Hillel brings a broad range of exciting opportunities for Jewish involvement, including social, educational, cultural and religious programming to Jewish students on college campuses throughout the country. Hillel helps students initiate activities that are most compelling to the students on their particular campus. Hillel also publishes The Guide to Jewish Life on Campus, an informative guide to Jewish life on over 500 campuses for the prospective college student.
For more information, please contact Talia Mizikovsky, Director of Jewish Student Life at 973-885-3433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hillel of Northern New Jersey maintains Hillel (Jewish student) clubs at Bergen Community College (BCC), Fairleigh Dickinson University Metropolitan (Teaneck) Campus (FDU), Ramapo College of New Jersey and William Paterson University (WPU). Hillel also provides programming and services for all northern New Jersey college-aged young adults.
Events include social activities (concerts, improv acting nights, trips to Dave & Busters, bowling and movies), educational programs (classes, seminars, Shabbat weekends and Israel related forums) and volunteer opportunities (individual and group visits).
With Hillel of Northern New Jersey’s help, hundreds of local students are now “doing Jewish,” and getting others to join in. This Federation community service, which is supported by the Annual Campaign, provides Jewish services, meals, programs and counseling for Jewish students – but for many students it does much more than that. It gets students in touch with their Jewish identity.
Meet Kyle Liggon
Growing up, Kyle’s Jewish experience was limited. When he came to Ramapo, he was hesitant to join Hillel because he felt that “I knew nothing of the Jewish religion and would not fit in at all.” When he decided to check it out, he immediately felt welcomed. I met Rabbi Ely Allen, who “made me feel as if I was part of Hillel for years.”
After attending Shabbat dinners with Hillel members, Kyle said, “I’ve learned that Shabbat is much more than a big meal with prayers. It’s about community and respect for all those around me.” Through Hillel, he experienced his first Simchat Torah service and “felt something powerful in seeing everyone celebrating.” Rabbi Allen arranged for him to be called to the Torah for the first time in his life.
Kyle said his Jewish identity has grown because of Hillel. “I am proud to say I’m Jewish, and I will never deny it. This is all thanks to my experience in Hillel.”
Meet Marissa Welch
Marissa Welch felt incomplete. “I had no Jewish friends at home, and I just felt hopeless at college,” she said. This changed when she went to a Hillel meeting. “When I walked in, I was welcomed with open arms. Everyone wanted to know my name and where I was from. Rabbi Allen warmly received me, told me to help myself to food, and gave me a Matisyahu CD. I was shocked at how open, welcoming and generous everyone was. I knew it was the start of a great experience.”
“Now I had people to talk to about my Judaism, to learn Judaism with, and I immediately began feeling complete again,” said Marissa, who added that she is looking forward to participating in this summer’s Taglit-Birthright Israel trip.