Skip the Small Talk

Skip The Small Talk (STST) is a collection of ongoing discussion groups for Jewish students at Maryland. Maryland Hillel is a pluralistic, non-denominational organization, and so is STST. That means that we don’t believe that there is just “one right way to be Jewish.” Our goal is to give you space to explore how you want to be Jewish, supported and encouraged by community, alongside delicious snacks and awesome people. Put simply, we spend our time asking big questions, going deep into interesting topics, and eating and exploring. Plus, completion of a semester-long series comes with a $250 stipend towards the future Jewish experience of your choice!

This semester, we’re offering five amazing STST cohorts. Check them out below! If you have any questions, or aren’t sure which cohort is right for you, reach out to our STST Coordinator, Annie!

4-Week Series:

Israel Discussion Club with Sapir (4 weeks, Tuesday evenings)
As home to half of the world’s Jews, there’s a lot to explore about Israeli society, culture, history, and politics. Unpack the Holy Land and get to know Israel over dinner and snacks.
Dates: Feb 18, Feb 25, Mar 3, Mar 10 + Shabbat, Apr 3

What’s Cooking? With Noa (4 weeks, Wednesday evenings)
Food and Jews have a longstanding and beautiful relationship. In this dinner series, you will explore the art of deliciously crafted meals, Shabbat, ritual, Israel and more. Get ready to set out on journey through your taste buds, cooking different foods from Challah and Matzo ball soup to Israeli Salad and latkes.
Dates: Feb 19, Feb 26, Mar 4, Mar 11 + Shabbat, Apr 3

Greek Life Lunch Bunch: Judaism on Screen with Maya and Steph (4 weeks, weekdays TBD)
Enjoy 4 weeks of Jewish exploration through TV, movies, wellness, and food. For every 10 students who sign up, your House will have the opportunity to earn a catered Shabbat dinner.
Dates: TBD

10-Week Series (including $250 stipend!):

Jewish Adulting 101: DIY Judaism with Annie (10 weeks, Thursday evenings)
How do you make a temporary home feel permanent? Why do Jews disagree on everything? How do you invent your own Shabbat practice? Enjoy lively discussion, discover the weird and amazing in Jewish history, and develop your ability to reinterpret our tradition each week over dinner.
Dates: Thursdays March 5 through May 7 + Shabbat, Apr 3

Leadership Development Cohort with Rabbi Ari (10 weeks, times TBD)
Balancing academic goals, career aspirations, and personal life is hard enough without also searching for deep meaning and asking big questions. But what’s the point otherwise? Join Rabbi Ari and other campus leaders for this exciting and driven dinner series.
Dates: Mondays, Feb 24 through Apr 27 + Shabbat, Apr 3

All cohorts will meet on Friday, April 3 for an amazing JLF Shabbat dinner at Stamp.

Apply now for your cohort of choice. We’ll be in touch about next steps once we receive your application. Questions? Email our STST Coordinator, Annie!