Our Jewish Future
CSU Hillel is a supportive environment to make friends, be in community, and explore healthy ways to adult into the world with a Jewish connection.
Ram Kibbutz and Urban Farm
Exploring themes of self reliance, caring for the earth, understanding waste cycles and composting, chicken tending, and gardening through a Jewish lens. Volunteer with us!
Jewish Homeland Connection
Through Birthright trips, a NEW Hebrew club, Shinshinim (Israeli exchange students) at Shabbats and Israeli programming.
At CSU, the moto for care and compassion is “Rams take care of Rams”. This same mission is upheld at CSU Hillel. We are a Ramily and a home away from home for all students in the Northern Colorado region. We are here to support you on your Jewish journey and meet you where ever you are at. We offer an abundance of programming to support Jewish life on campus for personal and professional growth… and also to just to hang out and make new friends!
CSU Hillel was the first student-led organization to be certified sustainable by Hazon, the Jewish lab for sustainability. At CSU Hillel, we pride ourselves on being an ecological leader with our recycling, composting and energy efficient efforts. Spring 2020, CSU Hillel created the Ram Kibbutz to support our efforts in Tikun Olam and Sustainability Education. To find our more information on joining our Chicken Tenders, DM us on Instagram @CSUHILLEL.
*Original Artwork and Logo by Dylan Curry
In 2020, CSU President’s Office created a special Task Force to address the needs of the campus community to support Jewish students, faculty and staff. The Task Force is co-chaired by Dr. Carolin Aronis (CSU Special Advisor on Prevention of Antisemitism and a Research Fellow in the Department of Communication Studies) and Dr. Mica Glantz (Professor of Anthropology, Chair of the Department of Anthropology and Geography and Interim Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies). It includes faculty, staff, and student leaders from Hillel (including Task Force founding member and Campus Director, Mariah DeGear), Chabad, several academic departments, the office of the Vice President for Diversity, Housing, Career Services, Tech Support, Dining Services, and local Fort Collins community members.
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CSU Hillel also prides itself on being a part of the Interfaith Communities of Fort Collins and Northern Colorado: we co-sponsor and cook an annual Kosher Interfaith Friendsgiving dinner with the CSU Multifaith Partners; participate in Better Together Days by hosting students from other faiths; and welcome all students at our weekly Shabbat dinners.
A Word From Our Campus Director
Mariah AK DeGear (she/her)
Welcome to CSU Hillel! We are a Jewish experience open to ALL students interested in learning about Jewish life, wisdom, culture, sustainability, Israel and of course food!
For more information or to schedule a tour of our Merage Family Hillel House and Ram Kibbutz, please feel free to reach out – [email protected] or (970) 224-4246.Contact Me
Student Leadership Team
Amaury Minino (he/him)
After moving to Colorado alone, away from everyone he knew, Hillel was comforting and familiar.
Gabriella Gricius (she/her)
Ram Kibbutz Sustainability Program Manager / InTERFEWS National Research Traineeship
My favorite thing about Hillel is the immediately welcoming community vibe!
Leora Greene (she/her)
Her favorite part of Hillel is building a community in which people can explore their religious identity surrounded by the best people! (And, of course, the food…)
David Kott (he/him)
Favorite part of Hillel is Shabbat and hanging out with new friends!
Sarah Daniel (she/her)
Treasurer & Greek Life Liaison/SAEPI
Sarah’s favorite Hillel memory is starting the garden in the backyard of our house. She thinks it was wonderful to get to know everyone!! (Come check it out!!)
Dylan Curry (she/her)
Community Outreach Coordinator
Her favorite part about Hillel is the community and our lovely chickens!!
Marissa Cribar (she/her)
Tikun Olam Chair/Kibbutz Bakery Coordinator
Her favorite part of Hillel is getting ready to set up our kibbutz bakery!
Anya Kaplan - Harnett (she/her)
Anya loves communal cooking for Shabbat with Hillel!
Muralist and Painter - Kaylie Stenhouse 21'
Every year CSU Hillel leadership seniors do a legacy project. It is a chance for them to leave behind something from their experience at CSU Hillel. Some have left chicken coops, community book boxes, and programs that are sustainable and stand the test of time. This past year was special to say the least, and when Kaylie Stenhouse asked if she could do a mural in our Hillel house for her new business and for the class of 2021, everyone was psyched!
Inspired by her time at CSU and her time at Hilel, she has captured the emotions of fun, lightness, strength and beauty of being a CSU Ram. Graduating this past spring with a Bachelor of Arts, Kaylie majored in French and Liberal Arts. She started painting at a young age and has taken art classes throughout her life. During college she sold miniature paintings to support her education and a trip abroad to France. A semester that was unfortunately cut short due to COVID. She was actively involved in CSU Hillel and a spokesperson for the community – standing up to antisemitism and the importance of Jewish inclusion on campus.
We are so proud to be able to support Kaylie in her new business. Extra special thanks to Dr. Peter Springboard for his generosity and support of CSU Hillel and the local Fort Collins Art Community.
To have Kaylie paint your business, home, office, please contact her at:
Kaylie Stenhouse, Muralist
Email : [email protected]
Kaylie Stenhouse Contact
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