FAQ

Did You Know?

• Founded in 1785, by the Georgia General Assembly; UGA
is the fi rst state-chartered university in America.

• According to the January 2005 issue of “The Jewish Week,”
the University of Georgia is emerging as one of the new “hot
campuses” for Jewish students.

• UGA faculty boasts Prof. Richard Elliott Friedman (author of
Who Wrote the Bible?), a world renown Biblical scholar.

• The UGA Business, Law, and Medical school are under the
administrative direction of Jewish faculty.

• UGA has over many Jewish faculty and staff on campus.

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1. How many Jewish students are there on campus?

2. What is living in Athens like for a young person?

3. How is Hillel connected to the University community?

4. Can prospective students visit UGA and stay overnight with a Jewish student?

5. Is there a Hillel facility at UGA?

6. How do students get involved with Hillel? Are there membership fees?

7. How can I support UGA Hillel?

8. How can we, the parents, get our son/daughter connected with Hillel?

9. What is Shabbat like at UGA?

10. What are holiday observances and celebrations like at UGA?

11. Can Hillel hook me up with a FREE trip to Israel?

 

1. How many Jewish students are there on campus?

We do not know exactly, but estimates are approximately 2000 Jewish students. Jewish students comprise about 4.5%-5.5% of the total student population at UGA. back to top

2. What is living in Athens like for a young person?

Pick a hip spot to live; Athens, Georgia! Get funky and let your mind race down historic southern streets. Mix it up. Engage in athletic events at UGA games or art showing in local galleries. Take a walk through our nationally acclaimed campus and talk with friendly teachers and helpful townies at one of many watering holes. Choose to window shop, on campus, in downtown boutiques and browse classic record stores. Enjoy southern or ethnic cuisine. Visit Athens: A city that offers several outdoor activities, a large range of live music, fun shopping, and amazing food. back to top

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How is Hillel connected to the University community?

UGA Hillel is a private not-for-profit organization and is the center for Jewish campus life at University of Georgia. It is an affiliate agency of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life and a beneficiary of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. UGA Hillel is integrated into the University community through its dynamic programs, co-sponsored events, and the involvement of active students in many other University groups. The University is very supportive of Hillel and its role on campus and works with Hillel to provide a welcoming atmosphere for Jewish students, faculty, and families. back to top

 

4. Can prospective students visit UGA and stay overnight with a Jewish student?

You bet! The best way to get a sense of the UGA experience is to visit our incredible campus. Hillel can arrange for prospective students to tour the campus, observe classes, eat in the dining halls, and stay overnight with students. Prospective students, who wish to visit Hillel, speak with Jewish students and/or attend a Hillel program. back to top

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Is there a Hillel facility at UGA?

Of course! UGA Hillel is conveniently located at 1155 S. Milledge Ave in Athens across from Alpha Omicron Pi, neighbors of Tri Delta, and next to 5 points on the University of Georgia campus. back to top

6. How do students get involved with Hillel? Are there membership fees?

Any student on campus can participate in Hillel sponsored events. There are no membership fees, and students are encouraged to plan and/or attend as many programs and activities as they wish. We do provide special involvement programs/incentives, such as the Hillel Link/Pass that enables parents to provide free access to our programs. If you have an idea for a program or would like to find out about leadership opportunities, please contact Michael E. Braun ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). back to top

 

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How can I support UGA Hillel?

UGA Hillel relies on the generous support of its donors to support our on-going programming and special initiatives. Nearly 85% of Hillel's annual operating budget comes from contributions from individuals. To learn about more giving opportunities, please contact UGA Hillel. back to top

8. How can we, the parents, get our son/daughter connected with Hillel?

Let us know who they are - and we'll take care of connecting them. We have so many compelling business, social, networking, spiritual and recreational opportunities that they are sure to find something meaningful and relevant to them. back to top

9. What is Shabbat like at UGA?

Every week, we have student-led Shabbat services. Hillel hosts a FREE Shabbat dinner for UGA students EVERY Friday evening, after services. Some students choose to come to services and meals. Others may only attend services or only join their friends for a Shabbat meal. What ever the case, they can attended when ever they want dressed who ever they are. In addition, we offer students the opportunity to host their own Shabbat dinner in their dorm or apartment - paid for by Hillel. Fraternities and Sororities are also invited to host a Shabbat dinner for their members also paid for by Hillel. back to top

10. What are holiday observances and celebrations like at UGA?

UGA Hillel runs a program of services and meals for the High Holidays, Passover, and other festivals and holidays. During Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, services are held for the UGA community and  dinners and lunches, plus pre-fast and break-fast dinners on Yom Kippur are available. During Passover, Hillel hosts a variety of seders on the first and second night. Other holidays are celebrated with programs, services, and dinners. back to top

11. Can Hillel hook me up with a FREE trip to Israel?

Yes. Hillel participates in a FREE program to Israel through the Taglit-birthright Israel: Hillel program. Jewish students between the ages of 18-24 who have not been on a peer trip to Israel since their bar or bat mitzvah are eligible for a free trip. In addition, there are other opportunities for travel or study in Israel for any student. back to top

 

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