B’nai B’rith Hillel at UW
Our vibrant undergraduate program offers a wide range of programs including Shabbat, holiday, educational, cultural, social justice, and Israel-related offerings that attract Jewish students from a broad range of backgrounds.
MISSION, VISION, & VALUES
Hillel UW inspires students and young adults to explore, embrace, and celebrate Jewish life and identity.
We envision Jewish college students and young adults enriching and strengthening the Jewish community and the world in meaningful ways throughout their lives.
דרך ארץ – Derech Eretz – Respect – We welcome and respect everyone; we strive to do what is right and just at all times.
קהילה – Kehillah – Community – We build relationships—with other Jews, with Israel, and with the broader community.
שמחה – Simcha – Joy – We share joy and friendship as we encounter all that life brings.
לימוד – Limmud – Learning – We embody curiosity, inquiry, dialogue, and learning.
מנהיגות – Manhigut – Leadership – We nurture personal growth and leadership.
Our vibrant undergraduate program offers a wide range of activities, events, and resources for you to take part in and enjoy. We follow the core principles set forward by Hillel International and have wonderful staff and leaders to help you with your Jewish journey. Click below to learn more.
During the spring of 1941, Hillel hired its first rabbi, rented a house just up the street from our current location and hosted its first Passover lunches. During the first 15 years, Hillel had a series of nine different Rabbis leading the organization. In 1958, Rabbi Arthur A. Jacobovitz was hired and successfully led Hillel for the next 30 years. Known as Rabbi J, Rabbi Jacobovitz is memorialized in Hillel’s Beit Midrash that is named after him. In 1988, Rabbi Daniel E. Bridge began his tenure at Hillel UW. Under Rabbi Bridge’s leadership, Hillel UW expanded physically into its current building after a community-wide capital campaign.
In 2000 Hillel’s role in the community expanded to enhance our Grads-Plus program into the very successful Jconnect program in order to serve the growing population of Jewish graduate students and young adults, ages 21-35, in the Seattle community.
Under the current leadership of Amee Huppin Sherer, Hillel’s Greenstein Family Executive Director, Hillel UW continues to empower young adults to explore, connect, and celebrate Jewish life on campus and throughout our community!