Trinity College Hillel is a warm and welcoming community that promotes positive identification to Judaism through an ongoing commitment to Shabbat and Jewish holiday observances, Jewish culture, history, the arts, social justice and our connection to Israel. 40-50 students come together each week for student led Shabbat services and dinner throughout the academic year. Opened in 2001, the 8000 square foot Zachs Hillel House is the Jewish home away from home on campus.
Trinity College Hillel is well integrated into the fabric of student life on campus and is known as a model of cooperative bridge building. Many social, religious, educational and cultural activities take place throughout the academic year co-sponsored by Hillel with other student and academic groups, including the strong interdisciplinary Jewish Studies Program which offers a major or minor.
The newly opened Kassow Hillel Kosher Eatery serves glatt kosher meals in the main dining hall of the student center throughout the week. An annual Birthright trip to Israel and service-learning alternative breaks to visit and volunteer with Jewish communities in other countries, most recently Uganda, Argentina, Uruguay, and Trinidad are features of our program.
Trinity offers a major and/or minor in Jewish Studies and a minor in Hebrew. Approximately ten courses are offered in the interdisciplinary Jewish Studies Program.
Founded in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1823, Trinity College is an independent, nonsectarian liberal arts college with over 2,200 students from 44 states and 28 countries. It is home to the eighth-oldest chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in the United States. The faculty and alumni include recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur award, Guggenheims, Rockefellers and other national academic awards. Trinity students integrate meaningful academic and leadership experience at all levels on the College's celebrated campus, in the Capital City of Hartford, and in communities all over the world.