How many Jewish students are there at William and Mary?
There are approximately 500 Jewish undergraduate students at the College of William and Mary, about 9% of the undergraduate student population. In addition, there are approximately 100 Jewish graduate students.
What kind of programs does W&M Hillel organize?
W&M Hillel runs a wide array of programs designed to enhance the Jewish awareness of our students including spiritual, cultural, historic, and Israel-based programming. Our student board, which works in cooperation with our Hillel Director, plans programs, events, and holiday celebrations that are open to the entire Jewish university student population. Students are encouraged to pursue their ideas, take the initiative, as well as get involved with existing projects and committees. Check the Calendar page or the W&M Hillel Facebook Page for updates.
How do students get involved with Hillel? Are there membership fees?
Any student on campus can participate in W&M Hillel sponsored events. There are no membership fees and students are encouraged to plan and/or attend as few or as many programs and activities as they wish. Programs are supported by Parents, Alumni and the Jewish community of Williamsburg-Newport News.
Is there kosher dining on campus?
There is currently no kosher meal plan. However, there are plans to begin a meal plan for the fall of 2019 semester.
What are holiday observances and celebrations like at W&M Hillel?
W&M Hillel offers a full program of services and meals for the High Holidays, Passover, and other festivals and holidays. During Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, services are held and meals are offered including dinners and pre-fast and break-fast meals on Yom Kippur. In addition, we host Seders on the first and second nights of Passover. Other holidays are celebrated with programs, services, and dinners depending on where they fall during the academic calendar.
How can I support the W&M Hillel?
W&M Hillel relies on generous donors to support our on-going programming. By investing in the Jewish future of our students, we are investing in the wider Jewish community. Please contact Rabbi Gershon Litt for more information concerning the donation process.
How is Hillel connected to the University community?
William and Mary Hillel frequently supports other groups on campus to enrich the lives of our jewish community. For example, we host a booth at W&M Pride and attend and support interfaith events run by all religious groups on campus.