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Well hello there Jews of the U!

As the hub for Jewish students on campus, UM Hillel is here to help you find your niche and empower you to “do Jewish” your way. We know that Judaism comes in a lot of shapes and sizes, so we encourage you to choose your own adventure! Feel free to explore these opportunities and get social with us on Facebook and join our mailing list to make sure you don’t miss a beat!

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?

Campus Based Internships: Fall Semester 2020

Student Leadership ForUM

Calling all innovators, entrepreneurs, and movers and shakers! This is the space for you to make your ideas come to life, to create programs and leadership opportunities for the U. This incubator provides professional development, funding, and the chance to make your mark as a Jewish student leader.


Campus Engagement Internship

The Campus Engagement Internship focuses on engaging uninvolved Jewish students on campus. You will work with your friends who are comfortable being Jewish, but don’t necessarily associate themselves with Hillel. Additionally, you will choose a focus project to work on during the year. This is a great internship for students who are incredibly social and like bringing people together.

Applications are now closed.


Social Media Manager

Take over Hillel’s FB, Insta, and Snapchat accounts and turn them into “living beings,” with creative stories on a daily basis. You will work closely with Hillel’s social media accounts to enhance our email, FB and other visual identity and communication. The perfect candidate will have a track record of social media influence, reflected through a consistent online presence or professional experience in marketing agencies, along with proficiency in Adobe Suite, Canva, Photoshop.

Learn how by emailing Igor at igor@miamihillel.org


Photography/Videography

Document all the Hillel events and happenings throughout the year. This role makes you responsible for a set amount of major events professionally photographed, filmed and post-edited. If you are the one who likes to be behind the camera, has an existing portfolio, DSLR or camera equivalent, and access to video equipment this is the internship for you.

Learn how by emailing Igor at igor@miamihillel.org


Development Intern

Jump on this incredible opportunity to learn about the world of fundraising. Work with our Director of Development to learn about the behind the scenes work of Hillel to make it all happen. Help run student campaigns such as the On One Foot campaign. You will be in charge of recruiting students for Casino Night to play a role in our annual community fundraiser.

Learn how by emailing Robin at robin@miamihillel.org


Multifaith interns

Being a Multifaith Intern gives you the tools to be a connector amongst different religious groups at the U. In the past they’ve helped coordinate Multifaith Thanksgivings and Freedom Seders which open a dialogue to understand and appreciate each other’s backgrounds

Learn how by emailing Rabbi Lyle at rabbilyle@miamihillel.org


Birthright interns

The best way to go to Israel is with all of your friends. Apply to be one of our Birthright Recruitment Interns to guarantee your spot on one of UM Hillel’s enhanced Birthright trips and get paid to recruit students to come with you.

Learn how by emailing Rachel at rachel@miamihillel.org

Travel the Globe, once COVID is over

Birthright

Experience Israel like a true Miami student! Our 10-day trip is an enhanced experience with Israeli peers for all 10 days, visits to army bases, and a hand-picked itinerary tailored to our students. Get ready to make 40 new friends at the U and have the experience of a lifetime! Register for our winter or summer trip.

Registration for Winter Birthright is Open


Onward

Grab your passport and build your resume with a summer internship in Israel! Join the Miami cohort of students who spend two months learning, working, and immersing themselves in Tel Aviv.

More information, yalla!


Student conferences

We’re proud to support the passions of our students and enable them to connect with different networks around the country. We send an annual delegation to the AIPAC Policy Conference, have hosted the Latino-Jewish Summit, and a wide range of other opportunities. Interested in attending a conference? Let us know how we can support you!

Engage and Bond

Jewish Learning Fellowship

The Jewish Learning Fellowship is a 10-week program where we will come together weekly for dinner and an intriguing conversation about Judaism in our world today. We will be asking the big questions and exploring the old mixed with the new. This is a chance to engage with your Jewish identity, join in weekly meals, participate in meaningful conversations, build community, and receive a stipend upon the completion of the fellowship.


Scubi Jew

We love living right next to the ocean here in Miami, and it’s our responsibility to help keep it clean! Scubi Jew is your opportunity to go on dives to help restore coral reefs and clean debris from the ocean. This effort for Tikkun Hayam (repairing the seas) is a statewide effort with opportunities for trips and Shabbatons in the Keys to bring together students who are passionate about our environment.


Challah for Hunger

Get your hands dirty for a good cause! Our challah crew bakes fresh loaves every Thursday at Temple Judea and sells them for $5 in the breezeway on campus every Friday. All of our proceeds benefit a local kosher food bank and the national hunger-relief movement Mazon. Whether you stop by to braid or order our cinnamon swirl flavor every week, do your part in helping alleviate world hunger!


CanePAC

Cane PAC was born from a group of students’ personal ties to the state of Israel and their belief in the power of peace. Their mission is to ensure a global pro-Israel stance. This diverse group of student leaders hosts meetings, speakers and events throughout the year and sends an annual delegation to the AIPAC Policy Conference.


Individualized Jewish Learning

Whether it’s chatting about the weekly Torah portion or learning how to read Hebrew, Rabbi Lyle Rothman is available for individualized learning. Students have opted into studying for their bar or bat-mitzvah and have also began the conversion process with Rabbi Lyle’s guidance.


Freshman Leadership Council

Get connected with all things Hillel during your first semester on campus! FLC allows you to build a crew of first-year pals, plan events for your friends, and gain leadership experience you can add to your resume!

Let's celebrate!

Shabbat

If you’re looking for a community to sing, eat, and celebrate with, look no further! UM Hillel hosts Shabbat experiences every Friday night, with services starting at 6:30 PM and a glatt kosher meal served at 7:30 PM. We love to mix things up, so keep an eye out for our alternative experiences.


Holidays

We know how unique Miami is, and our holiday celebrations follow suit! We host traditional and alternative experiences throughout the year, from Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur to Purim and Pesach.


Host your own Shabbat dinner!

Learn how by emailing Rabbi Lyle at rabbilyle@miamihillel.org

“Thank you Hillel for being the epicenter of my college experience. This organization has taken me to Israel, allowed me to progress and grow as a leader, has given me the most meaningful friendships at UM”

- Brandon Jackson, Class of 2019, UM Hillel Student President -

“We didn’t even know each other prior to Birthright. Within 10 short days we’ve come to understand how fortunate we are to be Jewish…it was a once in a lifetime experience and a bond we will share forever.”

- Amanda Kuperman, Class of 2019 -