Dialogue & Identity
Groups that explore intersectional identities through dialogue or discourse.
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/
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)
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.
J Street UMich
J Street UMich is the U of M chapter of the national organization “J Street U”. We are a group of students who recognize that it is challenging to have conversations about Israel that include meaningful criticism of the Israeli government while respecting its right to exist. J Street U seeks to create spaces for these nuanced conversations. We provide a voice for the majority of American students to engage meaningfully in anti-occupation organizing, and working towards the goal of a negotiated two-state solution. We provide guidance, education and resources to students who seek to impart a progressive voice into the campus debate on Israel/Palestine. If you are interested in J Street U at Michigan, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on instagram @jstreetumich.
Wolverine For IsraelWolverine for Israel is run by AIPAC-trained students and seeks to foster conversations about the pro-Israel movement, educate our peers of the strategic benefits of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, and advocate for policies that reflect these values.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)
I-LEAD provides an engaging environment where diverse conversation can take place regarding the complexities of Israeli society. We aim to achieve this through hosting events, inviting speakers, and holding peer to peer conversations. We encourage all participants who come to iLead events to challenge and reflect on both what is familiar + unfamiliar to them about Israel.
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Groups that provide various Jewish religious services and learning.
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.
Rav Jared (email@example.com),
President: Jared Hurwitz – firstname.lastname@example.org & Sara Deichman – email@example.com
Prospective Student Coordinator: Elana Abramovitz – firstname.lastname@example.orgContact(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)
Groups that pursue the values of tzedakah and tikkun olam - charity and repairing the world.
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)
Jewish Penicillin Hotline (JPH)
Jewish Penicillin Hotline will return in Fall semester of 2021
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.
Challah for Hunger
Challah for Hunger brings people together from across campus to bake and sell challah in an effort to raise money and awareness for hunger in our own community. Every other Tuesday, our volunteers bake and then braid the challahs. We then sell them on Thursdays to spread our love of challahs to the rest of the Michigan community! We donate 50% of our proceeds to Food Gatherers, Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County’s food pantry. As part of the larger movement of Challah for Hunger Nationals, we donate the other 50% of our proceeds to Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger. Baking and selling the challah are both great opportunities to make new friends and socialize while helping a good cause!
Maize and Blue Games
Maize & Blue Games is a student-run organization that organizes bi-annual charity sports tournaments for U-M students. The club has facilitated donations for charitable organizations such as Detroit PAL and Fund-A-Field, which align with our mission of giving back to our communities through sports-related missions.
Groups that explore Jewish life through cultural expression.
OY Jewish Cultural Group
OY Jewish Cultural Group seeks to engage Jewish individuals on campus in a unique and fun environment that fosters learning, connectedness, and love for Jewish Culture.Contact(s)
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)
Kol HaKavod – A Cappella
Kol Hakavod is the University of Michigan’s Premier Jewish A Cappella group. Since its founding in 1993, KHK has been dedicated to giving people from all backgrounds an opportunity to experience both Jewish and Israeli cultures through music. The group performs songs in a variety of genres in both English and Hebrew. In addition to traveling across the country to share their love of music, Kol Hakavod hosts their semesterly concerts at Hillel.
Students for Holocaust Awareness, Remembrance, and Education(SHARE)
Students for Holocaust Awareness, Remembrance, and Education (SHARE) is a club dedicated to honoring the memory of Holocaust victims and building personal relationships with survivors to build a brighter future. We plan programs such as Shabbat dinners, speakers, the yearly Yom Ha’Shoah reading on the Diag where we commemorate all those who perished in the Holocaust, and the annual Survivors’ Luncheon, where 40+ survivors from the Detroit-Metro area come to Hillel to share their stories with over 100 students.
Groups that engage particular students and build communities.
Jewish Engineering Association (JEngA )
The Jewish Engineering Association (JEngA) connects Jewish engineers through events ranging from social outings like bowling to study hours with snacks and celebrating Shabbat dinners together. Some of our exciting plans for this year include a mentorship program, virtual tutoring office hours, some 3D printing, and more! If you’re a Jewish engineer, fill out our interest form or reach out to one of us and we’d love to get you involved!
Fill out our interest form here to hear about our upcoming 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 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 Green Team
The Hillel Green Team is a group of students passionate about environmental sustainability. We are currently working on making Hillel a more eco-friendly and “green” place by implementing composting and waste-reduction initiatives. If you love the environment and want to make an impact, we’d love to have you.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)
Hillel Outdoor Adventure
Hillel Outdoor Adventures connects Jewish students on campus through incredible outdoors events, including hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, and more! This club is especially awesome to join during this time, as our activities are based outside! Join us on our next adventure!
Sign up for our listserv here!Contact(s)
Hillel Ice Hockey Club
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)
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)