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 a national organization that seeks to stop the polarization surrounding Israel’s political situation and provide a voice for the majority of American students who want to find a new path to meaningfully engaging in support for a negotiated two-state solution. J Street U seeks to provide guidance, education and resources to students who seek to impart a progressive voice into the campus debate on Israel. We do this in two ways. First, we are committed to supporting a two-state solution by mobilizing Jewish students against the occupation of the West Bank. Second, we recognize it is challenging to have conversations about Israel that includes meaningful criticism of the Israeli government while respecting its right to exist. J Street U seeks to create spaces for these nuanced conversations.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.
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)
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)
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)
Groups that pursue the values of tzedakah and tikkun olam - charity and repairing the world.
Challah for Hunger
Welcome to Challah for Hunger at the University of Michigan!
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 community. We donate 50% of our proceeds to Food Gatherers, Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County’s food pantry. As part of the larger movement, we donate the other 50% of our proceeds to Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger.
We are excited for this new semester! The following are all our volunteer dates for the semester:
Baking (making the dough): Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30pm at Hillel. October 9, October 23, November 6, November 13, November 27, December 4.
Braiding: Tuesdays from 7:15-8:15pm at Hillel. October 9, October 23, November 6, November 13, November 27, December 4.
Selling: Thursdays from 12-4pm in Mason Hall. October 11, October 25, November 8, November 15, November 29, December 6.
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.
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.
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)
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
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)
Groups that engage particular students and build communities.
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 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)