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Hillel The Foundation For Jewish Campus Life

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6 Fraternity Circle Kingston RI 02881 USA


The mission of uri hillel is to enrich the lives of jewish students at the university of rhode island so that they may enrich the jewish people and the world.


Shabbat and holiday programming as a pluralistic, non-denominational community, hillel makes learning about and celebrating shabbat and jewish holidays positive and approachable. Hillel breaks down barriers, bringing together students from all backgrounds in a comfortable setting. Bi-weekly shabbat dinners are proceeded by a brief shabbat service or discussion that is student-led. Students are empowered to lead services and gain valuable experience in public speaking and group building. Hillel holds high holiday services and meals; builds and holds celebrations in the sukkah; offers hanukkah programming at hillel, in residence halls and in students' apartments; hosts a tu b'shevat seder; hosts a passover seder and serves the only kosher-for-passover food available on campus.

social, cultural/educational, israel programming hillel offers a variety of social programming designed to help jewish students meet and spend time with each other. Holiday parties, barbecues, themed dinners and sports help bring students together. Hillel's "fysh" program (first year students of hillel,) targets new uri students introducing them to the campus and helping them make friends. Hillel provides a variety of cultural and educational programming which may come in the form of music, art, theater, comedy, cooking, discussions or programs on ethics, customs, history and more. Hillel promotes a better understanding of israel and jewish people by bringing israeli music, culture and education to the university of rhode island campus. Hillel assists students in their participation on the taglit-birthright israel program. Uri hillel designs orientation and follow-up programming to further enhance their israel experience.

social action and community relations hillel encourages students to fulfill the jewish imperative of tikkun olam, repairing the world. Alternative break trips combine hands-on service with community building and the study of jewish values to create an unforgettable week that impacts both the lives of the student participants and the communities they help. Hillel is an indispensible partner of the university in creating and promoting co-curricular experiences for students that increase citizenship and community. Hillel is a leader on campus in promoting a respectful atmosphere where students of all races, religions, national origins, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability can be free from discrimination and/or harrassment. Hillel staff devotes time to serve on several university-wide committees working on creating protocols for bias response and developing a culture of respect.

student leadership and professional development, publicity and promotion hillel offers an array of leadership opportunities for students, ranging from core volunteer leadership, to paid internships, to one-time opportunity based roles. Hillel offers scholarships and awards for student leaders. Hillel professional staff takes part in professional development opportunities and training sessions. Hillel's overall programming includes the promotion of publicity of all aspects of the programs and services hillel provides. This includes annual newsletters, weekly emails, promotional materials, website and social media.

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