Student Groups

Culture - Program Board Contact Gideon Levinson

Groups that explore Jewish life through cultural expression.

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    Conference on the Holocaust (COTH)

    Our organization plans programs such as Shabbat dinners, speakers, the yearly Yom Ha’Shoah reading on the diag, commemorating all those who perished in the Holocaust, and the annual COTH luncheon, where 50+ survivors from the Detroit-Metro area come to Hillel to share their stories with over 200 students.

    • Alana Karbal
    • Ariel Berger
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    Hillel Arts (HARTS)

    As a student group, Hillel Arts (HARTS) aims to provide an opportunity for students to connect to Judaism through artistic expression.

    • Davey Rosen
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    The Hillel Players

    Are you interested in acting, dancing, music, theater, improv or poetry? Then get involved with The Hillel Players! We are an arts and culture group committed to producing creative works and ensuring that members have the opportunity to showcase individual talents. In the past, The Hillel Players produced new, unpublished student work, and we hope to continue this in the future.

    • Michelle Shumunov
    • Gideon Levinson
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    Kol HaKavod – A Cappella

    Kol HaKavod (Hebrew for congratulations) is U-M’s premiere Jewish a cappella group. We are professional, lovable, and quite attractive bunch of college students with a passion for kosher meat, JDate, and singing our little hearts out. We harmonize in U of M’s Hillel, demand attention on the Diag, and frequently belt out tunes in public bathrooms. “Challah* at us and maybe we can teach you how to be as #KolHakaAWESOME as we are.

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    Shulchan Ivrit

    Shulchan Ivrit is a club for students to come together in a casual setting to talk about daily topics (school, weekend plans, movies, etc) in Hebrew! Everyone enjoys a free beverage, courtesy of Hillel, and we meet every Thursday evening from 6pm-7pm on the lower level of the Espresso Royale on the corner of East U and South U!

    • Andrea Dantus
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    Yiddish Club

Dialogue and Identity - Program Board Contact Alex Rosenbaum

Groups that explore intersectional identities through dialogue or discourse.

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    Ask Big Questions (ABQ)

    Ask Big Questions brings diverse college students together for conversations that help people understand themselves and others. These conversations create community and spark action. On campus, we sponsor a Friday Night Learning at Hillel, facilitate conversations in partnership with a variety of student organizations, hold activities on the Diag, and participate at the TedX Conference. 

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    Breaking Barriers

    Breaking Barriers connects Jewish students with non-Jewish peers; recognizing that as Jews, we learn about ourselves given the opportunity to learn about other peoples’s cultures and religions. Through collaborative social events with other cultural and ethnic groups, we offer both student groups the opportunity to bring a bite of their culture to the table.

    • Emily Steinberg
    • Sarah Strickberger
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    Consider: is a student-run organization at the University of Michigan, which creates a platform for non-partisan civil discourse on issues of campus, local, and national significance. Through four channels: a bi-weekly print publication, open forums, an online blog, and an online forum, students and faculty can express their opinions on a range of issues, while also learning from the opinions of others. We are committed to serving as a platform for serious engagement, learning, and challenging ideas.

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    Golden Apple

    The Golden Apple Award annually conducts a campus-wide nomination process inviting the entire U-M student body to select the U-M professor who they consider to be the best lecturer on campus each year. The recipient of the Golden Apple Award is recognized at an award ceremony and asked to give the lecture he or she would want to give if it were the last one of the professor’s career. The Golden Apple Award and Lecture is the only teaching award at the University of Michigan bestowed by the students. The Golden Apple Award was inspired by the teaching of a 3rd century sage, Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrkanos, who professed in the pages of the Talmud, “Get your life in order one day before you die,” reminding us that all of us should be giving our ideal last lectures every day.


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    Jewish Women’s Forum (JWF)

    Jewish Women’s Forum is a group for all Jewish Women to interact together in both secular and religious settings through small group discussions, influential speakers, and community-wide events.

    • Davey Rosen

Health and Environment - Program Board Contact Marc Schlessel

Groups that promote physical wellness and appreciation for the environment.

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    Meaningfully named the Hebrew word for “the greens,” Hayerukim aims to connect Judaism and environmentalism, and to establish a community at Hillel dedicated to sustainability awareness, advocacy and action.

    • Jake Aronson
    • Rebecca Liebschutz
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    Hillel Health and Wellness

    The Health and Wellness group provides Jewish students with the opportunity to practice living a healthy lifestyle.

    • Liz Gorson
    • Julie Gervis
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    Hillel Ice Hockey Club

    The Hillel Ice Hockey Club actively works to ensure the positive extension of Jewish values and experiences through hockey and team activities. Games are played indoors and outdoors approximately 1-2 times a week with 30 games in a full season.

    • Grant Renny
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    Hillel Outdoor Adventure

    Hillel Outdoor Adventure strives to have fun and build relationships between members of the University of Michigan Hillel through the love of nature and outdoor adventures. We do programs such as canoeing, hiking, camping, skiing and snowboarding.

    • Elisa Shibley
    • Hanna Schamis
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    IM Sports & Kaufman Cup

    Hillel’s IM Sports program includes participation in over 10 team sports through the University’s Intramural Sports program, such as broomball, softball, basketball, volleyball, football, and inner tube water polo. The program offers the opportunity to meet and connect with new Hillel freinds or submit your own team of friends. Each year, Michigan Hillel competes against in-state rival MSU Hillel in a five sport, year long competition known as the Kaufman Cup. This event represents an incredible opportunity for Hillel students to take part in this storied collegiate rivalry as competitors rather than spectators.

    • Davey Rosen
    MedX (Medical Exposure)

    Our purpose is to help students explore the medical field through various volunteer and educational opportunities. Through weekly “Bikur Cholim” (patient visits) at the University Hospital and different seminars and panels, students are able to define their future in medicine while establishing a connection to Judaism and our Ann Arbor community.

    • Eden Adler

Israel - Program Board Contact Jonathan Friedman

The Israel Cohort is an umbrella collaboration of student groups from the University of Michigan that promote student support for and engagement with Israel. We encourage and nurture diverse ways for students to shape their perspective and raise awareness regarding Israel on campus. With different events happening on a regular basis, the Israel Cohort strives to create an open and vibrant environment for interested students on campus.

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    American Movement for Israel

    The American Movement for Israel (AMI) is an open, multi-opinioned, pro-Israel student group that strives to educate about and advocate for the State of Israel through cultural, social, and political events, while also engaging the pro-Israel community and connecting all pro-Israel students on campus both to each other and to the State of Israel. 

    • Alex Adler
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    I-LEAD (Israel Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy, & Dialogue)

    I-LEAD provides an engaging environment where thought-provoking conversation and education can take place regarding the modern-day State of Israel. We fully support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish democratic state, as well as its right to defend itself.

    • Erica Mindel
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    Israel Leadership Fellows
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    J Street UMich combines active US Congressional lobbying, educational initiatives and community activities to advocate for a peaceful and just two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians. Our primary mission is to promote a pro-Israel, pro-Palestine, pro-Peace stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    • Ari Schoenburg
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    Masa Israel Internship

    Masa means journey in Hebrew and the Masa Israel Engagement Internship connects Jewish young adults to study abroad, post-college, and volunteer programs in Israel. Through these immersive experiences, lasting between five and twelve months, participants develop a deet, personal connection to Israel. interns are you resource on campus to learn about academic, volunteer, and internship opportunities in Israel.

    • Stephanie Horowitz
    • Ariella Yedwab
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    TAMID Israel Investment Group

    The TAMID Israel Investment Group connects business minded students with Israel’s growing economy. TAMID fundraises money to invest in Israeli securities, works directly with Israeli start-ups via consulting, and TAMID sends students on a fellowship program over the summer to intern in Israel.

    • Bella Wishnivetski
    • Mitch Aftalion
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    WolvPac’s purpose is to provide students, regardless of their American or Israeli political leanings, the opportunity to create tangible ties between our campus and Israel. This is done through working with campus and community leaders, as well as meeting with congressional leaders.

    • Ben Miesel
    • Aaron Cahen
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Outreach - Program Board Contact Daniel Gordon

Groups that engage particular students and build communities.

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    Ahava – LGBTQ Community

    The Jewish LGBTQ & friends group at U-M, AHAVA (love in Hebrew), provides a relaxed atmosphere where people from diverse Jewish backgrounds can feel comfortable. We often partner with the Spectrum Center, the office of LGBT Affairs at U-M. We also sponsor guest speakers to lead discussions on topics relevant to our lives. Past speakers have included Rabbi Steven Greenberg and Danny Savitch, Director of Jerusalem’s Open House. We also hold the widely acclaimed Annual Flaming Menorah Hanukkah Party each year.

    • Davey Rosen
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    FYSH (First Year Students of Hillel) is a group of Jewish Freshmen working together to create a closer community. We are the future of Hillel and work to get students involved in Hillel for years to come. We accomplish this goal through various events that create a close-knit community of Jewish Freshmen.

    • Eitan Katz
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    Hillel Professional Network
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    Jewish Engineering Association (JEngA )

    The Jewish Engineering Association (JEngA) is a student-run organization that provides a community for Jewish undergraduate and graduate students while promoting the awareness and development of Jews in the field of Engineering. JEngA organizes and co-sponsors many social and volunteering events throughout the year. It also serves as a resource for a variety of issues affecting Jewish Engineers at Michigan.

    • Nathan Immerman
    • Brianna Wolin
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    Jewish Greek Council

    Jewish Greek Council is an organization that fosters a community among the Jews in Greek life. Representatives from each house relay information about council events, such as our Shabbat dinners, to their chapters. Additionally, representatives serve as a resource for their chapters to get more involved in the Jewish community on campus.

    • Ali Meisel
    • Joel Ratner
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    jNET – The Jewish Network

    jNET (the Jewish Network) is a peer-network engagement and entrepreneurship internship guided by Michigan Hillel’s strategic goal to develop relationships with Jewish students in order to engage them in Jewish life on campus and meaningful Jewish experiences. jNET Interns support peers to create and take ownership of initiatives and new forms of Jewish expression.

    • Davey Rosen
    Michigan Mensch Program

    Michigan Mensch pairs an incoming freshman with an upperclassman who gives guidance on aspects of the university and Jewish life on campus. The Mensch program also organizes events for the mentor pairs to attend to encourage interaction between the mentee and mentor as well as among participants as a whole. From movie nights, to BBQs, to game nights, the Michigan Mensch Mentorship Program helps freshmen ease into life in Ann Arbor and finds aspects of Hillel they love.

    • Michigan Mensch Leaders

Religious Life - Program Board Contact Aaron Finglass

Groups that provide various Jewish religious services and learning.

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    Conservative Minyan

    We represent the Conservative Movement on Campus. Each week we have an Egalitarian Friday night Shabbat service led by students. Services are upbeat, participatory, and high energy. We also plan social and learning events throughout the year to promote community involvement and engagement.

    • Lauren Grossmann
    • Ben Richter
    • Laura Schinagle
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    Orthodox Minyan (O-Minyan)

    The O-Minyan serves the Orthodox community at the U-M. We offer weekday services in the morning and late afternoon/evening with the Ann Arbor Orthodox Minyan, full Shabbat services, meals at Hillel or community member homes, fun bonding events and learning opportunities throughout the week, and much more, all within an open and warm community.

    • Matthew Federbush
    • Helene Glickman
    • Bradley Goldstein
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    Reform Community of Hillel

    The Reform Community of Hillel is a place for students to express their Judaism in a way that is meaningful to them. From our music filled Shabbat services to our many cultural and social events, the Reform Community provides students with opportunities to meet other Jewish Students and find their place at Hillel.

    • Zoe McCoon
    • Shira Moskowitz
    • Anna Leemon
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    Shalva Minyan

    Shalva (which is the Hebrew word for contentment) is a Friday night service where women and men sit separately, and take turns leading parts of the service. Shalva is known for its spirited singing, and hosts other social and educational programs during the year.

    • Jonathan Friedman

Social Action - Program Board Contact Heath Hartman

Groups that pursue the values of tzedakah and tikkun olam - charity and repairing the world.

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    Challah for Hunger

    Challah for Hunger brings people together to bake and sell challah in an effort to raise money and awareness for social justice causes.

    • Alexa Knopf
    • Rachel Goldman
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    Jewish Detroit Initiative (JDI)

    Jewish-Detroit Initiative is a student group that engages U of M students with Detroit through social action, education, recreation, and dialogue with city residents. Detroit has a lot to offer students: viable job options, community service opportunities, fun weekend activities, a vibrant Jewish history, and a growing community of young Jewish adults.

    • Shoshana Engleson
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    Jewish Penicillin Hotline (JPH)

    Feeling sick? Then you or a friend can call on HIllel’s very own chicken soup free delivery hotline. The hotline is run entirely by students who feel passionate about the Jewish value of visiting the sick and helping out students on campus who feel under the weather and want to help brighten up their day.

    • Avi Mattenson
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    Maize and Blue Games

    Maize and Blue Games is a student group designed to improve the lives of children in Detroit through the arena of sports. Our goal is to provide University of Michigan students with community service opportunities through friendly competition in addition to educating underprivileged kids about higher education opportunities.

    • Will Lederer
    • Sean Anderson
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    Music VS.

    Music Vs. uses music, performance, and other arts to create relationships with people at area nursing homes, hospitals, and other venues. It is a national initiative which was started at Yeshiva University, and is now active at more than fifteen schools worldwide.

    • Emily Camras
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    We Support Detroit Schools (WSDS)
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    Will Work For Food (WWFF)

    Will Work For Food (WWFF) encourages participants to volunteer in their local communities and to ask friends and family to “sponsor” their work with a donation to WWFF. 100 percent of the money raised helps our affiliate organization, Doctors Without Borders, purchase and distribute nutritional supplements to severely malnourished children.

    • Daniel Friedman
    • Andrew Hurwitz
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