The Ivy League Jewish Summer Fellowship (ILJSF) began in the 1980’s providing Ivy League University students an opportunity to learn and explore their heritage and history as a Jew. The program is designed as a live’n’learn experience with hands-on learning through classes, workshops and lectures. Students are provided with full room and board and a generous stipend for their studies during the six weeks of the summer. The program is held in the Hudson Valley, NY with both Men and Women’s parallel Divisions.
ILJSF is under the auspices of The National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education (NCFJE). Since its inception by Rabbi Jacob J. Hecht O.B.M. over 30 years ago, the program has seen great success with more than 1000 students who have experienced authentic Torah study and Jewish living.
The curriculum includes lectures on Jewish history, basics of kosher, day-to- day Jewish living, Shabbat, Kabbalah, Talmud, the Holocaust and Jewish outlook on life. The students also have hands-on activities such as Challah baking, Judaica art, visits to a Jewish scribe, attendance of a Jewish wedding and visiting Jewish communities.