UM Hillel is the Foundation for Jewish life on campus. Our mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish students at the University of Miami so they will enrich the Jewish people and the world.
Our vision is to inspire every Jewish student to make a meaningful and enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.
Birthright Israel has allowed hundreds of students to connect to Israel and Jewish life on campus by bringing them on an immersive, 10 day experience to Israel. Our very own, Sara Bernstein, created this video from her time on her trip this summer. Thanks Sara!
UM Hillel took over 100 students on an immersive, educational experience to Israel. Students connected with their Israeli peers who currently serve in the IDF, learn about Israeli culture, and understand their Jewish roots.
Our annual Freshfest program welcomes new students to UM and gives them a warm welcome to Jewish life on campus. This 24 hour immersive experience is led by upper classmen who engage new students in ice breakers, what Hillel has to offer, and help them form a community early on in their college career.
Rabbi Lyle Rothman led 14 students to Cuba on an Alternative Spring Break in March. Students had the opportunity to do community service in Havana, meet their Jewish Cuban peers, visit one of the oldest synagogues in the world, and learn how Judaism influences the Cuban culture today. This trip was so impactful that UM Hillel will be taking community members and parents on the same trip this January! Visit our website for more information.
UM Hillel staff took students to an artsy neighborhood, Wynwood, to celebrate Havdallah and close out the week. Students were able to see a different part of Miami and experience new foods, culture, and people.
By partnering with other organizations on campus and our very own Alum's company, Unconventional, UM students created a mural that promoted peace and harmony in the UM community. People coming together through art and showing their gratitude for creativity and color!
Free Shabbat Services and Dinner
Each Friday evening, UM Hillel provides students on campus with a Free Shabbat experience, including services and dinner. Services are led by Rabbi Lyle Rothman, followed by dinner where students lead their peers in the brachot before the meal, as well as lead an oneg afterwards. This is UM Hillel's largest program, engaging over 100 students each week.
UM Hillel brings hundreds of students each winter and summer to Israel on a ten day immersive experience. Led by UM Hillel staff and an Israeli tour guide, students get to experience Israel and its culture firsthand with their peers, and are able to come back to campus with new relationships and a deep appreciation for the Jewish homeland.
UM Hillel provides a High Holiday experience, as well as Passover Seder, for students, faculty, alumni, community members, and families each year. Services are led by Rabbi Lyle Rothman, as well as student leaders. Rosh Hashana dinner and Passover seder dinner are provided after services where the entire community can come together and celebrate.
UM Hillel's sub group, Hola Hillel, engages the Latin-Jewish population here at University of Miami. Students plan and implement various programs that engage Latin Jews through meals, learning, and celebrations.
Umentor, a leadership and mentorship program for students, engages students with alumni and community members who are working in the field the student wishes to go into. Students must apply for this program in order to have a mentor and meets with the mentor periodically throughout the semester for guidance, strategies, and support. Umentor has enabled many students from UM various job opportunities and supportive relationships that will last a lifetime.