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UNC Chapel Hill Board Fall 2013 

UNC-CH Hillel is a community of undergraduate and graduate students that want to engage, learn, and celebrate Jewish life.  UNC-CH Hillel offers a variety of ways to allow students to explore any part of Judaism that interests them; from study of the Torah to religious holidays to social justice to Israel.  There are approximately 1300 Jewish students at UNC-CH (950 undergraduates, 350 graduates).  Our wonderful building, which is located close to campus, offers a space for everyone and everything that students want to plan and attend.  We offer a library, a sitting area with comfy couches and a fireplace, two sanctuaries, a kosher dining hall, a game room (complete with tv, foosball, and a pool table), and an office full of Hillel staff members waiting to help students fulfill their ambitions!  Students are welcome to stop by Hillel anytime during the week, even when there are no “official” events.  We want Hillel to be a place for you to deepen your connection with Judaism and to experience being a part of a welcoming campus community.

One of the most cherished events at UNC-CH’s Hillel is the weekly Shabbat services and dinner.  Students gather at Hillel (210 W. Cameron Ave) at 6:15pm on Fridays for a pluralistic Shabbat experience.  The joy of Shabbat is felt through singing, meeting new people, lighting the candles and d’var torah (a piece of cool Jewish learning shared by a new student each week).  Then there are 3 student-led services to choose from: Reform, Conservative and Alternative Discussion. A delicious free kosher dinner follows services at 7:30pm. (Besides Shabbat dinner, UNC-CH Hillel does not regularly offer kosher dining except for on certain holidays like Rosh Hashanah, Passover, etc).  Students are welcome to come to services, dinner, or both!  Remember to RSVP here.

UNC-CH’s Hillel also works closely with other student groups on campus.  We have partnerships with AEPi (the Jewish fraternity), SRL (the Jewish sorority), Project Dinah (a women’s empowerment group), GBLTSA (a group devoted to empowering the LGBTIQ community), and more. We would love to offer Hillel's building and services to other organizations.  If you’re interested in reserving a room for an event, please fill out the room reservation form here.  

If you’re interested in other facets of Jewish studies at UNC-CH, visit the Carolina Center of Jewish Studies, which was created in spring 2003.  This center offers a Jewish Studies and a Hebrew Minor. Students can take a variety of courses on Judaism, Jewish History and Culture, as well as others to satisfy the minor or for their free electives.

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