Religious life at Maryland Hillel consists of a vibrant pluralistic atmosphere. We offer services for Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative and Orthodox communities. Typically once a month the Committee for Religious Life holds a communal Shabbat for the entire Maryland Hillel community. Maryland Hillel also offers a variety of learning opportunities like Pizza Parsha every Tuesday night and more.
Kesher: The Reform community on campus. Contact: Josh Gilstein
Shabbat: A classic tradition and unique campus experience bringing all religious communities together in an open and welcoming environment. Come join us weekly for FREE Friday night meals at Hillel!
Committe for Religious Life (CRL):The Committee for Religious Life is an exciting group at Hillel that works to help make the community more pluralistic. Our goal is to bring more organization to the religious aspects of Hillel in order to make everyone feel included in programming and religious life. We are looking for new members to serve on the board – it is an excellent way to make your voice heard in our community and to truly make a difference! Contact: Tali Brown or Misha Brenner
Holidays: If you can’t go home for the holidays, Hillel is your home away from home.
Jewish Learning: Hillel provides a variety of learning opportunities, ranging from the most traditional text study, to contemporary literature to conversations about Jewish values and daily life.
Kosher Dining: Serving 500+ meals daily, Hillel offers the only source of Kosher food on campus. Sign up for a full or partial meal plan, or stop by to grab a sandwich, schwarma or Kosher meat to go.
Eruv: An eruv is a metaphysical wall, in which traditional Jews are allowed to carry objects from one area to another on the Sabbath.
University Policies Regarding Absence for Religious Holidays/Practice: Excerpted from UMCP POLICIES AND PROCEDURES CONCERNING ACADEMIC ASSIGNMENTS ON DATES OF RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCES: It is the policy of UMCP that students not be penalized in any way for participation in religious observances. Students shall be allowed, whenever practicable, to make up academic assignments that are missed due to such absences. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor for each course in which work is missed, and make arrangements for make-up work or examinations.
If you need a letter from the rabbi in order to miss class or schedule a make-up exam, please contact Rabbi Eli Kohl.