Welcome to the University of Michigan Jewish graduate student community! We aspire to be like visiting a distant cousin who, despite meeting for the first time, shows you around town and makes you feel at home. We throw socials when you get to campus, host you for the Jewish holidays, and connect you with the resources to organize your own community events. The University of Michigan has one of the largest Jewish graduate student communities in the nation. Our graduate student community organizations are here for you, and we look forward to meeting you.
SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY for Graduate students: Join Hillel for a special international spring break opportunity exclusively for Michigan’s Jewish grad students. We’ll be heading to Germany (February 24 – March 4) on a *highly subsidized* trip to explore Berlin’s past and present, learn about Jewish life in modern Germany, and engage with stakeholders close to the current refugee crisis. Interested? Learn more details at our information session on Tuesday, October 3 from 5:30-6:30 at Hillel. Feel free to contact Leah Josephson at [email protected] with any questions or to get on the email list for trip updates.
jUnion: The Michigan Jewish Graduate Student Union
jUnion: The Michigan Jewish Graduate Student Union is the hub for the Jewish graduate student community. As a student-led organization, our goal is for all graduate students across the University’s 19 schools and colleges to feel that they belong, including you. Beyond weekly graduate student Shabbat dinners with Michigan Hillel, our events have included parties, an overnight retreat, brunches discussing Jewish perspectives on “taboo topics”, hosting local Holocaust survivors, organizing our own Passover seders, and hanging out at local events in Ann Arbor. We are a collaborative organization and partner with Michigan Hillel, the school-specific Jewish graduate student groups, and our peer student groups on campus.
We are always recruiting leaders who reflect the diversity of our community, and seek to connect students with resources so that they can create their own programs and micro-communities. Check out our Facebook page, and to learn more or just say hello, contact Kevin Lieberman at [email protected]
Gay Bloy! is the U-M Jewish LGBTQ grad student group. Its name is the translation of “Go Blue!” into Yiddish. Launched last year, Gay Bloy! has hosted socials and trivia nights. Come say hello by e-mailing us at [email protected] and we’ll keep you posted on upcoming events.
Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA)
JLSA is a student organization at the University of Michigan Law School that provides a wide variety of religious, social, and cultural programming for the entire student body of the Law School. Members also have the opportunity to participate in regional and national Jewish law student conferences and events. The best way to keep up to date with current JLSA events is to join our email list. To be added, just email [email protected]. JLSA is always looking for programming suggestions. If you’d like to get involved or make a suggestion, you can reach us at [email protected]
Jewish Business Student Association (JBSA)
JBSA is the Jewish student association for graduate students at the Ross School of Business. In addition to bringing together the Jewish community within Ross, JBSA also allows and facilitates a broader Jewish community among the other graduate programs at the University of Michigan. JBSA is eager to welcome Jewish students of all backgrounds and religious denominations, as well as non-Jewish students interested in Jewish culture and community. Events include Friday night Shabbat dinners, happy hours, holiday parties, and volunteer programs.
School of Public Health Jewish Student Association (SPHJSA)
Provides social events and programs for grad students with an interest in Jewish cultural, spiritual, and religious perspectives on public health. Please contact Rav Lisa Stella: [email protected] for more information or to receive email updates.
Jewish Medical Student Association (JeMSA)
JeMSA is a group for Jewish medical students that provides opportunities to socialize with other Jewish graduate students and offers assistance in organizing service and meal arrangements for holidays throughout the year. In addition, JeMSA facilitates volunteer opportunities in the community. This year we will be trying something new: Monthly or bi-monthly Friday night Shabbat meals! To get involved, e-mail ________ and join the JeMSA Facebook group.
Local Community Organizations with the Jewish Federation of Ann Arbor
Jewish Young Professionals of Ann Arbor (JYP) seeks to create a strong community for young Jewish professionals in the greater Ann Arbor area in order to keep them engaged in Jewish life through social connections, cultural and religious exploration, and a commitment to tikkun olam—repairing the world. Like the JYP Facebook page to learn more about upcoming events!
Jewish Women Doing Stuff is a forum for local Jewish women in their 20s, 30s and 40s who want to socialize, network and enjoy each other’s company while engaging in fun and meaningful activities. Learn more here.