Rutgers Hillel is a thriving, dynamic, diverse Jewish community dedicated to exploring and celebrating Judaism and everything it means to be Jewish.
There isn’t one specific type of Hillel student. We are as varied as the Jewish people. We are religious and non-religious. We are liberal and conservative. We are artists and scholars. We are social activists and party animals (sometimes both). We are everything in between and beyond. We are different, but we are all Jewish.
Take a few minutes and explore our website. We are here to help you find your place in the Jewish community, and what being Jewish can mean for you.
Rutgers University is home to an estimated 6,400 Jewish undergraduate students, the largest Jewish undergraduate population in the country – depending on what UFlorida is claiming these days 😉 .
Rutgers Hillel is extraordinary in terms of its size, diversity and quality of programming. Our Hillel is a big, huge tent, spanning the full breadth of Jewish life, and also supports multiple student groups. Each sub-group provides opportunities for students to become involved as leaders, driving the programming and decision-making forward for their group and community. Through Hillel students build leadership, engagement, and organizing skills that benefit them on campus, in finding employment, and in life long after they graduate.
Hillel provides the opportunity for students to explore their Jewish identity and what it means to them, be part of Rutgers overall Jewish community, and also find a place within it 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 socail events, concerts, lectures, films, classes, community service, religious services, Israel activities, discussion groups, free Shabbat dinners, holiday celebrations, 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, play pool or Wii, 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 student centers, residence halls, on the Rutgers buses, 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. Hillel is what you make it.