Explore University of Iowa Hillel

Iowa Hillel has been supporting the Jewish community at the University of Iowa since 1926. Our two floor building is just one block from campus and students use the space on a daily basis coming to hangout or study. Downstairs we have a game room, as well as the chapter rooms for both Alpha Epsilon Pi and Alpha Epsilon Phi, a Jewish fraternity and sorority. Additionally, downstairs is used as a practice room for our students who have formed a band, Citrus Sunday. Upstairs, we have a sanctuary, a library, a lounge, a dining area, as well as a kosher kitchen. Shabbat dinner is our largest weekly event, but we put on various socials, Tikkun Olam volunteering events, Jewish learning opportunities, and general programming to keep students engaged year-round. Additionally, we offer a summer and winter Birthright trip with Iowa Hillel. Students have the opportunity for leadership through being a member of the student board or joining one of our committees: Shabbat Squad, Challah for Hunger, or Hillel Beautification. Iowa Hillel is a very pluralistic and welcoming community, and we hope you join the Hillel Hawkeye Family!

Undergraduate Enrollment

600 Jewish Students (2.8%*)
21,545 Students
*Percent of population

Graduate Enrollment

150 Jewish Students (1.9%*)
8,042 Students
*Percent of population

Jewish Experience

  • 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 Other
  • Study Abroad in Israel 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

Kosher Dining

Hillel provides delicious kosher meals for Shabbat and holidays. Students are welcome to bring in food to the Hillel House that is not kosher when they are here throughout the week.

Options: Meals available on shabbat/holidays only

Religious Services

Iowa Hillel offers 30 minute services on Friday nights before Shabbat dinners. Services are led by members of our Shabbat Squad and have a campy vibe and are well attended.

Frequency: Contact this hillel

Additional Campus Information

  • Private/Public Public
  • Acceptance Rate 83%
  • U.S. Region Plains
  • Commuter/Residential Residential
  • Tuition In-State $9,016
  • Tuition Out-of-State $30,979
  • Out-of-State/Int’l 46% / 2%
  • Greek Life Yes

Trips & Experiences

Birthright Israel

University of Iowa

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Contact Information

122 East Market Street, Aliber Center for Jewish Life
Iowa City IA 52245 US
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