Jewish Life

At Hillel, we understand that Judaism is not just a religion, but a way of life. We provide numerous opportunities or entry points for students to explore their own identity through Jewish history, holidays, traditions, and text and we weave Jewish values, traditions, and teachings throughout our programs and initiatives.


Come for services, come for dinner or come for both! Every Friday when school is in session we take a deep breath, slow things down a bit and celebrate Shabbat with a student-led service and a delicious home-style meal. Some come for the spiritual nurturing services provide, others for the best meal they eat during the week, many come for both. Shabbat themes, both meaningful and creative are featured throughout the semester.

Jewish Holidays

If there’s a Jewish holiday, we celebrate it! Hillel provides a “home-away-from-home” for students to enjoy the themes, celebrations and traditions of the Jewish holidays. Rosh Hashannah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot in the fall, Chanukah in the winter and Purim, Passover Tu B’Shevat, Yom Ha Shoah, Yom Hazikaron, Yom Ha’Atzmaut in the spring are all celebrated appropriately serving the diverse Jewish community on campus.

High Holidays 2019 

Erev Rosh Hashanah / Sunday, September 29 
6 PM: Dinner at Hillel
7 PM: Services at Sesquicentennial Chapel

Rosh Hashanah, Day 1 / Monday, September 30
10–11:30 AM: Services at Sesquicentennial Chapel
12–1:30 PM: Lunch at Hillel 
2 PM: Tashlich (Location TBD)

Rosh Hashanah, Day 2 / Tuesday, October 1
Hillel will not be providing a traditional service on day 2 of Rosh Hashanah. Options for prayer and reflection will be provided.

Erev Yom Kippur / Tuesday, October 8
6 PM: Dinner @ Hillel
7 PM: Kol Nidre Service at Sesquicentennial Chapel

Yom Kippur / Wednesday, October 9
10–11:30 AM: Services at Sesquicentennial Chapel
6:30 PM: Yizkor Service (Memorial Service) followed by Neilah (Concluding Service) at Hillel
8:15 PM: Break the Fast at Hillel

Questions? Contact Megan at or Jeffrey Eidelman

Jewish Greek Life

No matter the letters on your house, Hillel is everyone’s home. Greek life is an important part of many Jewish students at Miami University and Jewish students find their place among many Greek organizations There are two historically Jewish Greek organizations on our campus, Alpha Epsilon Phi (sorority), Alpha Epsilon Pi, (fraternity). Hillel works closely with Miami’s Greek communities co-sponsoring a number of events throughout the year.  Contact the Alexander Cliff Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life for more information.

Keeping Kosher

If there’s a festive meal, we serve it. Hillel at Miami University maintains a kosher kitchen and provides weekly kosher Shabbat dinners, holiday meals, and food for programs throughout the year. The entire building is kashered for Passover. Throughout the holiday, kosher-for-Passover lunches and dinners are available daily.

Miami University works to accommodate special dietary needs. A small selection of kosher microwave dinners is available at locations on campus. Visit Miami University Dining Services for more information.

Limited Kosher food is available in the Oxford community at Walmart and Kroger. A wider selection of kosher food (including Glatt Kosher meat) is readily available at select Kroger, Remke, Costco and Sam’s stores in Cincinnati and Dayton.

Jewish Studies Program

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn. The Jewish Studies Program at Miami offers a broad based minor and a thematic sequence. It is also home to a highly regarded Jewish Arts & Culture Series, most notably the Posen Lectures in Modern Jewish Culture. For more information, visit the Jewish Studies Program website.