Explore Nazareth University Hillel

Nazareth University Hillel is committed to being an inclusive, welcoming, and joyful community. We gather to celebrate Shabbat and holidays, to share meaningful moments and rituals, to learn, to find community, to live our values of tzedek (justice) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), to eat, to have fun, and to explore what it means to be a Changemaker….Jewishly. All Hillel events are open to everyone at Nazareth, regardless of religious background or experience, so Jewish students often bring friends, roommates, or teammates to share in Shabbat, bagel brunches, holiday celebrations, and more. In addition to offering a rich variety of events on campus, Nazareth University Hillel connects students to the local Jewish community and to internships and travel opportunities (including Birthright Israel) in the larger Jewish world. Most Hillel events take place in the Sulam Center, a shared Jewish-Muslim prayer and community space that is also accessible outside of events as a spot to study, grab a snack, or hang out. We also take advantage of nice weather in the fall and spring to gather outside as much as possible.

Undergraduate Enrollment

56 Jewish Students (2.5%*)
2,282 Students
*Percent of population

Graduate Enrollment

8 Jewish Students (1.2%*)
697 Students
*Percent of population

Jewish Experience

In addition to the opportunities and community offered through Nazareth University Hillel, students have the opportunity to connect to a larger interfaith community that values deep conversations, reflection, the pursuit of justice, and multifaith learning through Nazareth’s Center for Spirituality (of which Hillel is a part) and the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies & Dialogue. The Konar Center for Tolerance and Jewish Studies is another resource on campus that sponsors speakers, film screenings, intercultural dialogue, and community connection and activism. Students also have the opportunity to participate in Spirituality and Social Justice (SSJ) trips, including The March: Bearing Witness to Hope, a student leadership trip to Germany and Poland, and the Civil Rights Journey.

  • Served by Hillel Yes
  • Hillel Rabbi/Senior Jewish Educator No
  • Kosher Food Available Unknown
  • Birthright Israel Participation No
  • Alt Break Participation No
  • Jewish Studies Offered Yes
  • Jewish Studies Major or Minor None
  • Israel Fellow No
  • JLIC Educator No
  • Hillel Mental Health/Wellness Staff No

Campus Climate for Jewish Students

Additional Campus Information

  • Private/Public Private
  • Acceptance Rate 64%
  • U.S. Region Northeast
  • Commuter/Residential Residential
  • Tuition In-State $35,416
  • Tuition Out-of-State $35,416
  • Out-of-State/Int’l 12% / 1%
  • Greek Life No

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4245 East Avenue
Rochester NY 14618 US

(585) 389-2306
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