The Hillels of Illinois
In Illinois, Hillel provides opportunities for Jewish students to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity at 16 different Hillels on Illinois Campuses, as well as through Hillel Regional programs and our affiliation with Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. Hillel adds value – and Jewish values – to the lives of Jewish college students and the entire campus community.
Our Mission: Enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.
Our Vision: We envision a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.
Why is Hillel important to the Jewish community?
“A student’s involvement with Hillel is one of the strongest predictors of future Jewish leadership …” Avi Chai Foundation Study, 2010
It is estimated that 85% of college age Jews in America – approximately 400,000 individuals - attend some form of institution of higher education. These college years offer the last and best opportunity to inspire Jewish commitment among young people before they disperse to the working world. Many young Jewish people know little of their rich heritage. Hillel provides Jewish content at a time when students are searching for meaning in their lives and are in danger of losing a vibrant sense of Jewish identity and assimilating into the general community.
How is the Hillels of Illinois structured?
- Hillel Foundations in Illinois
- Metro Chicago Hillel
- The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- Columbia College Chicago
- DePaul University
- The Illinois Institute of Technology
- Loyola University Chicago
- Northeastern Illinois University
- The Mildred & William Levine Hillel Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago
- Oakton Community College
- Roosevelt University
- The Louis & Saerree Fiedler Hillel Center at Northwestern University
- The Johanna & Herman H. Newberger Hillel Center at the University of Chicago
- The Margie K. & Louis N. Cohen Center for Jewish Life at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Metro Chicago Hillel
- Hillel Program Centers
- Bradley University in Peoria
- Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal
- Hillel at Loyola University in Chicago
- Northern Illinois University in DeKalb
- Southern Illinois University in Carbondale
Who Funds The Hillels of Illinois?
Hillel has been the central address for Jewish students on college campuses since it was founded at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 1923. Today, The Hillels of Illinois is a department of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and a branch of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. As such it receives generous support from the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Jewish Federations around the state, and Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. It also receives significant support from alumni and parents at the campuses on which it operates, as well as from individual benefactors and foundations.