University of Denver Hillel
At the DU Hillel, we help Jewish students to find their Jewish home-away-from-home and inspire students to find and fall in love with their Jewish identity.
We recognize that college is a fun and also stressful time for students. For all student's needs we aim to provide support. From mental well being to combating antisemitism, we are here for you.
Find YOUR Judaism
Here at Hillel, we explore various ways to engage with Judaism. Our programming goes beyond services to explore rest and connection through means of learning, art, outdoor activities, and even yoga!
Denver University Hillel is a proud part of Hillel of Colorado – which also includes the Colorado State Hillel – serving 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 programs.
At DU Hillel’s home-away-from-home we offer our students lots of ways to engage Jewishly.
From Shabbat dinners, holiday, celebrations, Social Justice programs; and Leadership Development opportunities were always cultivating our community!
Join us every Friday night at the Merage & Allon DU Hillel Center (and virtually during COVID-19) for a short, student-led Kabbalat Shabbat service, dinner, and community experience: our amazing students take the lead in planning and implementing all of our programs.
Together with our student leaders, we are now working on programs that are creative, fun and safe during the time of COVID-19. Stay tuned for updates on our website calendar and social media.
It is for good reason that the Jewish people are called – “People of the Book”. Learning is a core value in Judaism, so at Hillel we offer learning groups on engaging topics such as:
- Israel: its beauty and challenges; sign up for Israel Explorers Fellowship or come to Israel with DU
- Judaism: Dilemmas and questions coming up while connecting our modern life with ancient wisdom;
- check out our weekly Tid Bits of Torah to learn the parshat of the week from our Director
- Tikun Olam and personal wellness: Using Jewish law and custom to care for ourselves and our surroundings.
- Be a part of our Winter Wellness Cohort
- Join our Green Team to engage in learning and action around eco-Judaism
Join us for our next program!
Join us for our next program!
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.
At the DU Hillel, we have some awesome ongoing programming. Sign up for more information!
Israel Explorers Fellowship: Israel Through Netflix
Join Hillel and Israel Emissary Itai Davinsky as we get into the depths of Israeli culture, politics, and life through the lens of films and TV shows. This program will run Mondays 6:30-8 pm October 4 – November 15. Upon completion, students will receive a $100 stipend.
Questions: reach out to Lily at firstname.lastname@example.org or 7134715171 Interested? Sign up here!
Birthright with DU Hillel
Want to climb mountains, float in seas, and explore your Jewish Identity? Birthright Israel is right for you!! Come with Hillel this winter break December 20-31st. Sign up NOW to secure your spot!
Our Hillel is dedicated to being a sustainable organization. Join our Green Team to help decide and implement the strategies to do so! Be a part of the solution, sign up here.
Interested in learning more about the ancient text that makes us Jewish? Lets learn together! reach out to DU Director Lily Gross at email@example.com or 7134715171 for more information on weekly Torah Study!
A Word From Our Campus Director
Shalom – I say this not only as a “Hello” but also as a wish for peace to you. We live in an ever-changing world of ups and downs and I am grateful to have the opportunity to help you find your way through them in the flow of college. Through learning, song, food, and of course community we at our DU Hillel explore how our ancient Jewish traditions can be applied to the modern world!
As the Director of Jewish Student Life, I am excited to embark on the journey of Jewish exploration with the University of Denver Hillel student body. I look forward to getting to know you, so please reach out! I am only an email, phone call, or text message away to share a “shalom”.Contact Me
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Today’s Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Pepper
Our March student spotlight is our amazing student Pepper! Born in St Louis, she came to The University of Denver 4 years ago to enjoy the natural beauty and study it! She is working towards getting her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science to pursue her passions in Sustainability.
Her time at DU has been centered around making her communities more environmentally sustainable. She has worked at the The Center for Sustainability all 4 years at DU on their food team, tackling food insecurity at DU. She is also the Head of our Hillel Green Team, helping make our community more sustainable! Having the opportunity for her to apply her learning around sustainability and connect it all to her Jewish values through leading programming has been fun and fulfilling throughout her time at DU.
In her last quarters at DU she is truly setting a legacy in helping create sustainable changes at our home-away-from-home. If you want to connect with Pepper, reach out! Lets chat eco-judaism together and be inspired by Pepper!Read More
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