Hillel at Rider University is one of the most active student groups on campus. Rider University Hillel provides students with the opportunities to become part of a welcoming community while maintaining and strengthening a connection to their Jewish heritage. Hillel meets at least once a week and provides many religious, social and cultural programs throughout the semester. Traditional religious programs, celebrations, and social and cultural include: €¢ Shabbat dinner and services €¢ Special holiday meals such as dinner in the Sukkah,Passover Seder, Yom Kippur break-the fast €¢ Chanukah party, €¢ Campus-wide Purim carnival. €¢ Kristallnacht and Yom Hoshoah programs sponsored by the Julius and Dorothy Koppelman Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center located on Riderâ€™s campus. €¢ Bagel brunches €¢ Movies (e.g. €œOne Survivors Storyâ€ and €œPaper Clipsâ€) , €¢ Challah baking, ice cream socials, Jewish comedians Trips: Sometimes in coordination with students from other area hillels, Rider students take trips to important destinations such as the the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. Tzedakah is a very important value for our Hillel. Every year we collect clothes, prepare food and feed the homeless in Manhattan as well as conduct a variety of fundraising and social action activities. Students are most proud of their bone marrow drive which collected 100 samples. Services: Some students attend the conservative synagogue, just across the street from our campus. The rabbi serves as Hillelâ€™s religious leader and provides opportunities for students to teach Hebrew school or work with their youth group. The local Chabad also has a presence on campus.