JU MAX is an interactive, engaging, and totally online Jewish experience. Log in. Interact with your host and fellow students in real-time, and explore great practical ideas that will add awesomeness to your life. Topics include: the nature of free-will, the intersection of faith and science, the Jewish secrets of love and dating, and how to infuse your day with meaning and purpose.
Tzvi Gluckin. One super-entertaining and creative guy.
Tzvi is a musician, author, and popular teacher, who taught for over eight years on Boston campuses. He served in the Israeli army, holds B.M in Jazz Studies, received his rabbinical ordination in Jerusalem, and is the director Vechulai, an innovative Jewish think tank in Boston.
JU MAX was an engaging and entertaining lecture series that I would strongly recommend, if not for Tzvi's musical antics alone. Loved it!
University of California Santa Cruz
A class filled with relevant topics, huge takeaways, and an incredible teacher!
Michigan State University
JU MAX is unlike any Jewish learning program I have ever taken part in. It was informative, and eye-opening in a very fun, laid back environment.
Pennsylvania State University
The semester is now closed.
Need help? Got questions?
Really? I can earn a free trip to Israel by doing this?
Yes you can. Your time is valuable. It is not unusual to get paid a stipend or to earn a travel grant to research a specific topic or work in a lab. This is similar. And the Israel scholarship is incredible. Depending on the program you choose you earn a travel voucher for an Israel trip that will make your cost either free or as low as $200.
What time do classes start each week?
Just to clarify, I can either choose a either a free trip to Israel or a trip that costs $200?
Can I choose any Israel trip I want or just choose to travel to Israel on my own?
Is acceptance to an Israel program automatic?
How does JU MAX work?
What happens if I miss a session?
I don't get it. Do I watch a video each week? Is the instructor a talking head?
What are the requirements I need to fulfill to earn my Israel trip?
What are the system requirements I need to participate?
What if I don't want my face to be in the virtual classroom?
Is this safe?
Can my friends from other campuses participate?
What will I learn?
Who is the instructor?
I can't go to Israel this winter, how long is the voucher good for?
I already did Birthright, am I still eligible for this scholarship?
I still haven't been on Birthright, will this Israel trip disqualify me?
How do I earn back the $100 fee?
I already participated on an Israel trip or the Maimonides Leadership Fellowship with my rabbi on campus, am I still eligible for JU MAX?
Below is the complete list of trips to Israel. Choose the trip of your choice and your cost is either $200 or FREE depending on the program you choose (plus the $100 deposit).
The following trips combine travel, fun, and some Jewish study. They are the perfect follow-up to a Birthright experience and cost only $200 with your JU MAX Israel travel voucher. Spots are limited, so apply as soon as you are accepted.
The following trips are more study-oriented than the trips listed above and they are FREE with your JU MAX Israel travel voucher. You must participate for at least 3 weeks on one of these programs in order to use your voucher (if you don't have time this summer, save your voucher for the winter break). Many of these programs are yeshiva-style and therefore gender specific, please make sure you check out each program carefully before you apply!*
Unique Opportunity: 2 to 4-month internships available at major Israeli companies through J-Internships. JU Max Israel Voucher covers the cost of your flight plus some program-related expenses, participating in this program costs a total of $900.
Alternatively, you may cash in your voucher to receive a flight subsidy and partial scholarship for one of the following programs:
Scholarship amount will vary depending on the program. You will be responsible to cover the difference. If you are interested in this option, please contact us after you are accepted to Max to learn more.
*Acceptance to an Israel program is not guaranteed and is determined exclusively by the particular program you apply to; each program is unique and has its own set of criteria.
Your Israel trip voucher specifically goes to cover flight and program-related costs.
Depending on the program you are accepted to, you may need to travel to a hub (like New York or LA) on your own. The Israel trip voucher can NOT be used to cover additional flights to a hub airport or any other travel or trip-related costs.
In all cases, even when your trip is 100% subsidized, you will still be charged a $100 processing fee. Click here (same popup as on the main page) to learn how to earn back the $100 fee.
Join JU Max for an amazing 10 weeks - October 3 - December 2 - and earn a massive Israel scholarship. Amazing.
JU MAX meets Monday nights from 9 - 11 PM Eastern Time (except where noted).
Program Intro and Orientation
Topic One: Faith vs. Knowledge: the prerequisites for belief
Topic Two: Judaism 101: monotheism and pleasure – the basics of Jewish thought
Topic One: The Cycle of Time: the Jewish calendar as a tool for growth
Topic Two: Guest Speaker: The Kabbalah of You (understanding the mystical root of your personality)
Topic One: The Jewish View of Love, Relationships, and Sex
Topic Two: Success: It’s hip. It’s multimedia.
Topic One: The Jewish View of Prayer: Do I have to do it? Do I have to do it in Hebrew?
Topic Two: The Kosher Laws: a Jewish party in your stomach
Topic One: The Seven Wonders of Jewish History: understanding the miracle of Jewish survival
Topic Two: Guest Speaker: The 7 Traits of Leadership and Responsibility
Topic One: The Jewish Experience at Mt. Sinai: what happened and why does it matter?
Topic Two: Is the Torah we have today the same as the one we started out with? Plus: The Moon Cycle Code
Topic One: Give Me a Break: Understanding the Shabbos and the essentials of rest
Topic Two: Guest Speaker: Israel!
Topic One: The Chosen People: is it a racist idea? Are the Jews really chosen?
Topic Two: More Multimedia Hipness: Exploring the Harmony between Torah and Science
Topic One: Heavy Duty Thinking: free will – philosophy, implications, and practical applications
Topic Two: Open Forum: send in your questions - no holds barred - and they will get answered (we hope)
Topic One: History of Oral Law: What is it and why does it matter?
Program Wrap-up and Finale
Earning back the $100 deposit is easy and can be done in one of two ways:
Option 1: Participate in an online Aleph Beta Online Course. Review the content weekly with someone over the phone, pass a test, and join an amazing Shabbat program in the New York area (travel subsidies to NY are provided).
You can even earn college credit for your studies (at an additional cost)!
Option 2: Participate in a live study program on your campus that can include either: