UMass Hillel

UMass Hillel At UMass Hillel, our mission is to empower students through the vitality of Jewish life to cultivate purposeful, healthy lives and relationships that better our community and world.
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Hillel at the University of Massachusetts Amherst serves to promote Jewish life on campus and be a home to Jewish students.

Hillel at the University of Massachusetts Amherst serves to promote Jewish life on campus and be a home to Jewish students.

Operating as usual

Can you believe it's already. been a week since graduation? We can't either! Wishing a restful and safe summer to all of...
05/21/2021

Can you believe it's already. been a week since graduation? We can't either! Wishing a restful and safe summer to all of our students and another HUGE Mazel Tov to the class of 2021. We can't wait to see everyone else back on campus in the fall!

Can you believe it's already. been a week since graduation? We can't either! Wishing a restful and safe summer to all of our students and another HUGE Mazel Tov to the class of 2021. We can't wait to see everyone else back on campus in the fall!

We’re hiring! UMass Hillel is searching for our next IACT Birthright Coordinator. If you’re excited about supporting Jew...
05/19/2021

We’re hiring! UMass Hillel is searching for our next IACT Birthright Coordinator. If you’re excited about supporting Jewish students and helping them explore their connection to Israel, we’d love to have you join our team. Learn more and apply here: https://phh.tbe.taleo.net/phh02/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=HILLEL&cws=37&rid=3008&utm_campaign=later-linkinbio-umass.hillel&utm_content=later-15222621&utm_medium=social&utm_source=instagram

We’re hiring! UMass Hillel is searching for our next IACT Birthright Coordinator. If you’re excited about supporting Jewish students and helping them explore their connection to Israel, we’d love to have you join our team. Learn more and apply here: https://phh.tbe.taleo.net/phh02/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=HILLEL&cws=37&rid=3008&utm_campaign=later-linkinbio-umass.hillel&utm_content=later-15222621&utm_medium=social&utm_source=instagram

Praying for peace and healing as we head into Shabbat. Please reach out to a staff member or DM us if you would like som...
05/14/2021

Praying for peace and healing as we head into Shabbat. Please reach out to a staff member or DM us if you would like someone to talk to.

Praying for peace and healing as we head into Shabbat. Please reach out to a staff member or DM us if you would like someone to talk to.

We know there's a lot going on in Israel at the moment. Looking for a space to talk about it? DM us or reach out to Sapi...
05/13/2021

We know there's a lot going on in Israel at the moment. Looking for a space to talk about it? DM us or reach out to Sapir at @sapir_benzvi for the zoom link! Today at 2:30 p.m.

We know there's a lot going on in Israel at the moment. Looking for a space to talk about it? DM us or reach out to Sapir at @sapir_benzvi for the zoom link! Today at 2:30 p.m.

To celebrate the end of the semester, we wanted to share some memories of your Shabbat! Despite difficult times, we have...
05/12/2021

To celebrate the end of the semester, we wanted to share some memories of your Shabbat! Despite difficult times, we have been able to eat, laugh, gather, and celebrate our beautiful and resilient culture together. Swipe to see a little bit of what of our community looks like!

We can't believe it's already finals week! Throughout the week, we'll be sharing some of our favorite memories from this...
05/10/2021

We can't believe it's already finals week! Throughout the week, we'll be sharing some of our favorite memories from this past year. While it's been a crazy year full of challenges and unexpected changes, we're so thankful for the UMass Hillel community that we got to share so many amazing memories with. What was your favorite part of the past year?

We made our match! Last week, our community rallied and collectively raised more than $30K for UMass Hillel! Thank you f...
05/10/2021

We made our match! Last week, our community rallied and collectively raised more than $30K for UMass Hillel! Thank you for supporting Jewish campus life at UMass during #HillelGlobalGivingWeek.

Missed your chance but still want to give? No problem! Go to www.umasshillel.org/donate

We made our match! Last week, our community rallied and collectively raised more than $30K for UMass Hillel! Thank you for supporting Jewish campus life at UMass during #HillelGlobalGivingWeek.

Missed your chance but still want to give? No problem! Go to www.umasshillel.org/donate

Today is the last day of #HillelGlobalGIvingWeek and we're highlighting the Hillel Senior Honorees that profoundly impac...
05/07/2021
Hillel Global Giving Week #SeniorSendoff

Today is the last day of #HillelGlobalGIvingWeek and we're highlighting the Hillel Senior Honorees that profoundly impacted our campus community. #SeniorSendoff #MazelTov!
https://vimeo.com/546095818

We're so close to our goal! If you're able please donate today: donate.hillel.org/umass

We're wrapping up #HillelGlobalGivingWeek with a special tribute to our Seniors, and celebrating the ways that they profoundly impacted our Jewish campus community!…

05/06/2021

#HillelGlobalGivingWeek
#ThrowbackThursday
Your generosity sustains the next generation of Jewish students at UMass!

donate.hillel.org/umass

Cynthia Levin ('59) and Norman Gessman ('57) were at the same Seder with UMass Hillel on April 4, 1954 and were neighbor...
05/05/2021

Cynthia Levin ('59) and Norman Gessman ('57) were at the same Seder with UMass Hillel on April 4, 1954 and were neighbors during their time at UMass, though they never actually met. It wasn't until years later, through a chance meeting, that they realized the connection. They are now married.

Please help sustain the next generation of Jewish leaders by making a donation today! #YouHadMeAtHillel #HillelGlobalGivingWeek

Please donate today to help unlock our $15,000 matching gift.

To donate, go to: donate.hillel.org/umass

Cynthia Levin ('59) and Norman Gessman ('57) were at the same Seder with UMass Hillel on April 4, 1954 and were neighbors during their time at UMass, though they never actually met. It wasn't until years later, through a chance meeting, that they realized the connection. They are now married.

Please help sustain the next generation of Jewish leaders by making a donation today! #YouHadMeAtHillel #HillelGlobalGivingWeek

Please donate today to help unlock our $15,000 matching gift.

To donate, go to: donate.hillel.org/umass

Zippy and Dan Brown (both '13) met their freshman year at Kosher Dining in Franklin and quickly became friends. They spe...
05/05/2021

Zippy and Dan Brown (both '13) met their freshman year at Kosher Dining in Franklin and quickly became friends. They spent almost every Shabbat at Hillel and served on the KHH (now Degel) board together. They married in 2016.
We're so close to reaching our goal! Please donate today to help us meet our $15,000 match!
#YouHadMeAtHillel #HillelGlobalGivingWeek

Please donate today to help unlock a $15,000 matching gift to UMass Hillel

To donate, go to: donate.hillel.org/umass

Zippy and Dan Brown (both '13) met their freshman year at Kosher Dining in Franklin and quickly became friends. They spent almost every Shabbat at Hillel and served on the KHH (now Degel) board together. They married in 2016.
We're so close to reaching our goal! Please donate today to help us meet our $15,000 match!
#YouHadMeAtHillel #HillelGlobalGivingWeek

Please donate today to help unlock a $15,000 matching gift to UMass Hillel

To donate, go to: donate.hillel.org/umass

#WhereAreTheyNow? Evan and Micaela Sheinhait (both '14) were members of UMass Hillel's Ruach Group back in 2013. Today, ...
05/04/2021

#WhereAreTheyNow? Evan and Micaela Sheinhait (both '14) were members of UMass Hillel's Ruach Group back in 2013. Today, they're married. He's a rabbi at Brandeis Hillel and she's the Development Manager at BU Hillel. #HillelGlobalGivingWeek

Please help us unlock $15,000 in matching gifts today

To donate, go to: donate.hillel.org/umass

#WhereAreTheyNow? Evan and Micaela Sheinhait (both '14) were members of UMass Hillel's Ruach Group back in 2013. Today, they're married. He's a rabbi at Brandeis Hillel and she's the Development Manager at BU Hillel. #HillelGlobalGivingWeek

Please help us unlock $15,000 in matching gifts today

To donate, go to: donate.hillel.org/umass

#WhereAreTheyNow? Hillel president Eric Traiger ('88) is pictured with the then-Hillel Executive Director, Rabbi Saul Pe...
05/04/2021

#WhereAreTheyNow? Hillel president Eric Traiger ('88) is pictured with the then-Hillel Executive Director, Rabbi Saul Perlmutter in 1985. Today, Eric is Yaakov Traiger, a rabbi in New Jersey and Rabbi Saul is retired in the Northampton area. #HillelGlobalGivingWeek

If you are able, please help us unlock $15,000 in matching gifts - the first $5,000 raised will be TRIPLE matched!
To donate, go to: donate.hillel.org/umass

#WhereAreTheyNow? Hillel president Eric Traiger ('88) is pictured with the then-Hillel Executive Director, Rabbi Saul Perlmutter in 1985. Today, Eric is Yaakov Traiger, a rabbi in New Jersey and Rabbi Saul is retired in the Northampton area. #HillelGlobalGivingWeek

If you are able, please help us unlock $15,000 in matching gifts - the first $5,000 raised will be TRIPLE matched!
To donate, go to: donate.hillel.org/umass

#HillelCares - Sara Woods ('21) cares deeply about food insecurity and food justice, and her work with UMass Hillel's Ch...
05/03/2021

#HillelCares - Sara Woods ('21) cares deeply about food insecurity and food justice, and her work with UMass Hillel's Challah for Hunger Chapter helps those in need. "Everyone deserves to thrive, and actions must be taken to accomplish this!" says Sara.

#HillelGlobalGivingWeek. The 1st $5,000 raised will be TRIPLE matched.

Please donate today: donate.hillel.org/umass

#HillelCares - Sara Woods ('21) cares deeply about food insecurity and food justice, and her work with UMass Hillel's Challah for Hunger Chapter helps those in need. "Everyone deserves to thrive, and actions must be taken to accomplish this!" says Sara.

#HillelGlobalGivingWeek. The 1st $5,000 raised will be TRIPLE matched.

Please donate today: donate.hillel.org/umass

#HillelCares - We're kicking off #HillelGlobalGivingWeek by highlighting students that care about our campus community a...
05/03/2021

#HillelCares - We're kicking off #HillelGlobalGivingWeek by highlighting students that care about our campus community and improve our world. Below, UMass Hillel students join forces with AEPi for a "Walk to Remember" in commemoration of the Holocaust and Yom Hashoah. #HillelGlobalGivingWeek

#TripleYourImpact! If you're able, please donate today: donate.hillel.org/umass

#HillelCares - We're kicking off #HillelGlobalGivingWeek by highlighting students that care about our campus community and improve our world. Below, UMass Hillel students join forces with AEPi for a "Walk to Remember" in commemoration of the Holocaust and Yom Hashoah. #HillelGlobalGivingWeek

#TripleYourImpact! If you're able, please donate today: donate.hillel.org/umass

05/02/2021
Let's Do This! Hillel Global Giving Week

#HillelGlobalGivingWeek starts today! Please consider donating donate.hillel.org/umass to help us unlock up to $15,000 in matching gifts this week only.

05/01/2021

Hillel Global Giving Week starts Sunday! Please help UMass Hillel unlock up to $15,000 in matching gifts by donating today online at:

donate.hillel.org/umass

Today is #UMassGives Day! We're proud to partner with UMass for this campus-wide, 2-day giving campaign. You can give ba...
04/30/2021

Today is #UMassGives Day! We're proud to partner with UMass for this campus-wide, 2-day giving campaign. You can give back to your favorite part of campus, including Hillel! Your gift of any amount helps our entire campus community and supports Jewish campus life! If you are able to participate, please make your gift today: https://bit.ly/3dYCroF

Today is #UMassGives Day! We're proud to partner with UMass for this campus-wide, 2-day giving campaign. You can give back to your favorite part of campus, including Hillel! Your gift of any amount helps our entire campus community and supports Jewish campus life! If you are able to participate, please make your gift today: https://bit.ly/3dYCroF

Today is #UMassGives Day! We're proud to partner with UMass for this campus-wide, 2-day giving campaign. You can give ba...
04/29/2021

Today is #UMassGives Day! We're proud to partner with UMass for this campus-wide, 2-day giving campaign. You can give back to your favorite part of campus, including Hillel! Your gift of any amount helps our entire campus community and supports Jewish campus life! If you are able to participate, please make your gift today: https://bit.ly/3dYCroF

Today is #UMassGives Day! We're proud to partner with UMass for this campus-wide, 2-day giving campaign. You can give back to your favorite part of campus, including Hillel! Your gift of any amount helps our entire campus community and supports Jewish campus life! If you are able to participate, please make your gift today: https://bit.ly/3dYCroF

04/27/2021
We're looking for rising seniors, juniors, and sophomores to be facilitators for FreshFest, UMass Hillel's pre-orientati...
04/26/2021

We're looking for rising seniors, juniors, and sophomores to be facilitators for FreshFest, UMass Hillel's pre-orientation program for new students! Facilitators will be responsible for serving as guides & mentors to the participants and introducing them to UMass.

Click here to apply: https://umasshillel.wufoo.com/forms/zh3p0hm1e9qt84/

We're looking for rising seniors, juniors, and sophomores to be facilitators for FreshFest, UMass Hillel's pre-orientation program for new students! Facilitators will be responsible for serving as guides & mentors to the participants and introducing them to UMass.

Click here to apply: https://umasshillel.wufoo.com/forms/zh3p0hm1e9qt84/

Enjoy the great outdoors with friends and get some good exercise on Sunday, April 25th as Degel invites you to hike Moun...
04/22/2021

Enjoy the great outdoors with friends and get some good exercise on Sunday, April 25th as Degel invites you to hike Mount Norwottuck. We'll meet at Noon and be in touch with the exact location of the meeting! Click the link to register: https://forms.gle/1hFm9iFkocez8Jjr9

Enjoy the great outdoors with friends and get some good exercise on Sunday, April 25th as Degel invites you to hike Mount Norwottuck. We'll meet at Noon and be in touch with the exact location of the meeting! Click the link to register: https://forms.gle/1hFm9iFkocez8Jjr9

In honor of Earth Day 2021, enjoy some pics of students working the soil and garnering some tasty rewards from 2012 and ...
04/22/2021

In honor of Earth Day 2021, enjoy some pics of students working the soil and garnering some tasty rewards from 2012 and 2014! Did you help sow the seeds at Hillel? Tell us about it! #throwbackthursday #umasshillel #umasshillelalums #earthday

Join us outside UMass Hillel on Friday, April 23rd at 5:00 pm for our weekly cornhole, cookies (both Insomnia and packag...
04/21/2021

Join us outside UMass Hillel on Friday, April 23rd at 5:00 pm for our weekly cornhole, cookies (both Insomnia and packaged Kosher options), and conversation!

Know you're planning on joining us? Please RSVP each week to ensure we can maintain social distancing practices. Thanks for helping keep our community healthy and safe!

https://forms.gle/GFB1sQRoSoybpJyW6

Join us outside UMass Hillel on Friday, April 23rd at 5:00 pm for our weekly cornhole, cookies (both Insomnia and packaged Kosher options), and conversation!

Know you're planning on joining us? Please RSVP each week to ensure we can maintain social distancing practices. Thanks for helping keep our community healthy and safe!

https://forms.gle/GFB1sQRoSoybpJyW6

HILLEL GLOBAL GIVING WEEK IS COMING! From May 2-7, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $2,000 per gif...
04/21/2021

HILLEL GLOBAL GIVING WEEK IS COMING! From May 2-7, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $2,000 per gift and $5,000 total to UMass Hillel, which makes your generous gift go even further in supporting Jewish life on campus. #HillelGlobalGivingWeek #umasshillel #goumass

HILLEL GLOBAL GIVING WEEK IS COMING! From May 2-7, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $2,000 per gift and $5,000 total to UMass Hillel, which makes your generous gift go even further in supporting Jewish life on campus. #HillelGlobalGivingWeek #umasshillel #goumass

Our statement regarding the recent graffiti at UMass:
04/20/2021

Our statement regarding the recent graffiti at UMass:

Our statement regarding the recent graffiti at UMass:

Thank you to everyone who made Israel Peace Week 2021 so successful! Swipe for some pictures from our Yom Hashoah Walk t...
04/20/2021

Thank you to everyone who made Israel Peace Week 2021 so successful! Swipe for some pictures from our Yom Hashoah Walk to Remember & Yom Ha’atzmaut barbecue! 💙

UMass Hillel is delighted to offer in-person Shabbat Dinner again for the first time in over a year, outdoors starting A...
04/20/2021

UMass Hillel is delighted to offer in-person Shabbat Dinner again for the first time in over a year, outdoors starting April 23rd! You can either pick-up as usual, or choose to stay and eat outside from 4:30-6:00pm on Friday at Hillel.

Click the link to sign up: https://forms.gle/FjEB5PH7Equ5qjLX8

UMass Hillel is delighted to offer in-person Shabbat Dinner again for the first time in over a year, outdoors starting April 23rd! You can either pick-up as usual, or choose to stay and eat outside from 4:30-6:00pm on Friday at Hillel.

Click the link to sign up: https://forms.gle/FjEB5PH7Equ5qjLX8

It's almost the end of the year! To celebrate our wonderful students and all the hard work you've put in this past year,...
04/16/2021

It's almost the end of the year! To celebrate our wonderful students and all the hard work you've put in this past year, we'd love to send you a care package before finals with some goodies to help you study, de-stress, and get through the week.

Orders are limited to ONE box per current student, and will be available both for pickup for students local to the Amherst area, and shipping for those who are remote.

The order form will close on Monday, April 26th at 11:59 p.m. Order at bit.ly/umassfinals2021

It's almost the end of the year! To celebrate our wonderful students and all the hard work you've put in this past year, we'd love to send you a care package before finals with some goodies to help you study, de-stress, and get through the week.

Orders are limited to ONE box per current student, and will be available both for pickup for students local to the Amherst area, and shipping for those who are remote.

The order form will close on Monday, April 26th at 11:59 p.m. Order at bit.ly/umassfinals2021

Celebrating Yom Ha'atzmaut! Happy Independence Day, Israel!
04/15/2021

Celebrating Yom Ha'atzmaut! Happy Independence Day, Israel!

Celebrating Yom Ha'atzmaut! Happy Independence Day, Israel!

Henia Lewin, a Holocaust survivor from Amherst, continues to tell her story to students during Israel Peace Week. In 201...
04/15/2021

Henia Lewin, a Holocaust survivor from Amherst, continues to tell her story to students during Israel Peace Week. In 2018, she came to Hillel; this year, due to Covid, she told her story through Zoom. Have you heard her speak? Tell us about it. If you haven't heard her story, read it here: https://tinyurl.com/yw2rnbxs #umasshillel #isreaelpeaceweek #throwbackthursday.

Henia Lewin, a Holocaust survivor from Amherst, continues to tell her story to students during Israel Peace Week. In 2018, she came to Hillel; this year, due to Covid, she told her story through Zoom. Have you heard her speak? Tell us about it. If you haven't heard her story, read it here: https://tinyurl.com/yw2rnbxs #umasshillel #isreaelpeaceweek #throwbackthursday.

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388 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA
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Opportunities for students include: • Social events – BBQ’s, hikes, movie nights, Bagel Brunches, and more • Community service – locally and in Mississippi, New Orleans, Uruguay, and Israel • Birthright – we offer four FREE trips to Israel every year, two in the summer and two in the winter • Shabbat and holiday services & meals (Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox) • Residence in Hillel’s Jewish Living and Learning Community • Information about jobs, scholarships, travel, study, careers And much more… Hillel House offers many helpful resources: a library full of various Jewish texts, free WiFi, a kosher kitchen & dining room, lounges and study areas, conference room, the Max Goldberg Jewish Living and Learning Community housing up to 26 students on the third floor, along with the most important resource of all, our great staff. The PVTA bus stop is half a block away. If you drive to the Hillel House please use the metered public parking behind the Robsham Visitors Center. Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9am-4:30; Friday 9am-2pm

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We empower students through the vitality of Jewish life to cultivate purposeful, healthy lives and relationships that better our community and world.

With UMass Hillel, Jewish students of all backgrounds and those curious to learn more about Judaism are invited to create Jewish community. At the Grinspoon Hillel House, we’ve got free WIFI, a library full of various Jewish texts, a kosher kitchen, and a variety of events during the school year including social events, classes, religious services, and free food. Stop by and say hello!

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May is Jewish American Heritage Month. You are invited to visit the newly expanded website http://www.amuseum.org/jahf to read and watch videos about honorees such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Albert Einstein, Joseph Pulitzer, Barbra Streisand, etc.
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Less than ONE week away! Pre-register here: https://bit.ly/3b1gGTv UMASS HILLEL ALUMS 2000-2020! Join us for our first ever Hillel Alumni Happy Hour! March 17 at 7 p.m. Just bring your favorite beverage and your best memories!
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Anyone looking for an apartment share next to Umass Medical ?
CALL FOR PRODUCERS AND DIRECTORS! In alliance with UMass Students for Reproductive Justice, we are producing our annual show, Nostras Voces (Our Voices), a multi-media art show and performance to uplift marginalized student voices. Auditions would start in November and we would be practicing twice a week until our performances in February. No experience needed, we aim to be a collaborative, explorative, and inclusive art process. If you have any additional inquiries feel free to message me or email [email protected]
Hi! My mom works for the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston and is on campus tabling at the SBS Non-Profits & Social Impact Career Fair at the Old Chapel from now until 3 PM. If you're interested in a career or summer position in anything from marketing to early childhood education she would love to meet some of you!
Don't wait till your relatives are gone to start researching your family tree! It's amazing what you might discover. The Western Mass Jewish Genealogical Society has great resources for finding your roots. We're on FB or at www.wmjgs.org (get on our email list). If you'd like to get started (or are already into it and need some help), come to our research workshop on 2/10/19, 1-3:30 pm, at Chicopee Public Library. Register by 2/3/19 for private 20-minute sessions with experienced mentors.
Hello! My name is Tali Shapiro, and I'm a student at Vassar College. I wanted to tell you all about an upcoming training with the organization IfNotNow from August 10-12 in Boston: a movement of young Jews dedicated to ending American Jewish support for the Occupation. Over the two days, we'll be strategizing and talking about how to bring our Birthright Campaign to college campuses. Housing is available and all traveling expenses will be reimbursed. Feel free to message me Tali Shapiro if you're interested and fill out this google registration form.
"We must never lose sight of the fact that Israeli-Palestinian peace is possible and it will be reached. It will be based on the end of the occupation, the establishment of a democratic Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza; a shared open capital in Jerusalem; economic cooperation; water sharing; mutual respect and recognition of the dignity and importance of both sides political, cultural, historic and religious heritage in this land; the removal of Israeli settlers in the West Bank and Gaza and the end of the suffering of the Palestinian refugees through return to the State of Palestine (for those who want it) with financial compensation and assistance for the resettlement, housing and employment generation for all Palestinian refugees. This was, is and will be the basis for peace between Israel and Palestine." From In Pursuit of Peace in Israel and Palestine
The Jewish Community of Amherst is looking for talented and enthusaistic Jewish educators to fill a number of positions for the 2018/19 school year. Multiple positions available from regular Sunday morning classroom jobs, to monthly jobs working with teens or tots. To apply for this job, please read the information below about our educational mission, and send a resume and cover letter to: [email protected] JCA Education Mission: JCA Education aims to create opportunities for children and families to engage in Jewish learning and Jewish life within a safe and welcoming community environment. Tikkun olam (repair of the world), shomrei adamah (earth stewardship), kehila (community), b'tzelem elohim ( inclusion) and ze­hoot (identity) are the foundational tenets of JCA's educational programs. Youth are encouraged to explore their connection to Judaism and their understanding of what God and prayer means to them, to participate in synagogue life, to express themselves creatively and authentically, and to treat themselves and others with compassion. Adults are encouraged to deepen their understanding of and connection to Jewish tradition through artistic, intellectual and ritual learning opportunities. JCA educational programs employ arts, outdoor learning, study of sacred texts, Hebrew language, music, movement, storytelling and more. We employ a variety of learning modalities and emphasize collaborative and experiential learning. We encourage hands­-on programs that help people of all ages and abilities apply their learning to their Judaisms and the world around them.