Our vision is to provide every Jewish student at Rutgers University a sense of people, place and pride.
Rutgers University is home to 6,400 Jewish undergraduate students. When one thinks about Rutgers Hillel, two defining characteristics that come to mind are community and leadership. So too are they defining characteristics of our Hillel and what we provide for Jewish students on campus.
Rutgers Hillel is unparalleled in terms of its size, diversity and quality of programming. We have one of the largest Jewish undergraduate populations in the country. Our Hillel supports multiple student groups, spanning the full breadth of Jewish life, as well as the Hillel student organization. Each sub-group provides opportunities for students to become involved as leaders, driving the programming and decision-making forward for their group and community. Students build leadership, engagement, and community-organizing skills through our Hillel that benefit them in their roles on campus, in finding employment, and in life long after they graduate.
Each group also provides the opportunity for students to access a community that meets their individual needs. Students can find opportunities to explore their identities and interests in a safe, supportive, fun and nurturing environment. Our programming covers social, political, religious, cultural and educational areas – all intended to help students access Jewish life and community on their own terms. We offer concerts, lectures, films, classes, community service, religious services, Israel activities, discussion groups, dialogue, free Shabbat dinners, and a full range of Shabbat activities. We also take students to Israel on Taglit-Birthright Israel every winter and summer.
You can come to Hillel to hang out, catch a movie, eat delicious meals, study, hold a group meeting or learn some Torah. But Hillel is not just confined to our building. You can experience Hillel in coffee shops, in residence halls, on the Rutgers busses, in your own home, or in Israel. Drop in or contact us to learn more about how to get connected. Or come to us with a new idea we can help you grow for your community. Hillel is what you make it.