As much as we are excited to welcome your student to campus – we are just as excited to welcome you to your own new, incredible network of Wolverine parents! You, too, are now part of one of the most vibrant Jewish college communities. Our staff and our parents nationwide are here to support you in any way we can. Please do not hesitate to use us as a resource for questions, concerns, sending your sick student matzo ball soup, and more. Stacy Carroll, our Director of Advancement, is just a phone call or email away! We hope you will become an active member of our Michigan Hillel parents network through any number of our groups, events and activities listed below.
New! We’re excited to share the launch of our first-year parents group, Club Mem! Club Mem members are freshmen and transfer student parents who are proud to support Hillel’s impactful programming early on in their student’s Jewish journey with us. As first-year students and emerging adults who have just arrived at their new UofM home, we want to ensure new students feel the heart of our Hillel right upon arrival to campus. To learn more about how to join Club Mem and the great incentives for both parents and students alike, read more here!
Summer Meet & Greet Series
Several years ago, we began hosting “Meet & Greets” across the country for incoming students and their parents to mix and mingle with current students, our Berman fellows and Hillel staff. Parents on our Parent Ambassador Council (PAC) serve as Meet & Greet hosts, generously inviting all into their homes – and into the Michigan Wolverine family. Our program, interactive for both students and parents, often consists of a warm welcome by Tilly Shames, Executive Director, announcement of Welcome Week events, Hillel Cafe and Shabbat dinner info, and a lively Q&A session. As we’ve found incoming students embarking upon the college experience need social, emotional, spiritual support and more, so too do their parents. These events continue to prove wonderfully successful in welcoming students into the vibrant and diverse Jewish community that is Michigan Hillel. For our full schedule of Meet & Greets being held across the country, please visit our home page in August. If interested in hosting a Meet & Greet for UofM Hillel – thank you! – and please contact us at [email protected].
Wolverine Family Events
As a compliment to our Meet & Greets, we also host an “Welcome to Campus Freshmen Family Dinner” during move-in. New Wolverine families join fellow freshmen and their families for a delicious meal at the Hillel Cafe prepared by our talented in-house chef, Emil Boch. Hillel staff and current students are present to answer any questions and give tours of the building’s auditorium, lounge, study rooms and more.
“Parents & Family Weekend Shabbat Dinner” is a must-attend – not only to enjoy the gourmet food, but to see for yourself the hundreds of students gathering at Hillel for dinner each Friday night. Our services, of which there are four, are always optional to attend and dinner each week is free for students. Parents will kvell with pride at the beauty of a strong Jewish community cultivated by UofM students.
We hope parents will join their students at Hillel any time they visit the university for Shabbat dinner and other special event like Homecoming Shabbat and Passover meals. Parents can visit our Events Calendar for dates, times and to reserve seats.
Michigan Hillel Parents Facebook Group
And as mentioned on our Message to Parents page, U-M parents can also connect via social media through our closed Facebook group, Michigan Hillel Parents. To join, simply login to your account on www.facebook.com and type “Michigan Hillel Parents” in the search box. After selecting the group, click ‘Join Group’ in the upper right hand corner.
We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at any number of our parent and student events. Contact Stacy directly to get involved at (734) 548-6273 or [email protected].