A welcoming community!
Hillel students come from all types of backgrounds and all different parts of the country and the world. Students active in Hillel play a myriad of roles on campus. They play varsity sports, act in theatre productions, participate in the Greek system, are active in student government, and perform countless hours of community service. For many, Judaism is a vital part of their lives. For others, the social facets of Jewish life at Dartmouth are what draw them to Hillel. Hillel’s doors are open to anyone, so we encourage every one of you to explore all that we have to offer.
Dartmouth Hillel is intent on building a vibrant Jewish community; one which is dedicated to improving the quality of Jewish life on campus and in the Upper Valley. We try to offer a wide array of opportunities and programs for a wide range of Jewish interests.
Some of the programming is obviously geared towards religious purposes. For example, students lead Friday night services every week which is followed by a popular student-cooked dinner. Also, we provide services for all of the major holidays, including a tremendous Passover Seder that on average draws 250+ people each year. We try to base religious programming on accommodating a variety of forms of Judaism: Conservative, Reform, and Orthodox.
A significant part of our programming focuses on social activities. Some of these programs include weekends at cabins, movie nights, bowling, comedy and acappella shows, Superbowl parties, and intramural sports teams.
Additionally, Dartmouth Hillel provides many educational and community outreach opportunities. We frequently bring speakers to lecture on a variety of issues. One of the major highlights was having former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak come speak at the Roth Center. More recently, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Chair of the Department of Bioethics at The Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health, came to campus for an open discussion with students, faculty, and community members regarding medical ethics.
Dartmouth Hillel has also made an extremely concerted effort to promote community service. In past years, we have run several tremendous service trips. One of the trips was a trip to El Salvador with a few other Hillels in the U.S. as an alternative spring break (ASB). In 2009, a group from Hillel went on an ASB to continue helping New Orleans rebuild in the post-Katrina aftermath. In 2010, Hillel launched a brand new ASB to Israel, where students helped remodel a school in Hof HaCarmel outside Haifa. And yearly over the past decade, in conjunction with the Tucker Foundation and the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College, a group of students have traveled as part of Project Preservation to Eastern Europe to restore a Jewish cemetery that had been desecrated during the Holocaust.
Dartmouth Hillel thus endeavors to provide different outlets for students.