Smith College Hillel has been a part of the Smith campus since the 1940s. It began as a joint Hillel with Amherst College but has been independent of Amherst since 2010. However, it is possible for students to enjoy Jewish events and/or services at the other four colleges (Amherst, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke). Also, due to the 5 College Consortium, students are able to take advantage of Jewish Studies classes at all five colleges, especially with free public transportation.Of particular note is a Yiddish Interterm class offered by Smith and Hampshire at the National Yiddish Book Center (located on Hampshire College). The Pioneer Valley hosts a Jewish Film Festival that allows students to see (most of) their films for free. The local (conservative egalitarian) synagogue near Smith College, Congregation B'nai Israel, welcomes all students to attend any of their events or services, and a large group of Smith students always attend their Yom Kippur services (though the college hosts Rosh Hashanah).At Smith, there are two distinct Jewish student groups. Hillel and Smith Israel Alliance (chartered in '05). Students are welcome to be a part of either or both club(s). Hillel, in addition to providing events for all Jewish holidays during the school year, also hosts secular, educational events such as Hillel@Noon (where a guest comes in and speaks informally with students) and Big Sib/Lil Sib week, where first year students are paired up with an older student who showers them with gifts before revealing themselves at our Big Reveal, complete with ice cream and silly games.