Jewish Cultural Studies Program

Jewish Cultural Studies

GA: Sara Lynch, 3L at Penn Law

Program Overview

The JCS Program connects residents to academic programming, facilitates interfaith dialogue, and creates new opportunities for residents to learn more about Jewish culture while building both a floor and a house community.   

Past JCS events have included Shabbat celebrations and a challah making night. Residents regularly participate in prayer services as a community, and JCS has a strong relationship with Hillel.

JCS also offers students the chance to shape their Residential Program experience by taking on leadership roles and planning events for the floor and the House.

Program Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of Jewish Culture in order to appreciate history and tradition
  • Encourage dialogue about Jewish Culture in order to consider different viewpoints
  • Create opportunities for members of the non-Jewish community to experience and learn about Jewish Culture
  • Study Jewish Culture in a way that supplements one’s curricular education at Penn
  • Develop relationships and network
  • Work collectively toward a common goal (in a meaningful way)
  • Identify ways in which he/she contributed to building a floor, an arts, and a House community

Expectations and Participation

As part of your involvement in the Jewish Cultural Studies Program, there are several basic requirements. These expectations are the minimum requirements, and your GA will evaluate your participation in the program mid-year.  If your participation is deemed unsatisfactory, you will need to meet with the House Dean and possibly be required to relocate to another floor/House.

1. Administrative Duties.

a. These include attending the opening Res Program meeting as well as electing a floor steering board. Additional meetings will occasionally be called during the term.                           

 2. Floor Activities.

a. Attend or plan at least three floor theme events per semester.
b. Participate in the Res Program Showcase.
c. Participate in the End-of-Year Res Program Event 

 3. House Activities.

a. You should attend at least one Rodin 24 faculty lecture series per semester.
b. You should attend at least one Res Program House Event per semester.


Please click here to learn how to apply. The Residential Program GAs and Rodin Senior Staff will review all applications. If additional information is needed by the committee, your suite / apartment will be contacted for a brief in-person interview.