Dialogue & Identity
Groups that explore intersectional identities through dialogue or discourse.
Pursuit of Justice
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.
Check out our Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/AhavaUM/
Ask Big Questions (ABQ)
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.Contact(s)
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.Contact(s)
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.Contact(s)
Forum on Gender and Judaism
Jewish Women’s Forum (JWF) is a Hillel organization dedicated to creating a safe space for exploring the intersection of gender and Judaism. JWF meets every other week in an effort to discuss relevant topics pertaining to the identities of Jewish women. The meeting format includes open dialogue, guest speakers, text based learning, and more. Each meeting will either be open to all identities or specified for people who identify as women.
JWF meets every other Wednesday a 6:00pm in the Hillel Building (1429 Hill St.) unless otherwise noted. Check the Hillel events calendar for our next meeting date. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about JWF please contact Annie Jacobson ([email protected]) or Sara Lebow ([email protected]).Contact(s)
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.
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.Contact(s)
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.Contact(s)
David Project Fellows
The David Project positively shapes campus opinion on Israel by educating, training, and empowering student leaders to be thoughtful, strategic and persuasive advocates.Contact(s)
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.Contact(s)
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.Contact(s)
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.Contact(s)
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.Contact(s)
Groups that provide various Jewish religious services and learning.
The conservative minyan provides a traditional egalitarianContact(s)
service while offering a welcoming and casual atmosphere. Join us weekly for student led Friday night Shabbat services including a musical kabbalat shabbat, enlightening d’var torah, and meaningful maariv. We also hold occasional social events on Shabbat day or during the week throughout the year. Contact Ben Richer or Sam Rumack to get on the email list or for more information.
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.Contact(s)
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.Contact(s)
Shalva (which is the Hebrew word for contentment) is a Friday night service where women and men sit separately with a mechitza (partition), and both lead parts of the service. Shalva is known for its spirited singing, and hosts other social and educational programs during the year.Contact(s)
Groups that pursue the values of tzedakah and tikkun olam - charity and repairing the world.
The goal of Midnight Run is to cultivate a connection between students and
the homeless using a Jewish lens in order to broaden our own perspectives while also
destigmatizing the epidemic of homelessness.
Every week, we donate the leftover food from Shabbat to Food Gatherers, the local food pantry. We organize clothing drives to support the local homeless population and deliver the clothes on midnight runs. These deliveries are meaningful and forge relationships between students and the homeless community.
Join the Facebook group below for updates on events!Contact(s)
Baking for BRCA
Through campus involvement, our mission is to create meaningful experiences, a good group of people who want to make the world a little better, and lifelong memories for University of Michigan students. We hope to spread the word about the dangers of BRCA gene mutation. The mutation runs most commonly in Ashkenazi women which is why being a Hillel affiliated group is so meaningful to our organization. We hope that the money we donate to BRCA gene research will aid the way towards finding a cure.Contact(s)
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. The two organizations we donate to are Mazon, a jewish organization dedicated to ending hunger, and Food Gatherers, Ann Arbor’s local food pantry.
Join us on January 9, January 23, February 6, February 13, March 6, and March 20 at 5:30pm to make the dough and at 7:30pm to braid the challah!
If you are interested in helping us sell the Challah on Thursdays, click HERE to fill out the volunteer form!Contact(s)
- Emily Africk - President
- Jordan Marcus - Selling Manager
- Alana Barofsky - Volunteer Manager
- Rebecca Grbinich - Staff Advisor
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.Contact(s)
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.Contact(s)
Maize and Blue Games
Maize and Blue Games is designed to facilitate donations to charitable causes through bi-annual team sporting tournaments. Participating University of Michigan students will raise funds for not-for-profit organizations with sports-related missions.
The aim of Maize and Blue Games is twofold: raising awareness about the importance of giving back to the local community, and providing an opportunity for students to do so through the joy of playing competitive sports.Contact(s)
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.Contact(s)
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.Contact(s)
Groups that explore Jewish life through cultural expression.
Students for Holocaust Awareness, Remembrance, and Education(SHARE)
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 SHARE luncheon, where 50+ survivors from the Detroit-Metro area come to Hillel to share their stories with over 200 students.Contact(s)
Hillel Arts (HARTS)
As a student group, Hillel Arts (HARTS) aims to provide an opportunity for students to connect to Judaism through artistic expression.Contact(s)
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.Contact(s)
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.Contact(s)
OY Jewish Cultural Group
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 5pm-6pm on the lower level of the Espresso Royale on the corner of East U and South U!Contact(s)
Groups that engage particular students and build communities.
Jews on North
Students living and taking classes on North Campus create unique Jewish experiences. Hillel supports Jewish life on North Campus by celebrating Friday Night Shabbat dinners in dorms, coffee hours to meet with arts and engineering students, and a variety of social events.Contact(s)
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.Contact(s)
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.Contact(s)
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.Contact(s)
Michigan Mensch Program
The Michigan Mensch program provides first-year students with the opportunity to connect with upperclassman mentors and other first-year students in the Mensch program based on their own interests. Each student will connect one-on-one with a mentor as well as become part of a larger mentorship community with their peers. Students may join a Mensch Mentor for an Acapella concert, a hike through the arb, or a Michigan Women’s Basketball game etc.Contact(s)
Health & Environment
Groups that promote physical wellness and appreciation for the environment.
Hillel Health and Wellness
Hillel Ice Hockey Club
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.Contact(s)
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.Contact(s)
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, panels, and study hours students are able to define their future in medicine while establishing a connection to Judaism and our Ann Arbor community.Contact(s)
Jewish life on campus supported by Hillel in addition to our 7 programming cohorts
Hillel Hoops help connect students on campus while playing pick-up basketball!Contact(s)
Sponsorship & Collaboration
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.Contact(s)