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Ursinus Hillel is the center for Jewish student activities on campus. In our cozy house with a fully-equipped kosher kitchen, we gather weekly to cook and celebrate Shabbat dinner, monthly for a Sunday Bagel Brunch, and for all the Jewish holidays. We bring speakers on a variety of topics, sponsor cultural trips to Philadelphia and New York, and learn about Jewish topics every other Thursday during lunch at Wismer. If you have a Judaism related event that you want to see happen on campus, or if you just want to learn more about the Jewish religion, Hillel is the place to be. We welcome students of all backgrounds, Jewish or otherwise.

Everyone is welcome to all events, regardless of background. For questions or to RSVP to an event, contact Rabbi Michael,

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"From Debutantes to Good Citizens: The Jewish Sorority Experience in America" Olin 107

Monday, October 6th, 4:30-5:30 pm, Olin 107

“From Debutantes to Good Citizens: The Jewish Sorority Experience in America," a talk by Dr. Shira Kohn.

In the postwar decades of the 1940s-1960s, sororities were often stereotypically seen as debutant training grounds and as avenues to meeting eligible men. Dr. Kohn’s talk will challenge this idea, discussing the particular experience of Jewish sorority women. She will explore how sororities fostered both their “Jewishness” and their “American-ness,” enabling them to navigate the route to more involved citizenship in the twentieth century.

Sukkot with Ursinus Hillel!

October 8th - October 15th, in our sukkah (harvest booth) behind Hillel House

Exact description of event(s) TBA

Yom Kippur concluding service

the evening of Saturday, October 4th, Hillel House

Mark the end of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, with the Ursinus community.

Rosh Hashana service

the evening of Wednesday, September 24th, Hillel House

Welcome the Jewish New Year with a participatory service. All are welcome. Transliteration and explanations provided.

Hillel Board meeting

Wednesdays, 12:15-1:15, Hillel House

Anyone interested in helping to envision and realize vibrant Jewish life at Ursinus is welcome!

Lunch and Learn

Tuesdays, 11:30-12:30, Wismer

Come for a lively discussion. No prior knowledge required.

Food Blogger and Culinary Historian Twitty Presents ‘Slave Cook to Activist’

Michael Twitty, a culinary historian of African American Foodways and a committed Jew, will speak on “Culinary Justice and Food Sovereignty”  on Monday, February 24 at 7:00 pm in Pfahler Auditorium. Details>


Check out this great article about how we are preparing for Rosh Hashanah!

Shana Tova everyone!

We wish you a good and sweet year.

Here is a story on Ursinus Hillel, the Office of Sustainability, and the Bees at the Organic Farm!  Yes, it really does relate to Rosh Hashanah.


Michael Ramberg
Rabbi Michael Ramberg
, Campus Rabbi and Hillel Director, would love to meet you.  Learn more about Rabbi Michael>


Since Carly Freedman graduated with a joint Environmental Studies and Biology major in December of 2010, she has been on a peripatetic farming journey that has taken her across the country and across the world. 

At Ursinus she was president of Hillel, so it’s no surprise that many of her adventures have involved creating intentional Jewish communities.  I caught up with her in Cheltenham at a Korean soup restaurant.  Here is some of what she had to say about her farming, Jewish life, and the link between the two. Read More>