A group from the Shluchim campus gathered last Monday for the first such safe in-person gathering in many months. But unlike other summits and conferences of this type, there was a very specific goal at hand: onboarding twenty-five new members for Chabad on Campus, JewishU’s innovative and groundbreaking educational program. Full story
A group from the Shluchim campus gathered last Monday for the first such safe in-person gathering in many months. But unlike other summits and conferences of this type, there was a very specific goal at hand: onboarding twenty-five new members for Chabad on Campus, JewishU’s innovative and groundbreaking educational program.
After years of research and commentary from countless Shluchim in the field, JewishU is, indeed, a revolutionary program that can occupy an entire top, as it tackles a yawning hole in the ecosystem of Jewish student life. . Already in its third year after numerous beta and pilot tests with Chabad Houses in the field, it has racked up an impressive track record of success.
It is a challenge that countless Shluchim have faced, and to this day, without a satisfactory answer: How do you make Limud Hatorah a serious and continuing part of a student’s university experience? “
“Hundreds of thousands of students have walked through the doors of the Chabad House over the years, and there really isn’t a systematic, ongoing Jewish education program available, and that’s a serious blind spot,” said the rabbi. Shlomie Chein, vice president of student engagement at Chabad on Campus International and Shliach at the University of S. Cruz.
To address this issue, Chabad on Campus International launched extensive research a few years ago, seeking to uncover the key elements that will produce a professional, educational, accessible, and accessible program to the average student.
And so, JewishU was born.
“The question we asked ourselves is ‘Why?’ Chein said. Why shouldn’t Jewish education measure up to or exceed a student’s standard “higher education”? After all, does the university offer “Science and Spaghetti” or “Chemistry and Chumus?” ” Of course not! We realized it was time to rethink our approach to teaching Torah on campus.
In the words of a recent JewishU participant, “JewishU has been a truly amazing experience for me this semester. The fact that each class only took place once a week made it very easy to fit into a busy schedule at university. After each lesson, you always have something to ponder for the week ahead, giving you the chance to apply your Jewish learning throughout your life. I feel like I have taken a big step forward in my Jewish education thanks to JewishU, and I am leaving the semester with countless new ideas that I can apply to various situations.
“When a student signs up for JewishU, it’s not just about attending another Chabad event,” Chein said. “They enroll in a serious academy of higher education, on par with the academic experience they receive in the university they attend. And as they are immersed in the academy, the learning builds on itself, one course leading to another to create a seamless Jewish learning experience.
For more than 40 Chabad houses that already offer JewishU, the benefits are already visible. As Rabbi Yossy Gordon, CEO of Chabad on Campus International, says: “Just a few years ago, the dream of turning Chabad campus homes into Torah learning academies and having a profound impact on life of Jewish students forever was just a dream. To see so many Shluchim get on board and see the results for themselves is nothing short of amazing, and a true testament to the Rebbe’s vision to take over the world with the limud hatorah.