Hillel offers something for everyone, including brunches, pizza nights, bowling, hiking, movie & game nights, holiday celebrations and meals, educational offerings, and social action and volunteer opportunities. We even have our own Intramural franchise, the Matzahballers!
The Jewish students on Wake Forest University campus are very social, and prefer events that bring Jewish students together for fun events and food. A majority of our students come from Reform, Secular, and Conservative Jewish and mixed religious backgrounds (in that order), and many were active in Jewish youth groups (and leadership) back home.
Social events include:
- Meet and Greets
- Pizza Parties
- Game Nights
- Fro-Yo Events
- Shabbat Dinners
- Bagel Gatherings
- Challah French Toast Brunches
- Movie Nights
- Intramural Athletics
- Local trips
- Study Sessions Support during midterms and finals
Tzedek and Social Action
Hillel students at Wake Forest are involved in campus-wide Social Action projects like “Hit the Bricks” or “Project Pumpkin” as well as working with the Wake Food Bank, Habitat and other service projects, including local Mitzvah Day.
Tzedakah and Social Action projects include:
Israel and Israel education are an important parts of Rosenblatt Family Hillel at Wake Forest.
Israel Education Week includes:
- Israeli music
- Israeli movies
- Israeli food
- Israeli dancing
- Trivia about Israel
- Information about Israel trips including Taglit/Birthright.
Most major Jewish holidays are celebrated on Wake Forest University campus. Services are lead by students, faculty, and staff. Holiday meals are organized, cooked, and enjoyed by all members of the WFU student body and staff. In addition, our students are invited to attend local Jewish congregations for free (including high holidays if they chose an option off-campus). Click here for local Jewish congregations.
Holiday Programming includes:
- Prayer and Worship Services
- Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, dinners, and break-fasts on campus
- Sukkah building and sukkot events
- Simchat Torah – Torah dancing
- Hanukkah menorah lighting
- Tu B’shevat Plantings and Seders
- Purim celebrations
- Passover Seders and Passover food in Hillel Lounge and coordinating Passover foods in campus dining hall
- Yom HaShoah (Holocaust memorial)
- Yom Ha’atzma’ut (Israel Independence Day)
- Shabbat services and celebrations
In addition to the amazing education one receives at Wake Forest University, there are other opportunities for informal education, such as individual lessons on how to lead services, discussion groups, workshops, conversational Hebrew, and weekly Judaism 101 classes.