Hillel is a home away from home for MIT’s Jewish students. Located in the Religious Activities Center (W11), Hillel has a Jewish library, two kosher kitchens and three dining rooms. These rooms are used at certain times each week for classes, worship, or meetings. The Hillel student body is composed of people from all over the country and the world.
Social events, community service, and Jewish learning opportunities are highlights of the Hillel program throughout the year. Hillel’s test tube menorah and (now-retired) award-winning student designed sukkah are two examples of the unique community on campus. Hillel’s reach expands into the dormitories, fraternities, sororities, with events often being hosted by different Jewish networked-groups. Since graduate students comprise more than half of the MIT student population, Grad Hillel schedules its own diverse events. Our annual Latke-Hamentaschen Debate and nationally-reported-upon Hummus Experience gather students from across campus life. Hillel’s Independent Activities Period program, during MIT’s four week January term devoted to alternative learning, offers many unique events and classes.