Hillel Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Thanks for joining us at Hillel's Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Monday August 3, 2020. Your participation in Hillel golf helped us to be there for our 2,000 students around Denver and Fort Collins when they need us more than ever. Save the date for next year’s tournament - Monday 07/26/2021.
Colorado State University Hillel serves students with traditional programming such as Shabbat dinners, holiday celebrations, social justice initiatives, and religious and social programs; leadership programs to train the Jewish leaders of tomorrow; and Israel programs including Birthright Israel travel opportunities and Israel education, dialogue, and advocacy.
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. With the pandemic this past spring 2020, CSU Hillel created the Ram Kibbutz to support our efforts in Tikun Olam and Sustainability Education.
*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 Kornberg-DeGear), Chabad, several academic departments, the office of the Vice President for Diversity, Housing and Dining Services, and a representative of the Fort Collins community
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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.
Our core student-led staff-supported programming is built on traditional Jewish practices such as Kabbalat Shabbat, Friday evening dinner, holiday celebrations, Jewish learning, social justice initiatives, and religious and social programs.
A Word From Our Campus Director
Mariah Kornberg-DeGear (she/her/hers)
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
Leora Greene (she/her/hers)
I get to help build a Jewish community for every student, no matter where they are in their Jewish journey!
Kota Babcock (he/him/his)
I'm excited to help build students' connection to Jewish life at CSU and support them through this hybrid semester.
Hannah Kramer (she/her/hers)
I love being able to support and give back to my Jewish community on campus.
Yael Wallen (she/her/hers)
I really enjoy helping others learn more about Judaism!
Sarah Daniel (she/her/hers)
SAEpi Liason and Greek Chair
I'm excited to be the liaison for Hillel and SAEPi so I can help connect and learn more about the Jewish community at CSU!
Marissa Cribar (she/her/hers)
Tikun Olam Chair
I’m excited to be a part of Hillel leadership because I want to learn and teach others the more mystical aspects of Judaism that don’t get as much attention as others!
Anya Kaplan-Harnett (she/her/hers)
Ram Kibbutz Chair
I'm excited to learn more about sustainability and make the kibbutz a welcoming place for everyone!
Dylan Curry (she/her/hers)
Cultural and Community Relations Chair and in house Graphic Artist
I love being Jewish and participating in community. I'm passionate about my Jewish journey and helping others along theirs. Being a part of Hillel allows me to do both.
Ram Kibbutz Sustainability Program Lead
Julia Rosenwald (she/her/hers/they/them)
I am a graduate student at CSU passionate about sustainability, gardening, and mentoring and guiding Jewish students through their Jewish journeys during their college careers. During my own undergrad experience at Franklin & Marshall College Hillel, I found my mentors and friendships that had, and continue to have, a huge positive impact on my life. I can only hope that I can provide that role for the Jewish (and non-Jewish) students at CSU and beyond.
This past summer (2020), in the wake of COVID-19, I happened to hear of three chickens that needed a home. After approaching Mariah Kornberg-DeGear, the CSU Hillel Director, and we decided to take a risk, clean up an old chicken coop we had in the Hillel house’s yard, and create our Ram Kibbutz! It was a steep learning curve but after a few months we have healthy chickens that produced our first eggs this past summer and fall. Using those eggs, we were able to make delicious matzo ball soup that was delivered to students in lieu of being able to have Shabbat dinner together. It was so much fun to be able to take our harvest and turn it into a homemade delicious meal!
This fall semester we have had a few events to create a sustainable community with our undergraduate students. We set up a compost system, cleared some weeds and thorny areas of the yard, used the eggs in our meals, and upgraded the chicken coop with the help of our volunteers, the “Chicken Tenders”! Now our Ram Kibbutz is going to expand! Thanks to the incredible fundraiser this past November, we are planning on adding a shed and picnic tables to foster a place for students to relax and hang out safely during COVID-19 while engaging in sustainability and taking care of themselves spiritually, mentally, and physically. We also have plans for a vegetable and herb garden, as well as native grasses and flowers to encourage pollinators! We are so excited to see what the Chicken Tenders and our little Ram Kibbutz do next!
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