Welcome to the UW Hillel Fam!
We are so excited to welcome you and your student to UW Hillel!
We are here to support your child’s needs and interests in any way that we can.
Our team is dedicated to meeting and engaging with students to empower them as leaders and identify what they want to experience through Jewish life on campus. We do our best to fulfill their wishes through learning opportunities, programs, and immersive events.
We know that students come from many different backgrounds, so UW Hillel provides opportunities to allow them to explore their Judaism on their terms as a college student. Whether they need a place to celebrate the holidays far from home, are seeking a leadership role, or looking for a community on campus, we are here to support them.
We hope you will take a moment to join our network by subscribing to our e-newsletter to stay up to date on all the fun things happening at Hillel. The bottom line for us is the same as is for you: There isn’t anyone in the world more important than your student. That is why we are here.
UW Hillel's passionate staff is here to provide your student with a home away from home. We are here to inspire and excite students as they embark on their own Jewish journey, and to help make their college lives a little smoother. We encourage you to stop by just to stay ‘Hi’ or stay for Shabbat or an event the next time you are on campus!
Thank you for trusting us with your student!
Matzo Ball Soup Hotline
Is your student feeling under the weather? Homesick? Help rejuvenate their spirit by sending them a matzo ball soup!
The Matzo Ball Soup Hotline, a student-led volunteer initiative, delivers matzo ball soup to sick students, at no cost.
Order & Deliveries:
Please make sure your soup orders are submitted before 3:00pm if you’d like the soup to be delivered that night. Any soup orders submitted after 3:00pm or during the weekend will be delivered on the next soup delivery evening.
Our student deliverers can only deliver to your soup recipient if they receive a confirmation text of address and delivery time BEFORE 4:00pm. If your soup recipient responds after 4:00pm, their delivery will be made the following day. Please make sure your student’s phone number you’ve listed on your order form is correct!
Soups will be delivered during the academic year by our student volunteers Monday through Thursday between 5:00pm and 6:00pm.
PLEASE NOTE – We do NOT deliver the following days/times:
Friday – Sunday, Jewish, Secular, or University holidays, Winter & Spring Break, During the summer months
Jewish Community Commencement
Congratulations Graduate! The Jewish Community Commencement Celebration takes place every Spring semester (check back for more details to come)!
The ceremony will include remarks and recognition of the graduates by UW-Madison Faculty member. Additionally, a specially selected graduating senior will speak.
Graduates are invited to arrive in their caps and gowns with their diploma covers (available at the Dean of Students Office).
For those unable to attend in person, a live stream will be available.
Please contact us with any questions - UW Hillel
Jewish Life on Campus
Currently, UW-Madison has more than 40,000 students and approximately 4,200 undergraduates and 800 graduate students are Jewish. The university fosters inclusivity by ensuring that the voices of all religions and cultural groups are heard.
Most recently, in light of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting, UW students, Jewish and non-Jewish, along with the Madison community, came together to support and share their stories. In acts of anti-semitism, students come together to discuss the problem and determine the best route to educate their peers and spread awareness. Throughout the Jewish community at UW, Jewish students are encouraged to speak up, challenge and teach classmates the meaning of being Jewish. Additionally, UW Madison is accommodating when it comes to Jewish holidays. While classes continue during High Holidays, students are able to be excused from class or change the date of an exam for religious purposes without their grade being penalized. Football game times have even been changed to allow Jewish students to attend High Holiday services!
The UW-Madison campus has a strong, vibrant Jewish community that gets stronger with every incoming class. There are many opportunities for religious, educational, cultural and Israeli engagement. Being Jewish on campus is something that students take pride in, often sharing their Hillel experience with their non-Jewish friends.
With Jewish life blossoming on the UW campus, UW Hillel is the perfect place to develop Jewish identity and foster strong connections. UW Hillel offers a wide array of opportunities for Jewish students of all backgrounds and interests to connect with Jewish life and their own Jewish story and journey, ranging from learning opportunities to discussions about current Israel events, and so much more.