Ways to Contribute

Engagement Interns, “Coffee Crew”
Our goal is to dramatically increase the quantity and quality of 1×1’s we have with Jewish students across campus. The 12 person Engagement Intern team, dubbed “Coffee Crew”, works to invite individuals to 1×1 discovery meetings to help acquaint them with Jewish life, campus, and new friends.

  • $5,000 covers a semester of Coffee Crew interns and 500 staff/student 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

Welcome Back
The thirst for friends and connection is at an all-time high during the first week of school. Our welcome back events give new and returning students a chance to connect with their Jewish community and get excited for the months ahead.

  • $2,500 covers a delicious Sunday lox bagel brunch for 150 students and family members
  • $1,500 covers scholarships to 20-30 freshmen to attend BU Hillel’s signature first-year orientation program, Fresh Fest
  • $500 covers a delicious BBQ on the main BU Beach for 50 students

Sukkah Time!
Hillel’s physical symbolism expands beyond our building during Sukkot – going beyond just meals, we welcome musicians, artists, foodies, poets and more to invigorate our Sukkah into a hub of student innovation.

  • $5,000 covers the annual rental of a Sukkah to hold 150+ for meals and events
  • $1,000 covers major Sukkot social events along with part of the rental costs
  • $500 covers a delicious BBQ in the Sukkah

Signature Events
These are the events that everyone on campus knows about – we see 500+ for each and helps build the BU Hillel brand as welcoming, inclusive, and fun!

  • $5,000 covers Latkepalooza, a campus wide Chanukah celebration giving away 5,000 latkes and jelly donuts
  • $2,500 covers a Block Party in the initial weeks of school – full of delicious food, give-a-ways and a DJ calling the shots – this event sets the fun and vivacious Hillel stage for freshmen
  • $1,000 covers food at one of our signature events throughout the academic year
  • $500 covers a live DJ at our opening Block party

Shabbat Shalom!

There’s nothing like a fresh home-made challah, the familiar smell of delicious food and a warm welcoming community to attract hundreds of students every Shabbat…This defines the Shabbat program at Boston University Hillel.

  • $5,000 covers a full Shabbat for 250 students
  • $2,500 covers 2 Saturday Shabbat lunches for 75 students each
  • $1,000 covers up to 4 micro-Shabbats across campus with various Jewish life student groups we partner with.
  • $500 covers Shabbat meal subsidies for 50 students without or on a limited meal plan
  • $250 covers Shabbat meal subsidies for 50 students without or on a limited meal plan

Family & Friends Weekend

The quintessential time to visit and celebrate with your students. Festive meals, schmoozing, meeting other families and enjoying the beautiful Charles River campus – a perfect way to enjoy New England’s fall weather in October.

  • $5,000 covers a the full Shabbat dinner for 250 students and family members
  • $2,500 covers a delicious Sunday lox bagel brunch for 150 students and family members
  • $1,500 covers a welcoming Saturday Shabbat lunch and Kiddush for 150 students & family members
  • $500 covers a delicious Sunday lox bagel brunch for 50 students and family members
  • $250 covers subsidies for a delicious Saturday Shabbat lunch and Kiddush for 150 students & family members

Hillel Building Redesign

The initial steps into the Hillel building are often the most impactful. Help us redesign and instill vivacity in our magnificent Florence & Chafetz Hillel House.

  • $10,000 covers a total building redesign with new furniture, surround sound, visual projectors, improved lighting, signage, colorful floor coverings, large potted plants, etc.
  • $5,000 covers a total lobby redesign with improved lighting, signage, colorful floor coverings, large potted plants, etc.
  • $2,500 covers a partial lobby redesign with selections from improved lighting, signage, colorful floor coverings, new furniture, and large potted plants
  • $1,000 focuses on improving the outside front of our building with improved lighting, large potted plants and A-frame signage
  • $500 covers large potted plants outside of our building and in the lobbu

High Holidays

Hillel is here for your students if they can’t get home or prefer to stay on campus. With options ranging across Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and alternative services, we are as inclusive as possible.

  • $5,000 covers a service leader for one service for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur
  • $2,500 covers a delicious holiday meals for 100-125 students
  • $1,000 covers holiday meal subsides for 100 students
  • $500 covers subsidies for a break fast meal on Yom Kippur for 100 students

Passover Seders

Passover often falls right ahead of finals, the time students are stressed and need a home cooked meal with community and relaxation. Passover at Hillel provides respite for students to get away for an evening and connect over a meaningful and festive meal. With options for progressive and traditional students, we welcome everyone.

  • $5,000 covers Seder meal subsidies for 200 students and the stipend of one Seder leader for both nights
  • $2,500 covers two Seder leaders for first and second nights
  • $1,000 covers Seder meal subsidies for 100 students

Jewish Penicillin Hotline

We deliver kosher matzo ball soup with chicken or vegetable broth to sick students on campus at no cost. If they’re feeling sick, or need a warm pick me up meal, Hillel will get them the soup fix!

  • $1,000 covers 100 matzo ball soup portions and deliveries to sick or stressed students
  • $500 covers 50 matzo ball soup portions and deliveries to sick or stressed students
  • $250 covers 25 matzo ball soup portions and deliveries to sick or stressed students