The OU-Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) Program

A former OU-JLIC Rabbi, Rabbi Yaakov Taubes, has published halachic guidelines

JLIC is a project of the Orthodox Union and Hillel. JLIC educators are positioned on campuses in order to provide avenues to spiritual development and exploration for Jewish students from varied backgrounds and to present a positive, sophisticated and welcoming faces for Orthodox Judaism on campus.

The JLIC educators dedicate themselves towards enabling, encouraging and advancing the Torah education, observance and life of Orthodox college students on campus.

They do this through formal and informal teaching, developing informal relationships with students, and being a presence on campus to enable growth and learning experiences.

The Orthodox Community at Penn is privileged to have Rabbi Joshua Klein and Sara Klein living on-campus to fulfill this role.

Rabbi Joshua and Sara are thrilled to join the Penn and OU-JLIC family! They can't wait to learn with, host, and get to know the amazing Penn community. Their three adorable children, Benyamin (4.5 years old), Shoshana (2.5 years old), and Eitan (5 months old), also cannot wait to meet the students and are so excited about this new adventure!

Rabbi Joshua Klein, is originally from Concord, California. He received his bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University. After graduation, he spent time traveling around Eastern Europe to follow his passion for learning about the Holocaust. Seeing these sites was a transformational experience. This trip ultimately led him to Israel, where he delved into the Jewish culture, learned Hebrew, and spent one year volunteering on a program called Otzma. Joshua loved Israel so much he needed to go back! He earned a master's degree in Jewish Civilization from Hebrew University and then studied for two more years at Yeshivat HaMivtar in Efrat. Joshua then made his way to the east coast to study at Yeshiva University, earning a master's degree in Jewish Philosophy and his Semikha from RIETS. He spent three summers at Camp Yavneh, in New Hampshire, as an educator and "Rosh Sport." During his time at YU, he was an OU-JLIC Intern at the University of Maryland, where he saw firsthand the amazing work and programming of JLIC! Prior to this exciting move to Philly, Joshua worked at the Manhattan Jewish Experience as a Rabbi and Director of Community Engagement for young Jewish professionals in New York City.

Sara Klein grew up in Lower Merion, PA, just a short drive from Penn's campus, and loved going to basketball games at the Palestra with her family. Penn has been part of her family since she was born, having two grandparents and an older sister as alumni. Sara went to Penn as well, majored in Psychology, was a two-time captain of the women's tennis team, and a member of Sigma Delta Tau sorority. One of the highlights of her college years was playing tennis in the 2005 Maccabiah Games in Israel, which kindled her love for Israel and her Jewish growth. After serving as a college tennis coach for six years (three years at Penn and three years at Columbia), Sara earned her master's degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in Organizational Psychology, and studied to be a health coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she also worked as the head of the human resources department. It was during this time that she went back to Israel many times, first with Birthright, then with the Jewish Enrichment Center (JEC), the Manhattan Jewish Experience (MJE), and as a Madricha on two Birthright trips. Sara learned with many of the fantastic rabbis and rebbetzins at the JEC and MJE and completed MJE's year-long fellowship program in Jewish studies.