College students across the country are headed back to school. At the University of Central Florida (UCF) and at New York University (NYU), two sisters are kicking off the school year as brand new Hillel staff members. Melina Ramirez, Engagement Manager at UCF Hillel, and Sofie Ramirez, Springboard Innovation Fellow at NYU Hillel, are excited to welcome students back to campus and to continue their own Hillel journeys.
Explore Central Florida Hillel
Central Florida Hillel has a staff of ten highly trained and passionate professionals to serve our students on campuses across Greater Orlando. The largest campus is UCF which is the 2nd largest university in the United States with over 6,000 Jewish students making it the 3rd largest undergraduate Jewish population in the world outside of Israel. We also serve Full Sail University, Valencia State College and Seminole State College. Central Florida Hillel is located in the Jeffrey and Diane Ginsburg Center for Jewish Student Life which is one of the most modern Hillels in the country with a kosher restaurant, movie theater, Beit Midrash and multiple study and hang out; areas including the spacious Banquet room. The Center is located in Northview, one of the most luxurious student housing complexes in the US with 600,000 square feet of living space for over 550 residents including swimming pool, beach volleyball, sauna, outdoor movie theater, exercise room, roof top tiki lounge and much more.
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- Served by Hillel Yes
- Religious Services Available Yes
- Rabbi/Jewish Educator on Campus Yes
- Kosher Food Available Yes
- Birthright Israel Participation Yes
- Alt Break Participation No
- Jewish Studies Offered Yes
- Jewish Studies Major or Minor Minor, Certificate
- Study Abroad in Israel Accepts credit for Israel study abroad
- Israel Fellow No
The food is under the OU supervision.
Options: Meals available on shabbat/holidays only
Every Friday evening starts with a community candle lighting, followed by Egalitarian and Modern Orthodox services and a Kosher dinner. Religious services are also offered for High Holidays complete with delicious food under Kosher supervision.
Frequency: Contact this hillel
Additional Campus Information
- Private/Public Public
- Acceptance Rate 44%
- U.S. Region South
- Commuter/Residential Residential
- Tuition In-State $6,368
- Tuition Out-of-State $22,467
- Out-of-State/Int’l 9% / 3%
- Greek Life Yes
Check out some of the scholarships available for University of Central Florida Jewish undergraduate students.
Eligible Jewish students may either be undergraduate or graduate students of any college within the University of Central Florida. These students must be graduates of a high school from either Orange, Seminole, Osceola or Brevard Counties, and show a need for financial aid.
The Kobrin Family Scholarship is awarded to a qualified, full-time student in the amount of $2,500 per year for four years. Applicants must be from Orange, Osceola, or Seminole County who will be attending the University of Central Florida. Student must maintain a 3.1 GPA each year to remain qualified for the scholarship.
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