About Us

Hillel at Sarah Lawrence College is the hub of Jewish life on campus.  This despite the 2010 Princeton Review which ranks Sarah Lawrence College as the "least religious college in the nation." With committed students and dedicated staff, Hillel has grown from a small handful of students to a vibrant and growing presence on campus served by two professionals, and a student leadership board (the “Va’ad Squad”).

At Hillel, we seek to address all aspects of Jewish life.  Hillel offers opportunities to take part in Jewish education, Israel programs, tzedek (social justice) efforts, and Jewish prayer and festival celebrations.  Sarah Lawrence students have dedicated their Spring Breaks for the last three years to repairing homes in the 9th district in New Orleans after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.

Hillel at Sarah Lawrence College offers creative celebrations of Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Chanukah, Tu B'Shevat, Purim, Pesach, Yom HaShoah, Yom Ha Atzmaut and Lag B'Omer.  These observances, combined with regular tzedek, Israel, Social and Study programs, have resulted in the fact that Hillel is now the most active student organization at SLC.

Just as the Sarah Lawrence community is often engaged in difficult or controversial issues, so too does Hillel at SLC take on the areas of Jewish life that students may find challenging.  Past programs and discussions include “The Myth of Biblical Homophobia,” and Praying in Her Own Voice, a documentary about women’s prayer groups at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Hillel has come to be known campus-wide for these events, including our regular Midnight Run event, where we bring food and clothing to the homeless poor of New York City, and our monthly kosher Shabbat dinners.  We also inaugurated our “Trick-or-Eat” program, visiting our neighbors in Bronxville to collect not candy, but non-perishable items for the local food pantry.  (OK, some of us took some candy – but not that much . . .)

Hillel at Sarah Lawrence offers regular Shabbat evening services the first and third friday of every month.

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