Jewish Student Life


UR Hillel encourages students to learn about, travel to, and develop a personal connection with Israel, past and present.

Our spring learning is underway! More cohorts to come.

We actively support student travel to Israel, and are proud to provide two Taglit Birthright-Israel trips a year, one in the winter and one in the summer. These trips are a great way for students to connect to Israel and Judaism in an immersive way. Please contact Joy Getnick to learn more.

UR Hillel is proud to support student advocacy for Israel. We have historically helped send a large contingent of students to the annual AIPAC Policy Conference, and have also had students participate in J Street programs. Each year we have students who study abroad at Israeli universities, or participate in other travel, learning, and internship programs through MASA, JNF, Onward, Birthright Excel, and more. The Rochester Students for Israel group runs Israel-related programming and cultural events, sometimes in partnership with UR Hillel. We also offer opportunities for students to learn about Israel through facilitated conversations and study in safe, pluralistic Jewish space space. Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, is always a festive and exciting way to conclude our year.

Interested in learning Hebrew? Learn more about the offerings through the Center for Jewish Studies, or join the weekly Cafe Ivrit through the Language Center.

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