MSU Hillel is "the place to be" for more than 3,500 Jewish students at MSU. Students take ownership of Hillel as their Jewish community center on campus. Our mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Together, we are building a new generation of Jewish leaders.
To inspire every Jewish student to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life.
Why is Hillel's Mission important to the Jewish community?
It is estimated that 85 percent of college-age Jews â€” approximately 400,000 individuals â€” attend some form of institution of higher education. This makes attending college or university the most universal experience our Jewish youth embrace, surpassing participation in Shabbat, celebrating Passover and Hanukah, life events that are usually considered the most common. The Jewish community believes that the college years offer a critical opportunity to provide Jewish content to young people before they disperse to the working world. Most of these young people know little of their Jewish heritage and thus Hillel provides Jewish content at a time when young people are searching for meaning in their lives and are in danger of assimilating into the community around them.