INSPIRE young adults to take ownership and responsibility for their Jewish lives in their communities. We host students for Shabbat meals and Shabbat programming, create social events, learn with students b'Chavruta, and prepare couples for marriage. We are always available to SUPPORT students in all aspects of university and communal life.

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