- Tzedek/Social Action
- First Year Students at Hillel
- Shabbat and Holidays
- Claremont Birthright trip to Israel
Here at Hillel, we organize a variety of social justice programs as well as food drives and community service projects . We also participate in the MultiFaith Service Council through the Chaplains Office and help organize such events as a Hunger Awareness Week including an interfaith dialogue on hunger and Stop Hunger Now, a day when we packaged over 20,000 meals. Students participate in alternative breaks and local service events. We look forward to expanding our social action programs and would love your input!
Additionally, Challah for Hunger both at Scripps and Pomona, founded by a past Claremont Colleges Hillel student (from Scripps), bakes and sells over 300 challot weekly to raise money and awareness for charity.
First Year Students at Hillel
First Year Students of Hillel (FYSH) is an innovative program that provides compelling and engaging entry-points to Jewish life for incoming freshman on the Claremont campuses. Our goal is to provide a strong foundation of Jewish-identified engagement opportunities right out of the gates, building a basis for continuity and growth, and participation in our Hillel community. For the 2013–2014 school year, FYSH has many great experiential, interactive, spiritual, social, educational, and identity-building programs planned. We have hosted the Welcome Barbeque, Candy Apple Making, Fro-Yo Field Trips, the Jewish Community Retreat and look forward to many more events! Our FYSH Council is comprised of first year students from each of the Colleges who are committed to planning Jewish programs for their peers.
Our social events are usually weekly, low key events that are chill, fun, and good study breaks. While some of the events take place in the Hillel Student Lounge, which has a widescreen plasma TV, refrigerator, couch, and snacks, other events take place in the dorms on campus. Our social events are a great place to meet people and just hang out. For our bigger, high-energy events such as the Purim Party and comedy events like Stand Up for Peace, we collaborate with other Jewish groups on campus. Some of the social events that Hillel sponsors are Karaoke Nights and Sushi in the Sukkah.
Shabbat and Holidays
Shabbat Services and Dinner
Hillel hosts a weekly Shabbat service and dinner for all students at the Claremont Colleges. The services are usually led by students or our Rabbi. Services are followed by blessings over the challah and wine, and a kosher meal. Meals are usually cooked by a group of students who volunteer several hours out of their Friday afternoon for the preparation. The Shabbat service and meal are a unique chance for a wide variety of students to come together during the week to just relax. It is a wonderful chance to touch base with friends, and catch up after a sometimes hectic week
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
Services are provided for both days of Rosh Hashanah. Rabbi Litwin leads services and student volunteers participate in the Torah service and English readings. The services are led according to an inclusive, liberal Hillel tradition and are open to the community at large. For Yom Kippur, we offer Kol Nidre, services all next day with additional activities planned between the traditional services such as meditation and yoga, walks, and study sessions. Break-the-Fast is open to the whole community.
We hold seders for the first and second night of Passover, and provide kosher-for-Passover meals for the duration of the holiday. The first seder is usually a more traditional one led by the Rabbi and the second seder is a less traditional and often led by a student. Pomona College has been so good as to let us kasher the kitchen in Oldenborg Dining Hall and use it to make kosher-for-Passover meals for the duration of the holiday. The delicious meals are cooked by the Oldenborg Dining Hall Manager and wonderful staff. Oldenborg Dining staff have created Passover meals for us for many years and we are blessed with a superb chef.
Hillel Birthright Israel trip
Join Jewish students from around the world and travel to Israel for FREE! Birthright Israel is a unique, all expenses paid trip to Israel for 18-26 year old Jewish young adults. See all of the sights of Israel, from the Sea of Galilee to the Western Wall. You will never forget your experience watching the sunrise on top of Masada. For more general info go to Hillel’s Taglit-Birthright Israel website.