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Each program will meet by cohorts, every other week, throughout the semester unless otherwise noted. You must be able to commit to the entire semester in order to register. Not sure what is right for you? Email Hilary,, for help!


  1. Book Club

  2. Did Jew Know?

  3. Hillel Fresh

  4. How to Drink Like a Grownup

  5. impACT

  6. Mid-Week Recharge

  7. Mind, Body, & Soul

  8. UDevelop

  9. Womens Group

  10. Your Body on Loan



  1. Divine Dining

  2. How to Drink Like a Grownup

  3. Kraft & Kvetch (complain)

  4. Mid-Week Recharge

  5. Mitzvote

  6. Team Tzedek

All in person programs will take place outside (don't worry, we're getting a huge tent) at Hillel. Social distancing & masks will be required.

Book Club

Looking for a space for thoughtful conversation on issues related to social justice and activism? Increase your understanding of relevant social justice topics by exploring diverse perspectives. Each month we’ll choose a book that address themes of race and justice and get together virtually for a discussion.



Open to all students

Meets virtually once per month

Led by Zoe

Did Jew Know?

Did Jew Know? is Hillel's Jewish learning group where we'll take six sessions to explore big questions around Judaism and our world, including anti-Semitism, relationships, and what does it mean to be Jewish today.



Open to all students

Meets virtually

Led by Rabbi Nick

Divine Dining

Want to host a Shabbat dinner for your friends, but don't want to cook or pay? Come learn fun tips and tricks to help you become the finest dinner host in all of Newark. Then, put what you learn into practice by hosting Shabbat and holiday meals for your friends in your house/ apartment/the Green. This cohort is a requirement for hosting Shabbat Across Campus. We’ll provide the food - all you need to do is add friends!

Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

Meets in person

Led by Zoe


Want to meet new people while learning how to slay college? impACT is for you! You'll meet weekly with a group of freshmen to learn leadership skills, the ins and outs of UD, connecting virtually, and how to get the most of your 4 years. Your group will be facilitated by 2 upperclassmen who couldn't be more excited that you've joined the Blue Hen family.


Open to Freshmen only

Meets virtually

Meets weekly

Kraft & Kvetch (complain)

Come connect, complain, and create! Whether you are super crafty or you have never held a paintbrush in your life, you’ll be amazed at what you can make in our Jewish Arts and Crafts cohort!




Open to all students

Meets in person

Led by Cassie

Mid-Week Recharge

Looking to recharge your energy while expanding your network? If so, Mid-Week Recharge is for you! This student-led cohort will provide guided activities among students who you might not ordinarily meet. Mid-week recharge is a great opportunity to strengthen personal connections in a fun and relaxed environment!



Open to all students

Virtual and in person options

Led by Haley Gerstein ('22) and Julia Dank ('23)

Mind, Body, and Soul

Start your week off right by focusing on your mind, body and soul. Learn to look for the little things in life to bring you happiness. Expand your knowledge on how your attitude can positively change how we feel about ourselves. Spend on hour with some new friends focusing on self-care.

Open to all students

Meets virtually

Led by Donna


Passionate about empowering the next generation of informed voters? Join Hillel at UD as we launch a get-out-the-vote campaign this fall. Make a difference for fellow students by helping educate and mobilize voters for the upcoming election while also joining a fun and enthusiastic community.


Open to all students

Meets in person

Led by Zoe

Team Tzedek

Are you looking for ways to give back in an engaging way? Team Tzedek (justice) is for you! Join a group of students who want to make the world a better place in unique ways! In this program we will complete various projects to help different communities while learning about how they connect to our Jewish values. 


Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

Meets in person

Led by Emily Chaleff ('22) and Talia Feldman ('21)


We all know that one of the reasons we all go to college is to help us get a job after, but jobs aren't just handed to us! Over 5 sessions, we'll explore:

  • Landing a job that is meaningful for you

  • Networking

  • Resumes & cover letters

  • LinkedIn

  • Interviewing

Open to Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors

Meets virtually

Led by Hilary

Women's Group

Who runs the world? Girls!! Come celebrate Jewish women as we gather together to explore various aspects of our identities and engage in meaningful discussion. All womxn are welcome to join!






Open to all students who identify as a woman

Meets virtually

Led by Zoe

Your Body on Loan

COVID 19 has been a daily reminder of personal powerlessness. However, we do control what we put in and on our bodies, and what we do with them. Torah says the human body was created in God’s image and humans are merely “custodians” of their vessels. We'll explore what Jewish sources have to say about sex, drugs, pleasure, piercing and body image and what these texts might mean today.

Open to all students

Meets virtually

Led by Rabbi Lesley

Hillel Fresh

Want to learn how to cook, but not sure where to start? Or love to cook and looking for some new recipes? Either way,Hillel Fresh is for you! Every other week you'll get either a meal kit with all of the ingredients (Newark only) or a giftcard to a grocery store to purchase the ingredients yourself. Then we'll all hop on Zoom where we'll teach you how to make a meal (or part of a meal) using those ingredients!

Israeli Foods

Have you been craving that perfect shakshuka since you’ve returned from Birthright? Or are you asking yourself, “What is a shakshuka?”. Either way, join us as we take a taste of Israel and explore the country through its cuisine! All cooking abilities welcome!

Meets virtually every other week

Led by Cassie

Jewish Foods

What exactly is Jewish food? Depending on who you ask, the answer could be anything from matzo ball soup to mimouna. Travel with us from the comfort of your own kitchen as we explore Jewish cultures, traditions, and recipes from all around the world! All cooking abilities are welcome!

Meets virtually every other week

Led by Cassie

Shabbat Foods

Get together with friends to learn some kitchen skills and how to prepare some of your favorite shabbat foods! Whether you're the cook in your family or you're just learning how to boil water, this group is for you!


Meets virtually every other Friday

Led by Rabbi Nick

How to Drink Like a Grownup

Your favorite senior event is back! Pick a theme and get together every other week over beer, wine, or soda (your choice!) to relax, discuss, and meet new people. Obviously, you have to be 21+ to have alcohol. Each group meets every other week.


Reflect on senior year and adulting from a Jewish lens while learning about beer and wine from different locales.


In person meets Thursday @ 7pm

Virtual meets Tuesday @ 7pm

Led by Rabbi Nick


Come explore the ins and outs of Israeli culture and politics through music! Each session, we'll enjoy drinks as we listen to Israeli songs and discuss how they connect to Israel today. 

Meets in person Tuesdays @ 5pm

Led by Cassie

Paint & Sip

Enjoy afternoons of creative expression with Paint & Sip! Connect with old friends and build new relationships as you design your very own masterpieces


Meets in person Monday @ 3pm 

Led by Zoe

Reality TV

The Bachelorette, Too Hot to Handle, Survivor, Below Deck. There's so much amazing (awful) reality TV. We guarantee the tea will be spilled.



Meets in person Wednesdays @ 4pm

Led by Hilary

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