Since its construction in 2014, Zachs Hillel House has become the center of Jewish life at Connecticut College, a home away from home for Jewish students and a space for related intercultural programming for the entire campus community. Connecticut College Hillel welcomes students of all backgrounds and interests and helps them to explore and foster their Jewish identities. To that end, we sponsor religious, social and educational programming throughout the academic year.
Weekly Shabbat dinners are the primary focus of Conn Coll Hillel. Every Friday night, students, faculty and staff come together to celebrate Shabbat as a community. Each week there is variation in cuisine from Home-Cooked to Pizza or Sushi and a diverse array of themed programming, such as Environmental, A Capella and Pride Shabbat; monthly Kabbalat Shabbat services are led by students. In conjunction with the professional staff, Conn Coll Hillel provides holiday programming, including High Holy Day services, a Yom Kippur break-fast, Sukkah building and meals, Chanukah and Purim parties and a Passover Seder. Hillel students also participate in the local Jewish Federationâ€™s Yom HaShoah and Yom HaAtzmaut observances.
To do our part towardsTikkun Olam, Conn Coll Hillel sponsors monthly â€œBagel Brunches for a Better Worldâ€ and works with Habitat for Humanity. Through discussions and programming -- by our local Young Emissaries from Israel and about Birthright Israel -- students are encouraged to create their own unique relationships with Israel.
Connecticut College recently created a Jewish Studies minor. Zachs Hillel House also co-sponsors lectures, exhibits and performances centered around Jewish issues and Israel with academic departments, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut.