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It's almost as hard being the parent of a college student, as it is to be the student.
For 18 years you raised your child, imparting values, worrying about school and late nights. Now, your child is away, and you worry about your child's friends and choices.
UD Hillel creates a Jewish community on campus to support your child. The majority of Jewish students attend our programs during their years at Delaware. But whether or not he comes to services, whether or not she takes the free trip to Israel, whether or not he comes to our educational programs, we are here. We advocate for Jewish students on campus and we create a community among Jewish students who become lifelong friends.
HOW MANY JEWISH UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS ARE THERE ON CAMPUS? WHAT IS JEWISH LIFE LIKE HERE AT UD?
There are approximately 2000 Jewish students at UD, about 10% of the undergraduate population. Jewish students are an active, dynamic part of both Hillel and the campus community. Jewish student are involved in leadership roles in many of UD's student organizations. There exist many opportunities for a student to become active in Jewish life-from culture to Israel advocacy to social justice to religious life-and students are always encouraged to pursue their own innovations and ideas.
WHERE IS HILLEL LOCATED?
The Abe and Pearl Kristol Center (Hillel) is located at 47 W Delaware Ave, across the street from the Trabant University Center parking garage.
HOW CONNECTED IS HILLEL TO THE REST OF THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY?
In the past 4 years Hillel has developed an excellent relationship with the University and its administration. From the offices of student life, admissions and many University professors to dynamic programming, co-sponsorship of events, and the involvement of active students in many other University areas, Hillel has grown within UD.
WHAT KIND OF STUDENT PROGRAMS AND GROUPS DOES HILLEL SPONSOR ON CAMPUS?
There are a wide variety of student groups sponsored by the KC Hillel. Students are encouraged to pursue their ideas, take the initiative, as well as get involved with existing projects and groups. Visit the Student Groups page on this site for more information about each group.
WHAT'S THIS I HEAR ABOUT A FREE 10 DAY TRIP TO ISRAEL?
It's true, UD Hillel participates in the Taglit-Birthright Israel: Hillel trip. Taglit-Birthright Israel is an innovative partnership between the people of Israel through the Government of Israel, private philanthropists through the Birthright Israel Foundation and Jewish communities around the world (North American Jewish Federations, Keren Hayesod, and The Jewish Agency for Israel).” Check out our Taglit-Birthright Israel page!
DOES UD HILLEL OFFER ANY COMMUNITY SERVICE OR TZEDEK OPPORTUNITIES?
Yes, our largest community service programs are our Alternative Break trips. These programs take students to the Gulf Coast to do Katrina Relief work or as far as Uruguay to build homes in impoverished sections of the country. Check out our Alternative Break page for more information!
WHAT KIND OF SHABBAT PROGRAMMING DO YOU PROVIDE?
There are two regular Friday night services in the Reform and Conservative traditions, all student led. Services are followed by a free dinner at Hillel which this semester have seen nearly 70 students each week. New to Hillel are frequent themed Shabbats - no reason to make Shabbat the same old baked chicken and prayers.
IS THERE A KOSHER MEAL PLAN ON CAMPUS?
We are very excited to share that kosher dining will be coming to the University of Delaware when the new residential dining hall opens in Fall 2015. Check out our Kosher Dining page for more information.