The Helene G. Simon Hillel Center at Indiana University is dedicated to assuring that Jewish college students have opportunities to recognize and develop their leadership potential and to express their Jewishness in many traditional and creative ways.
The Hillel staff, the statewide governing board (composed of experienced lay leaders from around Indiana), and the student leadership cabinet are committed to creating a strong, diverse Hillel experience. Therefore, the Center provides religious, cultural, and social programming opportunities to assist in the creation of a Jewish community on the IU campus.
Indiana Hillel strives to be a "Jewish home away from home" for students attending IU. The Center is open 9:30am-9pm during the week, 9:30am-Shabbat on Friday, and noon-8pm on Sunday to provide ample opportunity for students to utilize the facilities. The center has a big screen TV, free wi-fi, a pool table and a full Cybex workout circuit, as well as lots of comfortable couches to relax on. Hillel also has an open refridgerator policy for student to grab a snack or a to-go box.
The IU Hillel Foundation was founded on this campus in 1938. Since that time, it has grown to be the flagship Hillel in the state of Indiana. Through the generosity of private donors and in memory of Helene G. Simon, the current home of Indiana Hillel was dedicated in 1993. With the new building, Indiana Hillel continued to grow and prosper. The success of the program was recognized in May of 1995 when Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life officially accredited Indiana Hillel. The program and building now serve over 4,000 Jewish students on the Indiana University Campus.