World of Jewish Culture

The World of Jewish Culture is designed for any incoming freshman who is interested in learning about Jewish life and culture, while being introduced to the academic and social expectations of University life. This L-LC is a joint venture between Student Engagement, UAlbany Hillel, and the Judaic Studies Program, and welcome students from all majors and faiths.

View the World of Jewish Culture brochure here!



In the World of Jewish Culture you will live with other incoming freshmen who are interested in learning about UAlbany's vibrant Jewish Community. You can study together, attend social and co-curricular programming together, and have a supportive network of peers right from the start. Friendships form quickly in L-LCs!


The World of Jewish Culture will take some courses together in the fall and spring semesters of freshman year, and attend culturally themed events together.

Fall 2015 Courses
Freshman Seminar: World of Jewish Culture
Judaic Studies 150: Survey of Jewish Civilization

Spring 2016 Courses
Your spring L-LC courses, which you will take together as a community, will be finalized mid-fall. Seats will be reserved for you in each designated L-LC course.

Examples of co-curricular events:

  • Community dinners and festivities for holidays and birthdays
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Networking and leadership events
  • Attend UAlbany spirit events: Big Purple Growl, Homecoming and Clash of the Quads
  • Community service: Challah for Hunger, volunterring at the JCC and interfaith projects
  • Guest speakers


As a member of an L-LC you will have a built in community of friends and colleagues right from the start!

Friends: Study and socialize with fellow L-LC members. Tackle those first-year courses with your friends by forming study groups where you live!

World Ambassadors: Learn the ropes from a peer selected from last year’s most engaged L-LC students. If you remain an active member in your L-LC your freshman year, you could become a World Ambassador your sophomore year!

Community Assistant: Meet weekly with an upperclass/graduate student to plan or attend social, academic, and community service events.

Lead Faculty Member: Get to know a member of the faculty outside of the classroom at weekly lunches in your own dining hall!
World of Jewish Culture Lead Faculty: Professor Rabbi Nomi Manon
Weekly L-LC Lunch: Tuesdays 1:15pm-2:15pm

World Representatives: Leadership opportunities abound in the L-LCs! Earn a spot as a World Representative by being a leader in your L-LC! World Representatives are elected by the L-LC to represent the group at meetings throughout the academic year.

Eligibility: The World of Jewish Life and Culture is open to all majors, and you do not have to be Jewish to be in this L-LC. If you have an interest in culture, history, and/or religion this L-LC may be a great fit for you!

Jewish Culture students at a football game.

This L-LC is a joint venture between Student Engagement, UAlbany Hillel, and the Judaic Studies Program.