What is a Local Hillel?

Students celebrate Shabbat.

A student’s involvement with Hillel is one of the strongest predictors of future Jewish leadership – stronger than Jewish day school enrollment, Jewish camp experiences, or membership in a Jewish youth group. As the leading authority on Jewish campus life, Hillel reaches, engages, and equips tomorrow’s leaders today. -Avi Chai Foundation Study, 2010




Each year, hundreds of thousands of college students find community, create Jewish connections and build leadership skills through their local Hillel. Hillel recognizes that college is a natural time for exploration and identity formation, and local Hillels rely on leadership, motivated students and demonstrated university support to create positive Jewish memories for scores of students.

Hillels at colleges, universities and in communities around the world range from those that serve thousands of Jewish students, through a full complement of leadership and resources, to those that are smaller, either led by campus professionals or students with support from an advisor.

Hillel’s Charles and Lynn Schusterman International Center, Hillel’s headquarters, located in Washington, DC, partners with each Hillel in our network to ensure that we achieve our mission of “enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.”

Hillel engages with and inspires the leadership of more Jewish college students than all other endeavors combined. We know that 90% of Jews in the United States go to college, and with a rich and diverse Hillel network, we are proud to be serving them at more than 550 colleges and universities worldwide.