Small Campus Hillels

Elon University - a Small and Mighty Campus.

"Students on campuses with smaller Jewish populations can find meaningful ways to explore and celebrate Jewish life at college. Support from Hillel enables schools with limited resources to connect to the greater Hillel network.” -Dennis Kirschbaum, Hillel Associate Vice President for Campus Services

Hillel Student Organizations & the Hillel Connected Network

  • Hillel Student Organizations (HSO’s): Affiliated Hillel’s without professional staff that exist as student groups and are overseen by an advisor. 
  • Hillel Connected Network: Affiliated Hillel’s that are staffed by a paid professional(s), most often on smaller campuses with smaller Jewish student populations.
Becoming an Affiliated Hillel Student Organization

If your school does not belong to our network of Hillels with smaller Jewish populations, and your Jewish student group would like to join the Hillel network, follow these simple steps:

  • Become a registered student organization on your campus
  • Recruit students interested in helping to build a Jewish community on campus
  • Find an advisor on campus who can provide counsel and guidance
  • Complete the application

A Hillel Campus Services representative will contact you when we receive your application.

Questions? Email soref@hillel.org



Hillel is devoted to creating vibrant Jewish life on campus, no matter the size of the Jewish population.

We tailor the Hillel Network to address the unique needs of Jewish students at campuses of all sizes, including many colleges and universities with smaller Jewish populations. Nearly 25 percent of Jewish students attend schools that include small liberal arts colleges and commuter colleges.

Hillel also helps to ensure that Jewish life can thrive at more than 200 campuses which are led by student groups with the support of faculty advisors. The Hillel Schusterman International Center offers support so these Hillels are prepared to engage Jewish students and raise the visibility and quality of Jewish life on campus. Every year, several new Jewish student-run organizations become part of the Hillel Network.

Nearly 50 Hillels in our network that serve smaller populations have one Hillel professional who works with students on campus to create Jewish life. For these schools, we offer training and networking opportunities within the Hillel network, where they can share best practices.

Among these schools are 20 Small & Mighty Hillels of Excellence. Hillel has selected these 20 schools with smaller Jewish populations (listed below in alphabetical order) as “mighty” based on these criteria:

  • Innovative Jewish programming
  • Growing Jewish population,
  • Dedicated professional leadership
  • Demonstrated university support
  • Commitment to serve Jews of all backgrounds

Congratulations to:
Allegheny College
Colgate University
College of Charleston
Dickinson College
Elon University
Franklin & Marshall College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Kenyon College
Lehigh University
Lewis & Clark College
Loyola Marymount University
Middlebury College
Trinity College
Union College
University of Guelph
Ursinus College
Virginia Commonwealth University
Washington and Lee University
Wellesley College
Williams College

Hillels with smaller Jewish populations are supported by the generous support of the Samuel and Helene Soref Foundation.