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Parents are indispensable members of our community! We are excited to work day and night to provide the best possible service to students, and we hope to establish an authentic relationship with parents and family members to ensure we get to know you and your children during their time at the U.

FAQ - UM Hillel, Covid, and Fall Semester 2020

Will UM Hillel be open this Fall?

Yes! UM Hillel is open and will offer multiple ways to experience Jewish life on campus! Think about it this way - Hillel is not a particular space, or a building - it is a set of experiences. So, while the Braman Miller Center (our building) will remain closed for students for the time being, UM Hillel will continue to actively contribute to Jewish life at the University of Miami both in-person (outdoors only), and virtually.

What’s not changing?

UM Hillel’s commitment to serving the Jewish community of University of Miami is unchanged. While policy, procedures, and programming may look different, our core values remain the same.

Will the Hillel Building (Braman Miller Center) be open to students in the Fall?

In accordance with University of Miami’s policy of “no indoor events until at least November 1” in an abundance of caution for the safety and wellness of our community, the Hillel building will be closed to students and guests for at least the fall semester. Our staff will continue to set up socially distant meetings with students, outside and on campus.

What about Pura Vida? Will they be open?

Pura Vida will be open for takeout orders only with a few tables for socially distant seating outside on the patio and pergola. Unfortunately there is no indoor dining, or use of bathrooms at this time.

Can I grab a coffee or a lunch with a staff member?

Yes, as long as it is outdoors, and six feet apart!

Will UM Hillel offer in person and virtual programming?

Yes to both. Our programming will be virtual and in-person outside. All of our in-person programming will be held outdoors and follow social distancing guidelines.

What precautions will be in place to ensure our health and safety at Hillel events?

UM Hillel takes the health and safety of students and staff very seriously. We will follow the highest standards for health and safety as established by the University of Miami and the State of Florida. Given the UM guidelines restricting any indoor events until Nov 1, most of Hillel events will be done virtually or outside. All in-person outside events will follow, and will not be limited to the guidelines listed below:

  • Use of masks or facial coverings is mandatory
  • 6-foot social distancing enforced
  • Temperature checks
  • Hand sanitizers

What initiatives will UM Hillel be offering?

We are pleased to be offering many initiatives, some that you know and love and new opportunities as well. Hillel’s programs are as diverse as our students. We offer a range of programs throughout the year, focused on religious observance, holiday celebrations, educational fellowships, lectures, and social programs. Staples like Shabbat will take on new forms, while the Jewish Learning Fellowship cohorts will be moved online.


  • Jewish Learning Fellowship, a 10-week paid learning opportunity with a large group: Applications are due on Friday, August 28th.

  • Hillel Connect: Matches upperclassmen with Freshmen to help guide new incoming students . Click here for Freshmen Application. Upperclassmen, apply here.
  • Chavurah, a 6 week learning opportunity with a small group: applications also due on Friday, August 28th.
  • UMentor: Hillel is proud to announce this one on one professional development opportunity to build relationships with a professional in you desired field. More information can be found at the top of this application form.
  • Freshman Leadership Council: Connect with a small group of incoming students who are passionate about engaging their peers. Applications are now open!

    For additional information on any of these programs please email Rachel rachel@miamihillel.org

What will Shabbat services and dinner be like this Fall?

We’ll be offering a mix of different Shabbat options this Fall where we will continue to gather together for Shabbat either virtually or in small socially distant groups outside.

  • Shabbat Shazoom is a virtual Shabbat experience often featuring student musical talents and led by Rabbi Lyle.
  • ShabbaTotes is an opportunity to pick up your DIY Shabbat tote bag with grape juice, candles, blessing cards, challah, and a gift card.

There will be no communal Shabbat dinners at the Braman Miller Center in the Fall 2020. As soon as it’s safe to do so, we’d love to see you all in our building for delicious dinner.

Will UM Hillel still have High Holiday services or other holiday celebrations?

We are busy working on various opportunities for the High Holidays and will announce them in the coming weeks. In the meantime feel free to reach out to Rabbi Lyle rabbilyle@miamihillel.org

If I am not returning to campus this fall, will I still be able to participate in Hillel events?

We know that many students have made a decision to stay home this semester. Many virtual options will be open to students both on and off campus. In addition, let us know your current address by completing this form so we can send you any supplies you may need for activities or events as well as goodies!

I am not an affiliate of University of Miami. Can I visit the Braman Miller Center?

Consistent with University policy, only University of Miami students, staff and faculty affiliates can visit campus at this time. No guests are allowed to visit.

How can I connect with UM Hillel?

Join UM Jewish Parents Facebook Group

UM Hillel has designed a Facebook group for Jewish Families. Click here to join this group to stay up-to-date on everything Jewish, everything Hillel, and everithing Miami Hurricanes!

Join a Family Circle

We are excited to invite Parents and Families to participate in a fundraising campaign developed specifically to engage current families. We have worked with many parents to create something that will allow you to stay in touch with your children while supporting Jewish life on campus!

Join Family Circle!

“Hillel is my second home!”

- Brandon Jackson, Class of 2019 -