Explore Connecticut College Hillel

Since its construction in 2014, Zachs Hillel House has become the center of Jewish life at Connecticut College, a home away from home for Jewish students and a space for related intercultural programming for the entire campus community. Connecticut College Hillel welcomes students of all backgrounds and interests and helps them to explore and foster their Jewish identities. To that end, we sponsor religious, social and educational programming throughout the academic year.

Weekly Shabbat dinners are the primary focus of Conn Coll Hillel. Every Friday night, students, faculty and staff come together to celebrate Shabbat as a community. Each week there is variation in cuisine from Home-Cooked to Pizza or Sushi and a diverse array of themed programming, such as Environmental, A Capella and Pride Shabbat. Monthly Kabbalat Shabbat services are led by students. In conjunction with the professional staff, Conn Coll Hillel provides holiday programming, including High Holy Day services, a Yom Kippur break-fast, Sukkah building and meals, Chanukah and Purim parties, and a Passover Seder. Hillel students also participate in the local Jewish Federation's Yom HaShoah and Yom HaAtzmaut observances.

To do our part towards Tikkun Olam, Conn Coll Hillel sponsors “Bagel Brunches for a Better World†and challah baking and sales, and participates in local Habitat for Humanity builds. Through discussions and programming -- by Conn faculty, guests from Jewish organizations, our local Young Emissaries from Israel, and Hillel students who've returned from Birthright Israel trips -- students are encouraged to create their own unique relationships with Israel.

Zachs Hillel House co-sponsors lectures, exhibits and performances centered around Jewish and Israel-themed topics with academic departments, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut.

Connecticut College also offers a Jewish Studies minor.

Undergraduate Enrollment

170 Jewish Students (9.1%*)
1,861 Students
*Percent of population

Graduate Enrollment

0 Jewish Students (0%*)
0 Students
*Percent of population

Jewish Experience

  • Served by Hillel Yes
  • Religious Services Available Yes
  • Rabbi/Jewish Educator on Campus No
  • Kosher Food Available No
  • Birthright Israel Participation No
  • Alt Break Participation No
  • Jewish Studies Offered Yes
  • Jewish Studies Major or Minor Minor
  • Study Abroad in Israel University approved programs
  • Israel Fellow No

Religious Services

Students lead our monthly Kabbalat Shabbat services which adopt a more Reform or Reconstructionist style.

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Additional Campus Information

  • Private/Public Private
  • Acceptance Rate 37%
  • U.S. Region Northeast
  • Commuter/Residential Residential
  • Tuition In-State $59,025
  • Tuition Out-of-State $59,025
  • Out-of-State/Int’l 16% / 9%
  • Greek Life No

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