Welcoming New Students

Hillel has many incredible options for incoming students to get involved in Jewish life on campus! We offer a variety of programming and resources to help rising freshman adjust to college life, make new friends, and connect with fellow peers. More information about each of these options can be found below!

Visiting Hillel • Fresh Fest • FYSHEngagement Interns
Israel & Birthright • Hillel Shabbat • Religious LifeRoommates


Visiting Hillel

If you would like to meet with a staff member to discuss Jewish life on campus, or would like to arrange a tour of our building, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with Ethan Sobel, our Assistant Director, by emailing esobel@bu.edu. Our doors are also always open, so feel free to stop by during our business hours and someone at the front desk would love to give you more information!

First Year Students of Hillel

11910910_10152982168511583_6986577097053248147_oThe main purpose of FYSH (the First Year Students of Hillel) – is to help introduce the new freshman class at Boston University to the Hillel community. We strive to give incoming students a better understanding of what Jewish culture consists of and assist them in their transition from their previous Jewish communities to the one offered here at BU. Our goal is to bridge the gap between freshman and upperclassmen here at Hillel by fostering new relationships that will make adjusting to the Hillel community and college life much easier. It is our challenge to recruit first year students to join in Jewish life through innovative programming, while constructively providing centralized educational and social resources.

Get involved!

Wanna get involved, or have other questions? Here are some awesome people you should contact:

Jacob Gurvis
Director of Outreach – Hillel Student Board

Engagement Interns

Our engagement interns are a group of students dedicated to helping incoming freshman learn more about life at Boston University and the BU Hillel community! For more information and a free cup of coffee with one of our interns, email our Assistant Director, Ethan Sobel at esobel@bu.edu.

Israel Programming and Birthright

For more information about getting involved with Israel on campus, click here. For more information about Birthright, click here.

Religious Life

To learn more about religious life, contact Rabbi Schwartz at rabbiyd@bu.edu, check out our Spiritual Life tab in the navigation bar, or learn more about Jewish Learning at Hillel.