Hillel at Virginia Tech is a dynamic organization fully integrated into campus life. Hillel is no longer simply “the synagogue” on campus. Its programs allow students to express and further explore their Jewishness in new and meaningful ways. Hillel effectively serves all Jewish college students with any interest in Jewish life, values, culture, and education, regardless of affiliation or level of observance.
With more than 2,000 Jewish College students in the area, Hillel offers students the means to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity in a dynamic and comfortable environment. Each year, Hillel connects students to their community, their peers, and their heritage through an array of social, cultural and community service programs.
Some of Hillel’s many activities include:
- Outdoor programs including bagel brunches, camping trips, and bonfires
- Community Service & Alternative Breaks
- Freshfest New Member Orientation
- Paid Internship Opportunities
- Sporting events
- Israel programs, including Birthright Israel-Hillel’s free trip to Israel
- Holiday and Shabbat programs
- Professional networking opportunities
- Trips to theaters and museums
- Jewish Awareness Month
- Jewish Film Festival
- Daniel Pearl Music Day
- MAZON and Tzedek initiatives
Framed by the Jewish imperatives of tzedakah (righteousness), gemilut chasadim (acts of loving kindness), and tikkun olam (repair of the world). Hillel engages and empowers students in meaningful public service and encourages creative thinking when addressing social justice issues. In the process of bringing about meaningful social change, participants grow intellectually and spiritually.
Every semester, we incorporate Tzedek into our programs. Some of our projects include “Movies and Mitvah” during Jewish Awareness Month, helping at a local food pantry, and visiting websites whose sponsors donate food to underprivileged nations by our simply clicking a button. Community service does not have to be time-consuming, difficult, or boring. As Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”