September 2016
Shana Tova U'Metuka
May you have a sweet New Year
The High Holidays are just around the corner and with that we welcome the time for family, reflection and renewal.   The High Holidays are one of the most bonding experiences in all of Judaism. Many Jews return to the community after a long year to return and rejoice in the coming of the New Year, and new beginnings. And as the Shofar sounds on Rosh Hashanah, we all pray as one nation, one people. 

So let's all come together as the New Year approaches, and usher in the New Year as one strong Community of UCONN Hillel. Here at UConn Hillel, the staff, student leadership, and Jewish community are looking forward to the year ahead with new ideas to enhance the life of our kehillah kedoshah, sacred community. 

Wishing you a sweet new year, from our family to yours- Shana Tova. 
A Snapshot Into Our Semester
The Welcome Back BBQ
UConn Hillel welcomed new and returning faces at it's annual Welcome Back BBQ. Students enjoyed food, games and getting to know one another before the hectic semester began.

The First Year Students of Hillel (FYSH) Bonfire

Over 80 freshmen turned out for the annual FYSH bonfire. Freshmen had an opportunity to make s'mores, meet their upperclassmen mentors and get to know one another.

Birthright Israel Party

(Participants from the past summer's trip reunited at our Israel Party)

UConn Hillel, along with Birthright trip provider Israel Experts) hosted an informational Israel party. Over 40 students had the opportunity to hear from past Birthright participants, learn more about the trip and even register at the event. Students also enjoyed ice cream and the world premier of Noa Rifkin's, Hillel's Israel Fellow, Birthright video

If you would like more information regarding our winter or summer birthright trip, please contact Noa Rifkin.

Arava Research Institute
On Wednesday, September 21, UConn Hillel welcomed the Arava Research Institute, an environmental research organization, that provides study abroad opportunities and internships, with a focus on co-assistance in the Middle East.  The  Arava Institute for Environmental Studies , welcomes students from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, the United States, and around the world with the goal of aspiring them to become the next generation of regional and environmental leaders.  At the Arava Institute, they believe that the best way to sustainably solve environmental issues is to work cooperatively throughout the region -- and to ensure that "Nature Knows No Borders." 

UConn Open House
(L-R:Emma Strumpf, Samantha Schwartz, Director of Jewish Student Life Michele Schulman, Sarah Cooper)

UConn Hillel welcomed dozens of prospective huskies to UConn on 9/18 for open house. Students and staff spoke to parents and students at Gampel and gave tours of the Hillel building throughout the day. 
Alumni Spotlight
Joshua Squire 
Josh Squire is a recent UConn grad having completed his Bachelor of Arts in 2015 with a degree in Political Science.

While Josh greatly enjoyed his studies and continues to utilize the knowledge he obtained in the classroom in his everyday life, he believes that the greatest educational impact for him happened outside the classroom, and much of it within the walls of the UConn Hillel.

Josh explored his passion for politics and leadership development by becoming a co-founder of the UConn Political Action Committee, which advocated for a strong USA-Israel relationship. This catalyzed Josh's involvement in Hillel, which led him to become the student board president and later a development intern. The mentorship and leadership training Josh had access to in Hillel helped him become a founding father of Sigma Alpha Mu - Epsilon Nu Fraternity, holding key positions with recruitment and community relations. All of these experiences solidified Josh's desire to be a Jewish professional. 

Since graduation, Josh has been a Development Associate for the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven with a focus on young adult Jewish engagement, Israel partnership, and providing community members opportunities to be engaged, as well as express their philanthropy to support their community. Josh also is a BBYO advisor in Woodbridge, CT and he serves on the UConn Hillel Board of Directors. 
Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

High Holiday Services
Please join us for the High Holidays! 
All dinners and services and open and free to all students, parents, alumni and community members.
Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, October 2
Services - 6:15pm
Dinner - 7:15pm
Monday, October 3rd
Services - 10:30am
Lunch - 1pm
Taschlich - 3pm
Services - 6pm
Dinner - 7pm
Tuesday, October 4th
Services - 10:30am
Lunch - 1pm
Dinner - 7pm

Yom Kippur
Tuesday, October 11
Pre-Fast Dinner - 5pm
Kol Nidre Services - 6pm
Wednesday, October 12th
Services - 10:30am
Services - 5pm
Break-the-Fast Dinner - 7pm

RSVP to Michele at!
Want to lead a part? Let Michele know too!
UConn Homecoming and Tailgate
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Grad(Jew)ate Student Organization Happy Hour
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Contact Us

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Trachten-Zachs Hillel House
54 N. Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT, 06268
Phone: 860.429.9007
Fax: 860.429.2344

Our Staff

Scott Selig
Interim Executive Director
tel: 860.429.9007 Ext 101

Emily Block
Assistant Director
tel: 860.429.9007 Ext 102
cell: 203.556.4370

Michele Schulman
Director of Jewish Student Life
tel: 860.429.9007 Ext 103
cell: 951.264.9014

Noa Rifkin
Jewish Agency Israel Fellow to UConn Hillel
tel: 860.429.9007  Ext 105
cell: 860.574.2379

Maureen Harakaly
Office Manager
Tel: 860.429.9007 Ext 100