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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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.
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!
Israel on Campus Coalition
Scarlet Knights for Israel (SKI)
The David Project
Rutgers Birthright (Taglit-Birthright 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.
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
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).
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.