Denison's Jewish student organization kicks off each year by welcoming new students with a Cookies and Candles Shabbat during August orientation. Following this initial event, Hillel offers a home-cooked Shabbat dinner in Denisonâ€™s Open House for Religious and Spiritual Life every Friday night during the academic year. In addition to weekly Shabbat programming, we celebrate all of the major Jewish holidays. Each year we bring a Rabbi to campus to lead High Holiday services, as well as offer a community Rosh Hashanah dinner and a Yom Kippur break-fast meal. We build a Sukkah together on our academic quad to celebrate Sukkot, and our annual Latke Fest is our most popular event of the year during Hanukkah! We celebrate Purim by getting together and retelling the Megillah story in a fun and informal way, and a community Passover Seder is led by Denison Hillel leaders annually.
Although the Jewish student population is a relative small portion (approximately 5%) of the entire student body at Denison, outstanding student leadership, a part-time professional advisor, and unity within the Hillel organization and affiliation with the campus Religious and Spiritual Life office allow for a positive support system and assure that individual student needs are met.
Denison Hillel is looking to grow Jewish life at Denison, and staff/faculty invested in the group are in the midst of getting a Jewish Studies course taught at Denison, meeting Kashruth needs on campus, and connecting with the larger Columbus Jewish Community. Weâ€™re small but mighty, and ready to grow mightier.