RIT HillelÂ is a Jewish community committed to a thriving Jewish student life on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology. Hillel uses office and prayer space at the Center For Religious Life (CRL). Hillel also has a special programming, cooking and lounge space called Hillel House which is located in the basement of Residence Hall B. Â Hillel House is home to a student facilitated Kosher kitchen which provides Shabbat and holiday meals.
Hillel gathers weekly in the Jones Chappel of the center for Religious life each Friday night at 6:00 P.M. for Kabbalat Shabbat. Join us after services at 7:00 PM for kiddish or dinner. All RIT community members are welcome! Hillel has been on RIT campus since 1955.
Rochester Institute of TechnologyÂ
RIT is located in Henrietta NY, about 15 minutes drive from Rochester, NY. Â There are about 15,000 undergraduates at RIT as well as 3,000 graduate students. Â We estimate that there are 300 Jewish students at RIT.Â RIT is home to the largest Deaf technical school in the country called NTID (National Technical Institute for the Deaf),Â
Rochester Jewish Community
The Rochester Jewish community is estimated at 19,000 people. There are Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Chabad synagogues. Synagogues in Rochester regularly welcome the participation of RIT students to a variety of programs.Â
Jewish Life on Campus at RIT
RIT Hillel is one of several campus organizations pursing a vibrant Jewish campus life. We are proud to have partnerships with WOLK Deaf Jewish Culture Club and Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity provides community, leadership and engagement opportunities for Jewish students.
The Cary Graphics Art CollectionÂ at the Wallace Library contains one of the biggestÂ collections of Yiddish typeface from The Yiddish Forward. They are consistently looking for students to work with them as they catalog this valuable collection.
Hillel staff are able and willing to connect students to RIT based gaming projects. These include the Jewish Play Project.
RIT Hilllel activites are coordinated by the Hillel Student Board.