Explore University of Hartford Hillel

A University department as well as an accredited Hillel, Hartford Hillel is a warm and welcoming place where students gather for bagel brunches, Israeli cooking classes, Shabbat dinners, Hanukkah candle-lighting, movie nights, social justice initiatives, and much more! The SGA-recognized student organization is led by incredibly talent student leaders, interns, volunteers and is widely regarded as the most visible and active student organization on campus. Hillel offers social, cultural, educational, religious and spiritual, tikkum olam (community service), and Israel-related programs that are designed and planned by our students, with staff mentorship and support. Our Hillel’s goal is to provide students with the knowledge and comfort to explore their Jewish identity in whatever way is meaningful for them.

Undergraduate Enrollment

600 Jewish Students (15.1%*)
3,978 Students
*Percent of population

Graduate Enrollment

100 Jewish Students (5.7%*)
1,763 Students
*Percent of population

Jewish Experience

In addition to dozens of Hillel events and activities each year, the Office of Jewish Life provides many opportunities for students to grow and learn through exciting leadership opportunities, immersive experiences, holiday celebrations, and more. Office of Jewish Life staff offer housing coordination and placement for students who are kashrut and shabbat observant. Our partnership with the Office of Residential Life provides us the ability to manage apartments on campus designated for students who keep kosher. These recently renovated spaces are located in the Village Apartments, and have their own full kitchen as well as a shared bathroom in each suite. The University of Hartford offers three historically Jewish Greek organizations – Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPI), Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi (SAEPi), and Sigma Delta Tau (SDT). Office of Jewish Life connects with Jewish students in these and other Greek organizations through our Greek Jewish Council (GJC). We sponsor Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services and meals at no cost to students. We also provide warm and welcoming Rosh Hashanah meals, a Yom Kippur break-fast, and fun events inside and outside of our Sukkah during the fall semester. We light candles and cook latkes for Hanukkah in our Hillel Center kitchen, organize a wide range of Seder options for Passover, and provide kosher lunches and snacks throughout the holidays. All food served at Hillel events is kosher. Catered meals are prepared under the supervision of the HKC – Hartford Kashrut Commission – either from the kosher dining station at University Commons or the Crown Market, a nearby kosher grocery and caterer. Occasionally we will bake or cook vegetarian meals in our small kosher kitchen in the Hillel Campus Center, which is not under supervision from HKC but is supervised by Jewish Life staff. Our Student Leadership Team works hard to plan programs and engage with the Jewish Community on campus. Our current leadership opportunities include: Hillel Student Board Community Engagement Internship (CEI) Jewish Learning Fellowship Internship Greek Jewish Council The robust Jewish community in West Hartford is welcoming to UHart students, and students can join the community in synagogues and for Shabbat meals at people’s homes. There are also a number of job opportunities at the different Hebrew and Day schools in the community. Additionally, there are kosher options within a couple miles of campus, including the Crown Market and Big Y, serviced by the University of Hartford campus shuttle.

  • Served by Hillel Yes
  • Religious Services Available Yes
  • Hillel Rabbi/Senior Jewish Educator No
  • Kosher Food Available Yes
  • Birthright Israel Participation Yes
  • Alt Break Participation No
  • Jewish Studies Offered Yes
  • Jewish Studies Major or Minor Minor, Major
  • Study Abroad in Israel University sponsored program, University approved programs, Accepts credit for Israel study abroad
  • Israel Fellow No
  • JLIC Educator No
  • Hillel Mental Health/Wellness Staff No

Campus Climate for Jewish Students

Religious Services

Alternating Reform and Conservative services weekly

Frequency: Friday night only

Additional Campus Information

  • Private/Public Private
  • Acceptance Rate 76%
  • U.S. Region Northeast
  • Commuter/Residential Residential
  • Tuition In-State $44,351
  • Tuition Out-of-State $44,351
  • Out-of-State/Int’l 54% / 5%
  • Greek Life Yes

Trips & Experiences

Birthright Israel

University of Hartford

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200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford CT 06117 US
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