Explore Washington and Lee University Hillel

In 2008 W&L Hillel was designated a Small and Mighty Campus of Excellence by Hillel International.

Hillel provides students a place to call their "home away from home" at Washington and Lee. Our activities and programs provide students with the opportunity to explore their Jewish identities during this important period in their lives. Whether they are attending services, socializing with professors, eating ice cream at study breaks, or doing a community service project, students are engaging in Jewish life in a way that's comfortable and on their own terms.


Washington and Lee Hillel is established to provide facilities, guidance and organization for religious, cultural, educational, social community service and interfaith activities for Jewish students and Washington and Lee University. W&L Hillel is dedicated to building Jewish identity while nurturing intellectual and Spiritual Growth.

Washington and Lee Hillel Values:

  • Creating a pluralistic, welcoming, and inclusive environment
  • Fostering student growth
  • Balancing the need for both a distinctively Jewish and universal human identity
  • Pursuing tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world), and Jewish learning
  • Supporting Israel and the global Jewish community.
  • Committing to excellence, innovation, accountability, and results

Hillel House

Our Hillel House is home to the eCafe, open to the public every day except Shabbat for bagels, smoothies and more! The Hillel House offers more than 7000 sq ft of space for gatherings, quiet study, worship, meetings and other special events .

Undergraduate Enrollment

80 Jewish Students (4.3%*)
1,860 Students
*Percent of population

Graduate Enrollment

20 Jewish Students (5.0%*)
404 Students
*Percent of population

Jewish Experience

  • Served by Hillel Yes
  • Religious Services Available Yes
  • Rabbi/Jewish Educator on Campus 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

Kosher Dining

Dining Services adjusts student meal plans to meet the needs of students who keep kosher.

Options: University meal plan-no extra cost;Kosher food available nearby

Religious Services

Washington and Lee Hillel welcomes all W&L undergrads, law students and VMI cadets and their guests to weekly Shabbat dinners, including candle-lighting, kiddush and motzi. We hold a monthly Kabbalat Shabbat service and dinner, open to all students, faculty, staff, and members of the Lexington and Rockbridge Jewish community. W&L Hillel also welcomes everyone to High Holiday services, a Passover seder, and celebrations and observances for all holidays that fall within the academic year. Our services are pluralistic and inclusive and there is never a cost to attend any service at W&L Hillel.

Frequency: Contact this hillel

Additional Campus Information

  • Private/Public Private
  • Acceptance Rate 19%
  • U.S. Region Mid-Atlantic
  • Commuter/Residential Residential
  • Tuition In-State $54,830
  • Tuition Out-of-State $54,830
  • Out-of-State/Int’l 82% / 4%
  • Greek Life Yes

Related Scholarships

Check out some of the scholarships available for Washington and Lee University Jewish undergraduate students.

Washington and Lee University

Max and Sylvia Weinstein Scholarship

The Max and Sylvia Weinstein Scholarship was established to recognize an entering first-year student with an exemplary academic and extracurricular record. It is a unique opportunity for students of the Jewish faith who hope to become involved in Washington and Lee's vibrant Jewish community. The scholarship is for full tuition and is renewable for four years of work at Washington and Lee, provided the recipient maintains a 3.3 grade point average.

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204 W Washington St
Lexington VA 24450 US
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