The Barbara Hochberg Center for Jewish Student Life opened in the summer of 2009. The new ‘green’ Hillel features 30,000 square feet of program space including the full service kosher restaurant, Adamah Neighborhood Table, open to the public, a beautiful library, fitness center, outdoor sport court and many rooms for meetings and events. Hillel rents space out to the general public for any size event, including full service kosher catering which is available on-site or delivered.
Hillel, The Jewish Student Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, serves over 5,000 Jewish students and faculty. Hillel provides a home and support to over 20 independent student organizations. Every expression of Jewish life is represented: religious, cultural, political, traditional and alternative. Hillel enables University of Wisconsin Jewish students to have a voice in their community – to meet other Jewish students and to develop a genuine Jewish identity as they move into adulthood.
Hillel offers a variety of educational programs, such as lectures, a film series, weekly Torah study, Hebrew Roundtable, and a course on Jewish spirituality.
During the academic year, Hillel offers social activities for students and faculty of the UW-Madison. In addition, students and community groups use Hillel’s building for informal gatherings and for Friday night meals.
During its annual Israel Film Festival, UW Hillel features 5-10 new and recent Israeli films that are free and available to the general public.
Hillel’s library, available to all, has a general collection of fiction and non-fiction in English, available for 2-week checkout. The library is open at all hours when the building is open.
Call for information about the kosher Passover Seder or home hospitality at local seders.
UW Hillel offers many Israel programs and trips to Israel including Birthright, MadPac, ICE (Israel Cultural Experience), Kavanah, and the Israel-Madison Entrepreneurship Group. For more information about Israel programs, contact Hillel's Shaliach (Israel Program Coordinator) at 608-256-8361.
Challah for Hunger: The UW-Madison chapter is a registered student group that will bake 100 loaves each week and proceeds from the weekly challah baking have gone to AJWS's Sudan Relief and Advocacy Fund as well as a local organization of the group's choosing. Purchase challah at www.uwhillel.org, Fresh Madison Market or McTaggerts. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-256-8361.
Alternative Break Programs: Hillel’s Alternative Break trips provide the opportunity to give back to the global community, while making connections with other UW students. Hillel’s trips are designed to be an immersive experience - past UW Hillel Alternative Break include Israel, Argentina, Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans and Rwanda. For more information contact Hillel’s shaliach at 608-256-8361.
UW Hillel Badger Volunteers meets once a week at MSCR-Mendota, through the Morgridge Center Badger Volunteers Program.
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