Being Jewish at High Point University
Nearly 150 students at High Point University identify as Jewish, a number that grows each year. Jewish students at High Point come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some come from families that have made Judaism an integral part of their lives, while others may have little to no tradition of practicing Judaism. The community is comprised of students who come from families with two Jewish parents and others from families with one Jewish parent. There are also non-Jewish students who have become interested in Jewish culture, history and theology. All students are welcome at our events, and a number of Jewish faculty members are also active participants in the community.
The Jewish students feel very welcomed at High Point University. It has a dedicated religious life team, comprised of Faculty, Staff and many students that play an integral part in creating and fostering a spiritually-sound and inclusive community. Over the summer of 2015, the University was recognized by the Interfaith Youth Core as interfaith Rookie of the Year.
Hillel is the center for Jewish Life on campus. The organization hosts a monthly Bagel Brunch and Shabbat Dinner, as well as programming relevant to Jewish holidays and observances. Some of the annual highlights include:
- The Passover Seder, which started in April, 2015. The program was attended by many Jewish students, organizations invested in the interfaith community and students that were interested in learning about the Jewish holiday. Together, they took part in a traditional Seder and interacted over the significance of the holiday and how its themes translate to the campus at large.
- The Hanukkah Celebration has been a High Point University tradition for five years. The event was hosted at the campus' steak house, catering fine dining to the students on campus. Students gathered to share the story of Hanukkah, light the Hanukiah, play ample rounds of dreidel and delight in the 5-star take on the traditional foods served during Hanukkah.
- In Honor of International Holocaust Awareness Day, a survivor local to the city of High Point spoke at the University's auditorium about his experiences during the Second World War.