Graduate Student Life

With 1,000+ Jewish graduate students at Rutgers, there is a thriving young, Jewish community around New Brunswick. Each group provides different opportunities to meet other Jewish graduate students or young adults in a comfortable setting.

Rutgers Hillel is committed to providing a pluralistic, comfortable space for graduate students to spend time with one another. We provide student-run graduate student Shabbat dinners and Happy Hours about once a month, in addition to other programs.

For more information, check out our Facebook page. or contact us.

The Oneg Group of Highland Park

We are a group of young Jewish professionals and graduate students. Our goal is to create a warm, welcoming environment for young Jews of all denominations and observance levels in the greater Highland Park NJ area.

Once a month we hold a free B.Y.O.B. Friday night Oneg (Shabbat party) where you can come after dinner to hangout with friends, meet new ones, enjoy OU parve desserts, and have a few drinks.

We will also be organizing fun events like bowling nights, movie nights, game nights, beer and wine tastings, and trips to comedy clubs and sporting events.

For more information, join the Facebook Group.

The Jewish Medical Society

The Jewish Medical Society (JMS) wishes to provide an opportunity for Jewish medical students to further explore Judaism through lectures, holiday outreach programs, social programs, medical forums, and religious events. In the coming year, we hope to build on the  progress we have made in the past year. We look forward to holding a series of Kabbalah classes, sponsoring holiday outreach programs, hosting Shabbat dinners, having holiday parties, and bringing in a specialist on the topic of Jewish medical ethics.

For more information, contact Aviv Alter at asa109@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Jersey Tribe

Jersey Tribe provides meaningful social, volunteer and philanthropic opportunities for young Jewish adults in their 20s and 30s across New Jersey.  Our members have diverse Jewish backgrounds, come from towns across Northern and Central New Jersey and are a mix of singles, couples and marrieds.

We typically offer two to three events per month and we welcome suggestions and help with activities and nonprofit partners.  If you’re tired of racing back to the train after Jewish events in the City, done with defending the Garden State and want to make new friends – then Jersey Tribe is for you!

Check out our website or Like us on Facebook.

Jewish Greek Life

Greek life has existed at Rutgers since 1845, when the University was a men’s only school.

Since the time when the school went co-ed in the 1980s, it has grown to include over 20 fraternities and 8 sororities.

For a complete listing of all Fraternities and Sororities, visit the Rutgers Office of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs.

For more information, check out our Facebook page, or contact us atofsa@echo.rutgers.edu


Jewish-based Fraternities

Sigma Alpha Mu Facebook

Zeta Beta Tau Facebook

Alpha Epsilon Pi Facebook

Jewish-based Sororities

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi Facebook

Jewish Allies and Queers

JAQs is a student run group that focuses on the intersectionality of Jewish, Queer, Trans, Ally identities and the challenges that can arise. All are welcome to attend meetings and events regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religious/spiritual affiliation or no religious/spiritual affiliation, ethnic or racial background, age, or ability.
Check out our facebook page here!

Student Groups

AIPAC
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is a pro-Israel lobbying group which provides volunteer training and resources for college-age Jewish individuals. AIPAC holds a policy conference in Washington every year with thousands of student activists pushing for pro-Israel ideals and legislation.
Student opportunities: Covered ticket and travel to AIPAC Policy Conference
C.A.M.E.R.A.
The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, abbreviated as CAMERA, is an organization dedicated to ensuring the proper and unbiased reporting on Middle East events by the United States and world media. CAMERA provides assistance to individuals on campus who feel there is a strong anti-Israel bias in their campus newspapers, speakers brought to campus, or campus events. CAMERA provides students opportunities and resources to plan proIsrael events, get funding for pro-Israel student groups, and combat distortion of Middle East events on their campuses.
Student opportunities: Paid CAMERA Fellowship
Israel on Campus Coalition
The Israel on Campus Coalition is not one organization, but rather a network of many different organizations that are dedicated to strengthening Israel’s image and the pro-Israel movement on college campuses. They offer fellowships, grants, internships, and support to help get a pro-Israel movement started on your campus. Israel on Campus Coalition provides training and consulting services to campus professionals and helps to strategize how to best get pro-Israel messages out to the student body.
Student opportunities: Student Fellowship and program grants.
TAMID
Tamid is a nonprofit organization for college students looking to expand their networks and professional skills through interactions with the Israeli economy. We offer students an opportunity to engage with Israel in a group with NO political or religious affiliations. We introduce the next generation of entrepreneurs and professionals to Israel through a customized education program. We then apply this new knowledge through hands on consulting with Israeli startups, and comprehensive investment research. We leverage our partnership with Seeking Alpha to develop strong equity research skills through student led investment fund competition. Each summer, TAMID chapters are given the chance to send top students to our fellowship program in Israel for an 8-week summer internship. 
Student opportunities: Internships and a covered trip to Israel, volunteer leadership positions. 
Scarlet Knights for Israel (SKI)
Scarlet Knights for Israel is a politically based organization, advocating to strengthen support on campus for the U.S.-Israel alliance. We hope to gain support through simple conversations and events. We hope to inspire and be inspired by student leaders and those with a commitment to the State of Israel’s right to exist.
Student opportunities: Volunteer leadership positions
The David Project
The David Project is an Israel education initiative which seeks to engage college students in constructive conversations about Israel. Their mission is to “shape the campus discussion on Israel” by establishing relationships between pro-Israel college students and their peers. They have a team of “campus coordinators” who work with students and professionals on campus, and hold events like seminars on Israeli history and culture, and advocacy and activism workshops. The David Project is a great way to get involved in Jewish advocacy and help educate your peers on important issues.
Student opportunities: Paid David Project Internship and covered trip Israel.
Rutgers Birthright (Taglit-Birthright Israel)
Birthright is a non-for-profit educational organization that sponsors a free ten-day heritage trip to Israel for young adults of Jewish Heritage, ages 18-26.
Student opportunities: Covered trip Israel and paid Internship.
Hasbara Fellowships
Hasbara Fellowships is the largest and most comprehensive Israel education and activism program for North American university students. Founded in 2001, Hasbara Fellowships was the first formal program for students battling overwhelming anti-Israel propaganda on their campuses in the wake of the second Palestinian intifada. Fifteen years later, Hasbara Fellowships remains the largest program of this type. Hasbara Fellowships uniquely takes hundreds of students to Israel on a #HasbaraIsrael program for 16-days of pro-Israel education.
Student opportunities: Internships and a covered trip to Israel.
ZOA Campus
ZOA organizes college students to combat Arab propaganda on campuses from coast to coast and leads the Student Leadership Mission to Israel twice a year, preparing the Zionist activist leadership of the future.
Student opportunities: Internships, covered trip to Israel and covered ticket to the ZOA Gala.
StandWithUs
StandWithUs Emerson Fellowship is a prestigious one-year fellowship program that recruits, trains, educates, and inspires pro-Israel college students to become an elite cadre of leaders on college campuses across North America. StandWithUs Emerson Fellows form a network of trained pro-Israel student leaders, chosen from over 40 campuses, who utilize their skills and energy to drive and inspire their peers to run effective pro-Israel events and bring Israel’s message to their campuses. Among their program responsibilities, fellows hold leadership positions within pro-Israel student groups, run four to six programs on their campuses throughout the year, write articles for local and campus media outlets, and attend two training seminars in Los Angeles, CA. Upon completion of the program, fellows receive a stipend and the chance to win an amazing internship at the StandWithUs Jerusalem office.
Student opportunities: Volunteer leadership positions, covered ticket and travel to SWU training seminars, and program grants.
Onward Israel

Onward offers a competitive and attractive venue for young people seeking such experiences at affordable prices, and for time periods ranging from six to ten weeks. While meeting the individual needs of the participants and allowing them to advance their resumes, Onward Israel programs will also feature inspiring educational modules, with special attention dedicated to activism opportunities within local communities and institutions after program completion and to the development of a deeper understanding of Israel and enhanced Jewish identity and commitment.

Student opportunities: Highly subsidized 10 week Internships in Israel

Hillel Israel Leadership Initiative trip to Israel

HILI is the first trip allowing primarily non-Jewish (with the exception of a few Jewish) student leaders to visit Israel and acquire information on both narratives at the scene of the controversy. The Hillel Israel Leadership Initiative trip serves as a Birthright trip of sorts for non-Jewish students, but with an added political angle.

Student opportunities: Covered trip to Israel.
IAC Mishelanu
Mishelanu is a pro-Israel campus program that fosters leaders and provides a home for Israeli-American students. These students are able to explore and strengthen their Israeli-American & Jewish identity through culture, language, heritage, and a strong connection to Israel. A nationwide network of college students from 96 campuses actively develops leadership and entrepreneurship skills through our accelerator, fellowship and mentorship programs to enrich students’ college and professional careers.
Student opportunities: Volunteer leadership positions, covered ticket and travel to IAC Mishelanu Conference.
CUFI on Campus

CUFI is a national initiative of Christians United for Israel that was founded in 2007.  As anti-Semitic activity on American college campuses has steadily increased, CUFI recognizes that Christian students have a responsibility to speak up on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people. Our Field Organizers travel the country actively developing student leaders to ensure they have the skills, resources, and guidance they need to do this successfully on their campuses.Students form official CUFI on Campus chapters and hold educational and inspiring events to raise awareness of Israel among fellow students, faculty, and community members.

Student opportunities: Volunteer leadership positions

Masa Israel Journey

Masa is the leader in immersive international experiences in Israel for young adults (18-30). Our diverse portfolio of study abroad, internship, service learning, or Jewish studies programs help you grow—as a person, a professional, and a leader— while also developing a robust global professional network. Since its founding in 2004 by the Prime Minister’s Office of the Government of Israel, together with The Jewish Agency for Israel, over 120,000 young people from more than 60 countries have participated in Masa Israel programs.

Student opportunities: Highly subsidized long-term internships, volunteer, and educational programs in Israel.

Ezra Schwartz Memorial FIT 5K Run to Support Israel on Campus
This annual event raises funds for the Rutgers Hillel Center for Israel Engagement (RHCIE) — The first permanent pro-Israel center at any Hillel in America. RHCIE is a model of excellence in Israel engagement, education, and advocacy on campus, and is driven by a core belief that a positive connection to Israel is essential for a strong, healthy Jewish identity.

Student opportunities: Volunteer and leadership opportunities.

Talk Israel Retreat

The Talk Israel Retreat is an all expense paid weekend getaway featuring dynamic speakers, engaging elective sessions, and powerful advocacy workshops. Throughout the retreat, you’ll have the opportunity to participate and engage in interesting electives and sessions.

Student opportunities: Covered ticket and travel to Talk Israel Retreat

Volunteers for Israel (VFI)

VFI partners with the Israeli organization Sar-El to process and prepare Americans to volunteer on Israel Defense Forces (IDF) supply/logistics bases. Sar-El is an acronym for the Hebrew words Sherut L’Yisrael (Service to Israel).

Student opportunities: Israel experience.
JNF Campus Fellows Program

The JNF Campus Fellows program trains mentors and supports pro-Israel students from across the country that will facilitate JNF programs in their campus communities. Our Fellows play a crucial role in recruiting friends and fellow students to participate in Alternative Break, Caravan for Democracy and JNF College Summit. Fellows promote Israel as a country working to make the world a better place through Positively Israel and Tu BiShvat programming. JNF Campus Fellows also learn the important skill of fundraising for JNF projects that benefit the land and people of Israel.

Student opportunities: Paid Fellowship and a highly subsidized trip to Israel.
Livnot U'Lehibanot
Livnot offers an integrated Israel experience of volunteering, hiking, and community building that allows participants to explore themselves and connections to their Jewish roots and heritage. Livnot U’Lehibanot (Hebrew for “To Build and Be Built”) has been providing short term Israel programs for young Jewish adults and enhancing Israel and Diaspora communities for 35 years with over 7,000 alumni and 25,000 volunteers.
Student opportunities: Israel experience.