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Hillel at the Claremont Colleges is a vibrant 7-C Jewish community organization where students socialize over delicious kosher food, volunteer in meaningful community service projects, and celebrate Shabbat and holidays in a warm, and nurturing environment. Through such programs as Candy Apple Making for Rosh Hashanah, our tzedek speakers, and our festive weekly Shabbat services and home cooked dinners, Hillel aims to build and nurture a pluralistic Jewish community, to provide opportunities for Jews on campus to meet one another and to explore the various meanings of Jewish identity. Our First Year Students at Hillel (FYSH) program is a fun and welcoming social environment for freshmen to meet other freshmen on campus, through such programs as the Welcome Back Bagels and Lox and Lazer Tag. We welcome all students and hope you will join us!
Culturally, Hillel provides both social and educational opportunities. Guest poets and musicians range from Ladino rock musician Sarah Aroeste, the Yuval Ron Ensemble, to S. Bear Bergman on the intersection of Queer, Trans and Jewish Identity to Stand Up For Peace Comedians and our own Kosher Chords. We host study breaks for students in the local coffee house, go on road trips to JEWLICIOUS, and learn Israeli dancing. Additionally, we plans fun social events such as the Hanukkah Fried Food Fest, the Purim masquerade party, and Sushi in the Sukkah.
First Year Students of Hillel
Our First Year Students of Hillel provides a social atmosphere for first year students to meet other first year students, in the Jewish framework of Hillel. We host a variety of events, ranging from the Welcome Back Bagels and Lox Brunch to the Jewish Community Halona Retreat and more!
Last but not least, Hillel offers social action programming for both
Jewish and non-Jewish students alike. We do smaller projects like
writing letters to soldiers and visiting local retirement communities
we participate in larger events such as Stop Hunger Now, a joint hunger
awareness program through the Chaplains Office where we packaged over
20,250 meals in less than two hours. We had a Hillel team walk in Relay
for Life. We have participated in the Gandhi Day of Service,
Luther King Events, peace walks, food drives and we are active members
of the Multifaith Service Council.
We encourage all students to get involved with the staff and our student board to plan and implement activities that interest them. So if we don't already have something that captures your imagination, come help us to create it!
Hillel offers weekly Friday night services, services/celebrations for every Jewish holiday during the school year, and frequent opportunities for text study. Religiously, Hillel strives to embrace the pluralistic community it has been blessed with by inviting students from all denominations and backgrounds to participate in and lead religious events. Hillel also attempts to make Jews from all educational backgrounds comfortable with creating a community together.