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.
Tikun Olam in practice!
Hebrew for "repairing the world", at CSU Hillel we pride ourselves in being stewards for the earth and caring about our community.
Ram Kibbutz Urban Farm
Exploring the natural world through a Jewish lens with themes of self reliance, composting, waste sustainability, chicken tending, gardening and just enjoying being outside in Colorado!
Connecting to our Jewish ancestral homeland
CSU Hillel led Birthright Trips and Israel/Middle East Education is an important part of our NOCO Jewish community.
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 is an integral part of the Interfaith Communities of Fort Collins and Northern Colorado: we co-sponsor and cook an annual Kosher Interfaith Feast dinner with the CSU Multifaith Partners; participate in Better Together Days by hosting students from other faiths; and welcome ALL students interested in learning about Jewish life to our weekly Shabbat dinners.
As university communities continue to be challenged by antismetism, CSU Hillel and Northern Colorado Jewish organizations are on the forefront working with our allies and friends in the community and supporting efforts in all areas of Jewish education. This programming includes, 25 years of Holocaust Awareness Week on campus every March, on-campus antisemitism and Jewish inclusion trainings for professionals and students, solid communication with campus security and Fort Collins/Larimer County Police departments, new classes every semester offered at CSU by Jewish and non-Jewish academics, and a healthy network of campus administration, faculty, staff and mental health providers to ensure that we are doing everything to make Jewish students feel empowered to be Jewish on campus. For more info, please feel free to reach out to Mariah DeGear, Campus Director for more info on our efforts.
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.
A Word From Our Campus Director
Mariah AK DeGear
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.
Marissa Cribar (she/her)
President / Event Coordinator Intern
Marissa's favorite part of Hillel is getting ready to set up our kibbutz bakery!
Rachel Geisser (she/her)
Rachel loves being a part of the Jewish community at CSU!
David Kott (he/him)
David's favorite part of Hillel is Shabbat and hanging out with new friends!
Sarah Daniel (she/her)
Treasurer & Greek Life
Sarah’s favorite part of Hillel is the garden in the backyard of our house.
Talia Byrne-Habor (she/they)
Ram Kibbutz Internship
Talia loves Hillel for all of the opportunities it offers anyone who comes!
Zoe Sernovitz (she/they)
Ram Kibbutz Internship
Zoe's favorite part of Hillel is having a space to celebrate and explore my Jewish identity.
Josh Geisser (he/him)
Josh loves being able to lead services and play Jewish music for CSU Hillel!
Dylan Curry (she/her)
Dylan's favorite part about Hillel is the community and our lovely chickens!!
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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