Student Programs

Taglit-Birthright Israel

Hillel at Miami sponsors a spring/summer trip to Israel through Taglit-Birthright Israel. Taglit-Birthright Israel is an organization and international program that helps to provide a free Israel experience. This trip is fully subsidized by Jewish philanthropists, the Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the State of Israel. It is open to students ages 18-26. If you are interested in this remarkable experience contact Marcy.


Alternative Breaks

Alternative breaks are “…much more than memorable volunteer trips...they can be a powerful catalyst for a transformed world view and developing an identity and understanding of lifelong active citizenship.” (Breaking Away) Each year Hillel offers students two immersive experiences to gain insight about a particular social issue, accomplish needed tasks pertaining to the issue, and explore and question their perspective of or place in society.


WISE Winter Break Trip

WISE (winter immersion service experience) is an annual trip for the Scholar Leader Living Learning community and is currently co-sponsored by Hillel. Students study a particular societal issue and take the leadership role to plan and organize this alternative winter trip. The trip is designed to help students explore the chosen issue utilizing various community leaders, experts and service projects.


Alternative Spring Break

Hillel collaborates with the Campus Ministry Center to co-sponsor an interfaith/multi-cultural alternative break during spring recess. Staff and students work closely to choose a current and relevant social issue to explore as well as plan and organize the trip. A special curriculum is developed by staff to enhance this experience from a secular, cultural and faith perspective.

Major Programs

Hillel offers a wide range of programs throughout the year, from large social events to small study groups.

Comedy Shabbat

Hillel at Miami University and the University of Cincinnati collaborate on this special evening with mocktails, services, and dinner club style meal. The meal is followed by entertainment by a Jewish comedian.


Havdallah and Hockey

Miami University loves its hockey! Every year Hillel sponsors at least one opportunity for students to gather at Goggin Ice Arena to celebrate Havdallah, enjoy some snacks and watch a Redhawk Hockey game from reserved seats.



Chillel & Blanket Buddies

Every Sunday from 1-4 PM the Hillel building is open for students to relax, study or stop by to nosh on left-overs and snacks. Jewish students and others from various student organizations are also around to participate in our Blanket Buddies social action project. The students sew approximately 35 quilts each year to be donated at the end of the academic year to the Ronald McDonald House/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. No experience necessary!



Breakfast for Dinner

Hillel provides a home-cooked “breakfast” for 30-50 students from 5-7 PM the first Tuesday of every month. Students thoroughly enjoy the break and delicious meal in a laid back atmosphere. Requests for meal items are honored on a regular basis!


Chanukah Toy Drive

Hillel collaborates with Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity on this campus-wide endeavor to collect toys which are then donated to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for distribution during the holiday season.


Israeli Street Food Cooking Class

This annual cooking class is a fun way to learn how to cook falafel, shawarma, hummus, bagels, and more delicious Israeli foods with Miami University's Chef Frank!



Genocide & Holocaust Education Program

The University’s Center for American and World Cultures spearheads the Genocide and Holocaust Education Program, an annual campus-wide event. Hillel is one of the co-sponsors of this week-long program which includes a major speaker, film screenings, exhibits, student and guest panels, as well as special guest presentations to small groups across campus and in the community. The week culminates with a dinner for our major speaker hosted by Hillel.


For more information, contact Marcy.