UD Hillel

The University of Delaware Hillel Kristol Center for Jewish Life is the focal point of Jewish student life on campus. With 2,000 Jewish students on campus - 12% of the undergraduate population - UD Hillel works hard to pave the way for students to have meaningful Jewish experiences. We believe that we are building the Jewish future, one student at a time.

Our mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. We provide students with opportunities for leadership, Jewish living and learning, and service.

Read about some of our highlight programs:

Over 145 students are engaged with Hillel through internships and leadership positions. From students who work as our graphic design interns to Hotel Restaurant Institutional Management students who make Shabbat dinner each week, all of our leaders play an important role. The leaders of our 6 Jewish student groups plan programs to connect with students interested in anything from Israel advocacy, singing, community service, holiday programming, and more. The Leadership Education And Development (LEAD) program connects our community of student leaders and provides them with opportunities to grow as Jewish leaders through a monthly dinner-speaker series and an annual leadership retreat. We also provide our students with opportunities to attend professional Jewish conferences around the US and across the globe.

Hillel invests in training a select cohort of 7 students to engage uninvolved Jewish students on campus. Our engagement interns connect to students in their focus population (Greek life, freshmen, Birthright participants, etc.) and create programs that take place at their apartment, residence hall lounge or anywhere on campus to help them engage with Jewish life. Our interns build authentic relationships, create new Jewish experiences, and expand communities all while imparting sophisticated and relevant Jewish content.

Hillel runs Alternative Spring/Winter Break trips that bring students to new Jewish communities for a meaningful week of community service and experiential learning. In the past few years, students have served communities in cities like Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, New Orleans and countries as unique as Uruguay and Ukraine. Participants are challenged to see and understand difficult social issues such as poverty and literacy while exploring the connection between Judaism and social justice.

About 50 upperclassmen Jewish leaders help us welcome our incoming Jewish freshmen class each year for Freshmen Fest, our highlight program. Freshmen Fest allows new Jewish students to be introduced to Jewish life on campus from the very start of their college careers. Participants quickly build a community of Jewish friends that help them feel right at home at college and at Hillel.

Every summer and winter, UD Hillel takes students on an unforgettable (and free) 10-day trip to Israel to experience the history, culture, food and music of the Jewish homeland. Conversations on the trip allow students to explore their personal relationship to Israel and to redefine what being Jewish means to them today. For many of our participants, this trip allows them to form lasting relationships with their trip staff and peers, which often leads to more involvement with Hillel when they return. Our student come back to campus energized about Israel and eager to learn more about their relationship to Jewish life.

Find out more about UD Hillel by visiting our website at www.udhillel.org <http://www.udhillel.org> or checking us out on Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/pages/UD-Hillel/117312308069>.



"UD Hillel was my 2nd home for four years where I met many lifelong friends and gained important leadership skills. Hillel also opened my eyes to different views of Judaism, and has helped me form the model for the Jewish path I am taking through all aspects of my life. Hillel was not just an RSO I participated in 10 plus years ago, but rather an avenue that has helped shape the person I have and will become."


Lee Manoff (’04)