Ask Big Questions

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I am delighted to partner with Hillel's Ask Big Questions as we continue our collective journey to leave the world better than how we found it. - Ruth Messinger, President, American Jewish World Service

Understand others. Understand yourself.

Hillel Ask Big Questions Conversation Guides Portal

Explore more than 25 Big Questions conversation guides through this portal.

Each Big Question Guide includes everything you need to start a conversation with a group of students on your campus.

Important questions have always been at the heart of the Jewish tradition. Rabbi Hillel the Elder, namesake of today’s Hillel, is most famous for asking: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? When I am for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?”

Reflecting on these and other big questions are as relevant today as they were centuries ago, for Jews and for all human beings. Big Questions are questions that matter to everyone and that everyone can answer, whatever our background or life experience. Big Questions lead to conversations where people of all ages share stories to build connection, trust and understanding.

Ask Big Questions started as a project of students and staff at Northwestern University Hillel. It has since become a leading initiative in both Jewish life and civic engagement on university campuses nationwide.

Hillels are using Ask Big Questions reflective conversations in many ways. Here are just a few examples:

  • Immersive experiences, including Birthright and alternative break trips
  • First-year student and orientation programs
  • Internship cohorts
  • Dinner and dialogue events
  • Jewish holidays
  • Interfaith programs

Hillel International’s role is to provide the methods, training, and flexible tools needed to make these discussions inclusive, fun, and meaningful, and to help professionals and students become confident conversation facilitators.

Since 2011, Ask Big Questions has helped over 300,000 people on 200 campuses and in dozens of communities to build understanding and trust through reflective conversations. Through Ask Big Questions, Hillel is creating a new language for Jewish life and human experience.

Ready to start meaningful, reflective conversations on your campus? Want to participate in a training? Have questions about getting started? Contact Leah Siskin Moz, Associate Director of Dialogue and Inclusion, lmoz@hillel.org.