University Network Newsletter

University Network of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals

We are pleased to announce the establishment of a University Network,
open to Jewish university students looking for an intellectually
vibrant, compassionate, and inclusive Orthodox Judaism. We ask students
to register online on our website,,
and be sure to check the box indicating "student." Students will
receive free subscriptions to our journal, Conversations, and will also be
able to participate in the University Network online discussion group.

Updates and Offerings for University Network Members

Shalom uvrakha, and all good wishes.

Here are a few items of interest for members of the University Network of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals:

1.  Devora Chait, our Campus Fellow at Queens College, has been involved in organizing a rally on behalf of the Uyghur Muslims in China. She wrote the following paragraph, and hopes that you will attend if you are able to do so.

University Network News

Shalom uvrakha,

I hope your academic year has been going well.

We are now recruiting Campus Fellows for the coming academic year. Campus Fellows receive a stipend and expense money and are obligated to arrange two programs per semester that focus on issues relating to modern Orthodoxy, Torah study, religious life etc. Rabbi Hayyim Angel serves as Director of our Campus Fellows Program. For more information and an application, please see

Where Are Our Teachers?

Shalom uvrakha, and best wishes to all members of our University Network. I'm including in this emailing an article by Rachel Delia Benaim, reflecting on her frustrations with contemporary Modern Orthodox rabbinic leadership. It raises important issues, and I invite you to share your thoughts by emailing [email protected]  


Where are our teachers?

BY Rachel Delia Benaim


Special Offer to University Network Members

Shalom uvrakha,

I hope your academic year is going well.

Thanks to the generosity of members of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals, we are offering the following books to members of the University Network at no charge. If you'd like any or all of them, please email me your choice/s, your mailing address, the name of the University at which you are a student. Please send your request to [email protected]

Shana Tova: Updates; Special offer

Shalom uvrakha, and best wishes for the New Year. As the academic year gets underway, please let us know if you've changed your mailing address since last year. We want to be sure that you are receiving our journal, Conversations, as well as other periodic mailings/publications that we send to members of the Universityl Network.

SPECIAL OFFER: The Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals offers members of the University Network the following publications, at no cost to you. Please email [email protected] and let me know which title/s you'd like, as well as the address to which the package should be mailed.
1. The Koren Pirkei Avot, with commentary by Rabbi Marc D. Angel

University Network and Campus Fellows Update

Shalom uvrakha, Rabbi Daniel Braune-Friedman heads our Campus Fellows program, and has prepared this short report:

The Jewish Ideas Campus Fellowship Spring Semester has begun! We are happy to welcome three new fellows joining us this month. From New York University fellow Danielle Panitch, from University of Texas Elan Kogutt and from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, Eli Yoggev. Each brings a unique brand of Modern Orthodoxy and we wish them success in their important work.