1. WHAT'S OUR MISSION?
We are 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.
2. HOW IS HILLEL RUN?
THE STRUCTURE OF IU HILLEL IS AS FOLLOWS:
Statewide Governing Board:
This board, comprised of community leaders, parents, and alumni from around the state of Indiana, is responsible for policy setting and ensuring the viability and operation of Hillel. Each member also sits on one of the following committees:
- Long-Range Planning and Programming
- New Building
- Campus Superstar
National Advisory Board:
This board is comprised of community leaders, parents, and alumni from around the country with the mission of promoting IU Hillel in meaningful ways, and increasing Hillel’s presence across the country for parents, alumni, and friends.
4. How many Jewish students are there at IU?
There are estimated to be over 4,000 Jewish undergraduate students at IU, which comprises about 10-12% of the student population. With roughly 80% of the Jewish student body coming from outside the state of Indiana, Hillel serves as the center for a diverse Jewish student community on campus.
5. How active is the Hillel at IU?
Very! In addition to our regular program of social, cultural, educational, and religious programing, we host over a dozen student groups, ranging in areas of interest from sports, business, Israel, music, and more.
IU Hillel is committed to creating many avenues for students to connect and explore their Jewish identity while here in Bloomington, and strives to create a warm and welcoming Jewish home away from home on campus.
6. HOW DOES HILLEL OBSERVE SHABBAT AND HOLIDAYS?
Every Friday night during the academic year Hillel offers conservative and reform Shabbat services, at 6:00 p.m. All services are student led, and can vary in style a repertoire from week to week.
Free Shabbat Dinner is served every week after services, at 6:45 pm. Check out our Shabbat page for info on our Shabbat menu, and special events.
Hillel provides reform and conservative services, and special meals and programs for every Jewish holiday. During Passover, Hillel offers multiple Seders and a kosher-for-Passover meal plan of lunches and dinners the entire week. Check out our Holidays page for more info.
7. How is Hillel funded?
We are very grateful to the parents, alumni and friends of IU Hillel who fund approximately 75% of our budget through generous contributions and grants.
The Ohio Valley Hillel Consortium (OVHC), a conglomeration of the Jewish Federations from Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky, provides approximately 15% of IU Hillel’s annual budget.
Additionally, IU Hillel receives funding from the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, as well as Hillel International.
We are always grateful for the support of those who would like to invest in Jewish life on campus.
8. IS THERE ANTI-SEMITISM ON CAMPUS?
No. There have been less than five notable incidents in the past decade. Any incidents that have surfaced have been dealt with quickly and effectively by the university.
IU does a great job at diversity education and is constantly working to educate not only the students, but the faculty, professors, and administration, so that everyone will be sensitive to the various cultures on campus.
Hillel is a leader on campus in diversity education, and provides an exceptional source for the campus community with regards to Judaism and its customs.
9. Is there kosher food on campus?
Unfortunately, IU does not offer a kosher meal plan through their dining services. Hillel offers kosher food at Shabbat and holiday meals, as well as any other program taking place inside our building.
IU Hillel's open-fridge policy allows for any student seeking a kosher meal or snack to feel free to raid our kitchens during non-program times.
Check out our Kosher Dining page for more info.
10. What is Hillel International?
The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life (Hillel International) serves as Hillel’s operating agency, taking responsibility for quality assurance, program accountability, and fiscal integrity for the network of campus Hillels and for Jewish campus life in general. This group of respected communal leaders, philanthropists and students provides counsel, guidance, and support for the Foundation for Jewish Campus life.
The Schusterman International Center, located in Washington, DC, provides the international leadership, administrative supervision, national accreditation, professional training, and development support for Hillel Foundations, Regional Centers and other Hillels throughout the world. The International Center also coordinates national student programs and initiatives, encourages participation by national lay leadership, and coordinates community relations.