Welcome to St. Louis Hillel
at Washington University!

Founded in 1946, St. Louis Hillel has fostered campus Jewish life for generations of students. Our mission is to be the catalyst for Jewish life among college students in St. Louis. We connect students with one another and with Jewish culture and traditions through service and social justice, Israel engagement, religious life, and social and leadership programs. Our beautiful building reopened in the Spring of 2014 after a complete renovation, providing a warm and inviting space to relax, study, hang out with friends, attend a program or celebrate Shabbat.

We hope to see you soon!

Student Groups Affiliated with Hillel

Hillel Leadership Council is a part of the Student Union (SU) at Washington University. Additionally, there are various other Jewish groups that are SU recognized and funded. St. Louis Hillel advises several of these groups, while others have affiliations with different departments or organizations on campus. You can get involved with any of the following groups by contacting them directly or reaching out to Hillel staff. The Student Union website has a complete directory of all student groups at Wash U here. If you have ideas for new Jewish groups on campus please contact Miriam Ross-Hirsch at miriam@stlouishillel.org or 314-395-9044.

Hillel Leadership Council (HLC)
HLC works with Hillel to foster a vibrant campus Jewish community at Washington University, nurturing diverse expressions of Jewish life.  HLC’s programs are guided by three pillars:  Living, Learning & Doing.  To get involved, contact president Julie Cole at juliecole@wustl.edu.

First Year Students of Hillel (FYSH)
FYSH seeks to engage first year students in Jewish campus life through social events and other experiences that connect students with one another and help ease their transition to Washington University.  For more information, contact chairs Jenn Greenberg (jennifer.greenberg@wustl.edu) and Danielle Scharf (daniellescharf@wustl.edu).

Challah for Hunger
Challah for Hunger is a national effort that raises awareness of, and money for, hunger and disaster relief through the production and sale of challah bread.  Wash U students gather weekly to bake and sell challah on campus to benefit charity.  To find out how to get involved, contact washu@challahforhunger.org.

AVIVA fosters a warm pluralistic community of Jewish women on campus who are interested in or involved in Greek life at Washington University. Giving Jewish women an outlet to explore their Jewish identity, create a community and engage in Jewish discourse, AVIVA promotes three core principles: Spirituality, Community, and Exploration. Each of Aviva’s events embrace at least one of these principles. These pillars work together to develop each woman’s Jewish experience on campus, while allowing students to seek out Jewish experiences aligning with their own interests. For more information, contact Miriam at miriam@stlouishillel.org.

Wash U Students for Israel
Wash U Students for Israel (WSI) serves as a forum for the pro-Israel community on campus to come together through various educational, social, cultural and political programs. They advocate for and educate about the state of Israel and the mutually beneficial US-Israel relationship. For more information, contact president Shira Grosman at shira.grosman@wustl.edu.

J Street U
J Street U is the student organizing arm of J Street, the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans. At Washington University, we are organizing through inclusive and educational events to act together on behalf of a two-state solution and a more peaceful, secure, and democratic future for both Israelis and Palestinians. For more information, contact co-presidents Aitan Groener (a.groener@wustl.edu) and Gillian Greenberg (gillian.greenberg@wustl.edu).

WIPAC seeks to engage a diverse group of students in strengthening the critical US-Israel relationship. WIPAC meets regularly with members of Congress, engages campus leaders about issues in the Middle East, and promotes ties between WashU and Israel.  For more information, contact chair Daniel Grey at daniel.grey@wustl.edu.

Staam is the only co-ed Jewish a cappella group at Washington University!  Their repertoire includes any Hebrew songs or songs written or performed by Jewish artists.  For more information, contact staamacappella@gmail.com.

SLU Jewish Student Union & UMSL Jewish Student Association
These groups seek to maximize opportunities for Jewish students to explore, celebrate and sanctify life in a Jewish way through social, cultural and religious programming at Saint Louis University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  Contact Miriam at miriam@stlouishillel.org for more info!