Hillel at the University of Rochester

Jewish life at the University of Rochester

Hillel is proud to be the catalyst for vibrant, pluralistic, inclusive Jewish life at the University of Rochester. We embrace the core Jewish value of hachnasat orchim (welcoming all), with great spirit and energy. We connect students with one another, and with Jewish culture and traditions through religious life and celebrations, learning, civic engagement and social action, Israel, community and social connections, and leadership programs. Our goal is to foster an environment in which every Jewish student feels empowered to meaningfully engage with Judaism and Jewish living while on campus, and in an enduring way long after.

UR Hillel provides a welcoming, safe space for our students to explore Judaism and Jewish practice, whether they are looking to build on existing knowledge, or connect with their Jewish heritage for the first time. We are here to guide and support students on their Jewish journeys – in personal practice, and in crafting a meaningful home in both the Jewish and global communities.

Jewish life on campus reflects the great diversity of our students’ lives. The needs of our students and families are constantly evolving, and as such, so is UR Hillel. Please never hesitate to reach out to our team to share your ideas. We are here for you and value your partnership and support.

Having Pop-Up Shabbat has been an amazing way to meet and become friends with new Jewish students at Hillel and remain connected to old friends. Being online for classes has definitely been isolating at times, so having Hillel every Friday night and getting to see my friends has been a highlight of my week!
Jenny J., Class of 2023

Our Staff

Meet the amazing staff and our wonderful Board of Directors, they are pretty swell!

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There are so many great opportunities at Hillel. Take a peak and find the one that is right for you!

Did you hear? Hillel at U of R is getting our very own building! The Greenbaum Center for Jewish life will be the epicenter of on-campus Jewish life.
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