Explore University of Rhode Island Hillel

Hillel is the Jewish Student Center at the University of Rhode Island. Our building is located at 6 Quarry Rd but our activities take place throughout campus and in the community. Hillel creates a warm and caring atmosphere where students are encouraged and empowered to explore Judaism in ways that are meaningful to them. We offer a full array of social, cultural, religious, community service and Israel related programming, as well as leadership development opportunities. Hillel is recognized and acclaimed by the URI administration as one of the most active and dynamic organizations on campus. URI Hillel was honored with the Indispensable Campus Partner Award for inspiring the University community as a campus leader on diversity, tolerance and multiculturalism. The 5,000 square foot Norman M. Fain Hillel Center opened in 2010 and is a resource to the entire campus, offering a home away from home for students and ideal space for socializing, programming and activities.

Undergraduate Enrollment

900 Jewish Students (6.5%*)
13,828 Students
*Percent of population

Graduate Enrollment

100 Jewish Students (3.7%*)
2,705 Students
*Percent of population

Jewish Experience

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

Campus Climate for Jewish Students

Religious Services

URI Hillel holds Shabbat evening services and dinners 2-3 times per month. The Hillel Shabbat Evening Service is student-led and varies in style, according to the background of person leading. Hillel is open to expanding its Shabbat service/dinner offerings and frequency as demand dictates. Shabbat dinners are always FREE for students! Hillel also provides supplies for students to host their own Shabbat dinners. Hillel holds High Holiday services on Erev Rosh HaShanah, the first day of Rosh HaShanah and on Yom Kippur. A communal seder is held on the first night of Passover. Hillel builds a sukkah and holds celebrations for Sukkot, Hanukkah and Purim.

Frequency: Friday night only

Additional Campus Information

  • Private/Public Public
  • Acceptance Rate 75%
  • U.S. Region Northeast
  • Commuter/Residential Residential
  • Tuition In-State $14,116
  • Tuition Out-of-State $33,512
  • Out-of-State/Int’l 60% / 1%
  • Greek Life Yes

Trips & Experiences

Birthright Israel

University of Rhode Island

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