Frequently Asked Questions
· How many Jewish students are there on campus?
· What is living in Athens like for a young person?
· How is Hillel connected to the University community?
· Can prospective students visit UGA and stay overnight with a Jewish student?
· Is there a Hillel facility at UGA?
· How do students get involved with Hillel? Are there membership fees?
· How can I support UGA Hillel?
· How can we, the parents, get our son/daughter connected with Hillel?
· Does Hillel offer anything special for my son/daughter's birthday?
· Does Hillel send their mailing list to other organizations?
· What is Shabbat like at UGA?
· What are holiday observances and celebrations like at UGA?
· Can Hillel hook me up with a FREE trip to Israel?
· Does Hillel offer a subsidized trip to Central America or South America?
How many Jewish students are there on campus?
Estimates are around 2000 Jewish students. Jewish students comprise about 4.5%-5.5% of the total student population at UGA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How do students get involved with Hillel? Are there membership fees?
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.
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.
Does Hillel offer anything special for my son/daughter's birthday?
Yes, great idea! If you would like to have a birthday cake delivered contact us and we can arrange it.
Does Hillel send their mailing list to other organizations?
UGA Hillel does not share its mailing list with other organizations. We suggest that you sign up. It's the best way to keep abreast of all Jewish activities on campus. From time to time Hillel will forward information from other organizations that we believe might be of interest to students, but we don't give out contact information about students to anyone without their permission.
What is Shabbat like at UGA?
Every week, many students join together for student-led Shabbat services. Hillel hosts a FREE Shabbat dinner for UGA students almost every Friday evening, after services. The Shabbat committee often plans themed celebrations that include: Kabbalah Shabbat, Fiesta Shabbat, Interfaith Shabbat, and more. Some students choose to come to services and meals. Others may only attend services or only join their friends for a Shabbat meal. 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.
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 tickets are available for dinners and lunches, plus pre-fast and break-fast dinners on Yom Kippur. During Passover, Hillel hosts a variety of seders on the first and second night. Other holidays are celebrated with programs, services, and dinners.
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.
Does Hillel offer a subsidized trip to Central America, or South America?
Yes. Hillel participates in the AJWS: American Jewish World Service program. Jewish students are eligible to go on a peer trip to in a developing country for an educational program that explores culture, technology, and community services. Students are eligible for Hillel subsidies for large discounts in this travel abroad experience. This is a great opportunity to build personal experience in a development--philanthropy program.