Student Organizations

For information about any of our student organizations, please contact Lily Nagy-Deak.

Student Organizations

Alternative Breaks

Spend your spring break making a difference in the lives of others. Travel with other UW students to a community in need, work on a service project, and get the chance to explore world. Visit the UW Hillel Alternative Break to see where else we have traveled .


Ask Big Questions

Ask Big Questions (ABQ), a national Hillel initiative, cultivates civil society by providing a safe space for students to engage the big questions of life that all humans wonder about. UW Hillel's ABQ Fellows will facilitate discussions with peers and student groups and will establish an open environment on campus to Ask Big Questions. Contact Jen Jennings


Capitol Lakes Shabbat

Once a month, Hillel brings UW students to the Capitol Lakes retirement community to celebrate Shabbat with songs, challah and sharing in a small, intimate community. The Shabbat gathering is led by students and by Rabbi Andrea Steinberger. It is a great opportunity to connect with an older generation and help to create a wonderful inter-generational community. Hillel is a proud partner with Madison’s Jewish Social Services on this program. No experience is necessary! For more information about this group contact Rabbi Andrea Steinberger.


Challah for Hunger

Challah for Hunger Website

Challah for Hunger is a nationwide organization spanning from the West Coast to the East Coast with a chapter here at UW! Challah for Hunger student volunteers meet every week to bake and sell challah, a traditional Jewish bread, for the campus community. All proceeds go towards assistance for global hunger and disaster relief. For more information on how to get involved contact Lily


Grad Plus (Graduate Students and Young Adults)

Grad Plus is a program run by Hillel at the University of Wisconsin that serves the needs of Jewish grad students and young adults in their twenties and early thirties in Madison. Grad Plus’s primary focus is on serving Jewish graduate students, however Grad Plus is also open to young professionals who are seeking to find a community of other Jewish young adults. We bring Jewish grad students and young adults together and create opportunities for them to build community and celebrate Judaism. Previous events include bowling, private Shabbat dinners, Yom Kippur Break fast and wine and cheese nights! Visit the Grad Plus webpage or contact Lily for more information on how to get involved with this group!


Greek Jewish League

With representatives from 10 different chapters, The Jewish Greek Council is the driving force behind all things Jewish and Greek. From bar nights to charity bowling tournaments to Greek Shabbat, the Greek Jewish Council plans a variety of programs that help build a Jewish community within the Greek system. Contact Lily for more info on GJC.


Holocaust Remembrance Committee

HRC focuses on Holocaust awareness, education and commemoration. Every year, HRC coordinates events around Kristallnacht and Yom HaShoah. Programs include the "Reflections of the Holocaust" art exhibit, a 24 hour vigil on Library Mall, and speakers including Judith Meisel and her documentary Tak for Alt, Jane Schapiro to discuss her book Inside a Class Action: The Holocaust and the Swiss Banks, and more. HRC plans to expand Holocaust awareness events and educational opportunities to take place throughout the year. For more information about this group contact Rabbi Andrea Steinberger.


Israel Cultural Experience (ICE)

ICE is an apolitical organization responsible for all Israeli cultural programming. The focus of I.C.E. is on the celebration of Israeli holidays, involvement in the Israeli film festival, creation of social programs that bring people together in their shared love of Israel and lastly, active support of cross cultural programs that take place on campus and in Madison.The leadership of I.C.E. is made up of students who want to create and plan small and large scale programming along with students who want to represent Israel in the Madison multicultural community. To get involved with ICE contact Mickey



Show your athletic side with basketball, volleyball, softball and more. Please contact Lily for more information.


UW-Madison Israel Business Club

The UW-Madison Israel Business Club is a student led club, which develops and fosters the future relationship between Israel and business minds. The Israel Business Club at UW-Madison, a precursor to TAMID, is a student led club, which develops and fosters the future economic relationship between business minds and the Israeli economy. The club will provide students with networking, consulting, investing and interning opportunities though out the year. Our members will lead the next generation of business people and create a sustainable and substantive connection with Israel. Students of all backgrounds and fields are welcomed and encouraged to join this new initiative at UW-Madison. For more info please contact Mickey


Jewish Theater Project

Do you act? Direct? Produce? Love theater? Then you should be part of the Jewish Theater Project, the premier campus venue for Jewish Theater. Each semester, the Jewish Theater Project puts on a production of a play by a Jewish author or one with a Jewish theme. Past productions include BJ The Musical; Womens Minyan and The shape of Things. All levels of experience - onstage and behind the scenes - welcome! For more info contact Lily.



Jewop is a student led choir which focuses mainly on Jewish songs, songs about Israel, Jewish Prayers as well as secular Hebrew songs. Jewop takes part in different events such as shabbat services, singing at the retirement home, as well as different events around campus. There are many leadership opportunities available in Jewop as well. If you like to sing and want to meet new people, Jewop is perfect for you. Please contact Lily for more information.


JStreet U

J Street U is the Madison chapter of the student organizing arm of J Street, the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans. J Street U inspires students to act together on behalf of a two-state solution and a more peaceful, secure, and democratic future for both Israelis and Palestinians.  In so doing, the organization strives to bring to our campuses and our communities an inclusive, pragmatic, and values-driven conversation able to meet the urgency and seriousness of the challenge. For more information, please contact Mickey Aziz.


Badgers for Israel

Badgers for Israel is a pro-Israel, bi-partisan, political organization that works to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship. This organization is a pro-Israel voice on campus trying to educate students on various topics regarding Israel and the Middle East. They do this through advocacy, activism, and education. For more information contact Mickey Aziz.



Hamsa is the Jewish group on campus providing support and programming for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals and their allies. They hosts movie nights, discussions, guest speakers, as well as other social and educational opportunities. Please contact Lily Nagy-Deak for more information.


Shulchan Ivrit

Sometimes you just want to speak Hebrew. Meet with other UW students to practice your conversational Hebrew. Whether you're taking your first Hebrew course, or you just got back from a semester in Israel, this is a perfect opportunity for you to practice without pressure. For more information contact Mickey Aziz.


Wisconsin Environmental Jewish Initiative (WEJI)

WEJI is an inclusive group of Jewish students looking to experience the outdoors in a fun and social way. We are not necessarily environmental science majors, but we love to get outside and away from the lecture hall and library blues. WEJI's mission is to explore ways in which people can lead more spiritually fulfilling lives through the tenets of sustainability. WEJI organizes outdoor activities, craft projects, and campus environmental initiatives with a Jewish theme. We hope you will join us! Please contact Lily for more information.


Social Action Israel Network

The purpose of Social Action Israel Network is to create and maintain a diverse network of UW Madison students who are interested in promoting social and environmental efforts within Israel. Through an apolitical approach, we hope to spread awareness and encourage conversation on these important issues while maintaining UW’s support for Israel and the ideals embodied in Israel’s Basic Law on Human Dignity and Liberty. Find us on WIN and on Facebook.


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