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About Hillel

What is William and Mary Balfour Hillel?

Hillel is the tight-knit Jewish student organization of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg Virginia. We have Shabbat services and dinner every Friday, events for the holidays, and a wide variety of social events, service projects, and Israel-related programs to get involved in.

How many Jewish students are at the College of William and Mary?

The Jewish population at the College is about 285 people, or approximately 2-4% of the student body.

What kind of events does William and Mary Hillel hold?

Every Friday at 6 pm, we hold Shabbat services and home-cooked dinner. On the High Holidays, we organize rides to and from local synagogues (check out which ones on our Links page!). We hold huge seders on Passover (this year, our first one had 103 people!) and cook Kosher-for-Passover meals each night of Pesach. We also work with on-campus dining services to make sure that kosher-style Passover food is served in the dining halls.

Besides holiday-related events, Hillel also hosts informational sessions we think our members would be interested in; this past year, for example, we held a meeting to educate students about their options for Birthright (a free trip to Israel offered to all Jews between the ages of 18 and 26), as well as a meeting to inform people about Judaism-related summer opportunities. We’ve also brought speakers to campus, such as Michael Levitt, who spoke on two different occasions, addressing Kabbalah, as well as the U.S. Intelligence Community. We hold movie nights, and look forward to our huge Israel Independence Day party at the end of April. Next year, we’re also hoping to start weekly conversational Hebrew classes on campus.

Location

Hillel at The College of William
CSU 4531, PO Box 8793
Williamsburg, VA 23186

Hillel Student Organization at the College of William & Mary
Hillel at The College of William
CSU 4531, PO Box 8793
Williamsburg, VA 23186