First Year Students

Welcome to the University of Michigan Hillel family, we are so excited to share in these next 4 years with you!

On this page you will find information on our programming and opportunities for First Year Students of Hillel (FYSH).

Welcome to Hillel Virtual Visit 

Wednesday, August 3 at 6 PM ET | Join Michigan Hillel Staff and Student Leaders for our “Welcome to Hillel Virtual Visit” event for all Class of 2026 students and family members. We have dozens of events and programs already planned for the school year! Join us to learn more about getting involved, all of our student-led groups, Shabbat With Hillel, celebrating the holidays, leadership opportunities, and much much more. Register here.

The Retreat 

Each Fall, we are lucky to access a limited number of early move-in spots from the University to be able to offer a First Year Students of Hillel Retreat. Our Retreat offers opportunities to learn about campus life and Hillel, meet other new freshmen, ask questions and gain insight from seasoned sophomores and upperclassmen leaders, and find community well before the first day of classes. Contact Sarah Balis for more information. If you are a parent and you are interested in joining Club Mem (which grants early-access registration), contact Stacy Carroll. Registration for the 2022 Retreat has closed.

FYSH Programming

FreshConnect Fellows are a dedicated group of students committed to supporting freshmen during their first year at Michigan. Throughout the first semester and specifically the first month of school, the FreshConnect fellows will be offering a variety of programs specifically for freshmen through our First Year Students of Hillel (FYSH) programming. Please join the Michigan Hillel Class of 2026 Groupme, fill out the Student Info Form, and follow us on Instagram (@MichiganHillel) to stay up to date on these events and other freshman-specific happenings. 

Save the Date:

  • Aug 29 – First day of school celebration at Hillel 6-8 PM 
  • Aug 31 – FYSH Bonfire at Hillel 6-8 PM
  • Sept 2 – FYSH Shabbat at Hillel

The Jewish Learning Fellowship

JLF (Jewish Learning Fellowship) is unlike any Jewish learning you have done before! Each week we focus on a topic relevant to navigating college life and what Judaism (and you, and your peers!) have to say about them. Taking part in JLF is a great way to make friends, explore Judaism, and enjoy a free dinner each week. This opportunity is open to anyone from any Jewish background or level of experience with Jewish learning. JLF meets once a week over the course of 8 weeks with two additional Shabbat experiences just for your cohort! If you are looking for a weekly opportunity to get involved and find community then this is the opportunity for you!

Big FYSH/Little FYSH Mentor Matching

A Hillel mentor or ‘Big FYSH’ is an amazing resource whether you are looking for an upperclassman to answer all your burning questions or simply want another familiar face to say hi to around campus. Whether you are looking to break into Jewish community on campus or expand your current network, we’ve got you covered. Students matched can expect free coffee or lunch dates with their mentor, a resource to ask any and all questions, and a new friend to join at Hillel events. All first year students who apply will be matched. If you are interested in being matched with a FYSH mentor please fill out the following form.