About Your Donation

A special note on the COVID-19 situation:

Dear BU Hillel Friends, we want you to know we are thinking of you, and hope wherever you are, you are safe and healthy.  And we want to thank you for your support of BU Hillel.  

When BU closed campus earlier this spring, our hearts broke. College is the best time in a young person’s life, and instantly students were sent home. Students live for being on campus, hanging with friends, and creating lifelong memories. Our hearts go out to each BU Terrier.

Since we launched Virtual BU Hillel in March, we have welcomed 900+ students to over 100 programs. More important, we have been there for our students when they need us most. Our staff and student interns have conducted 900+ one-on-one interactions and conversations during this challenging time. When students get on Zoom or Facetime with us, they share their emotions, struggles, and victories – and we celebrate them and listen to them. Also, they have shared their love for each other and desire to create purpose and meaning.

Helping students live meaningful, joyous, Jewish lives has never been more important than now. We need your support more than ever in this unprecedented time. Please see ways to give below.

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Thank you for supporting Jewish life at Boston University! Your philanthropic giving enables BU Hillel to empower students to ignite their passions, activate community, and engage the world around them. BU Hillel is an independent 501(c)3 organization, and all donations are fully tax-deductible. Gifts made by individuals and family foundations are processed by Boston University and count towards The Campaign for Boston University.

Ways to give:

Please email Ethan Sobel (esobel@bu.edu) with any questions about your donation.

These are a few of the ways your donations are supporting BU students:

Engagement Internship – “Coffee Crew”

Our goal is to dramatically increase the quality and quantity and one-on-one meetings we have with Jewish students across campus. The 20-person Engagement Intern team, dubbed the “Coffee Crew”, works to invite individuals to a conversation over coffee (or tea) to discuss what brings joy and meaning to their lives.
– $5,000 covers a semester of Coffee Crew interns and coffee dates with uninvolved or first-year Jewish students
– $1,000 covers 100 staff/student coffee dates with uninvolved or first-year Jewish students
– $500 covers 50 staff/student coffee dates with uninvolved or first-year Jewish students

Rabbinic Internship

Each year, we hire one or two rabbinic interns to teach, mentor and guide BU students, exponentially increasing Hillel’s capacity to provide religious leadership and pastoral care. Our interns are students at Hebrew College, a non-denominational rabbinical school located in Newton, MA (where Rabbi Elie received his ordination in 2017 and where Reb Jevin is expected to receive his in June 2019).

Shabbat and Holiday Meals

There’s nothing like fresh homemade challah, the familiar smell of delicious food, and a warm, welcoming community with whom to celebrate Shabbat and other Jewish holidays. For 34 Shabbatot per year, BU Hillel enables students to curate meaningful and fun Shabbat experiences on campus, as well as programming and meals to celebrate the High Holidays, Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim, and Passover.

Alternative Spring Break

Among the most impactful experiences students have are cohort-based travel. In addition to offering a number of ways for students to spend time in Israel, BU Hillel takes a group of students on an Alternative Spring Break trip focused on community service and social justice. Students return to campus with a newfound appreciation for their Jewish heritage, and we would love to be able to offer multiple opportunities per year for this kind of travel.