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Colorado State University Hillel

Colorado State Hillel is a proud part of Hillel of Colorado – which also serves the CU - Boulder and the University of Denver with traditional programming such as Shabbat dinners, holiday celebrations, social justice initiatives, and religious and social programs; leadership programs to train the Jewish leaders of tomorrow, and Israel programs including Birthright Israel travel opportunities and Israel education, dialogue, and advocacy.

Our Hillel recently became the first student-led organization to become certified sustainable by Hazon. Not only do we have chickens and composters onsite, but we also lead campus-wide events like Interfaith Thanksgiving and Holocaust Awareness WeekWith our new Israel Fellow, Nofar Salmanwe hope to have more join us on our Birthright Israel Trip and for other fun events.  Join us for Shabbat dinner every Friday night, hang out on weeknights for events like Taco Tuesday and movie night, and get more involved to create your own Jewish "home away from home." 

Colorado State Hillel helps to build a community where Jewish values enrich the lives of students during their college years and beyond, inspiring every Jewish student to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel – thereby making the world a better place. 

Our location

Merage Hillel House
720 W Laurel Street
Fort Collins, CO 80521

Campus Director
Alex Amchislavskiy
(970) 224-4246

Upcoming Events

Recent CSU Hillel Blog Posts

  • Student Spotlight: Zack Josephs (12/11/2017) - The only CSU Hillel leadership team member who isn't an undergraduate is recent alumni and former Hillel President, Zack Josephs. Originally from Philadelphia, Zack came to CSU in part due family trips to the mountains and a few relatives living Colorado. Zack graduated CSU this past spring where he doubled majored in philosophy and political - Read more...
  • CSU Hillel New Belgium Tour! (12/4/2017) - To break up the long fall semester CSU Hillel recently hosted their annual brewery tour for seniors, graduate students, and young professionals at the New Belgium Brewery. A group of around 20 students, past and present, joined with CSU Hillel staff and leadership to take a tour of the New Belgium brewing facility. Leading the - Read more...
  • Kosher life at Hillel and CSU’s Kosher Bistro (11/28/2017) - Keeping kosher or “kashrut” in Jewish life is a staple for many, though we know Jews are very diverse within their practice of Judaism. Not all Jewish people keep kosher, but many do. Whether we keep kosher for ourselves (or not) it is important to know the right and wrong way to stay kosher as - Read more...

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Hillel CSU Student Leadership Team

Leadership Team and Chickens

The Student Leadership Team is the core group of leaders creating a Jewish home on campus, and these students gain valuable Jewish and professional knowledge, skills, and experience. Their involvement is critical in defining Jewish programming and engagement on campus each semester. Students from all backgrounds are encouraged to get involved, to impact and shape the Jewish community for each other and their peers.

Hillary Lorsch


Hillary is a senior here at CSU studying Journalism with a minor in Business Administration. We asked Hillary what she was most excited about for Hillel this year: “I’m really excited to cook for Shabbat because nothing gives me more joy than after hours of cooking seeing a room full of people relaxing and laughing over a home cooked meal.” Hillary will be graduating from CSU early this December.

Zack Josephs

Kosher Coordinator

Zach just graduated from CSU last May with a Political Science and Philosophy double major but continues to give back to Hillel. We asked Zack how Hillel has impacted his life: “Hillel has made me more conscious of inclusivity, brought me close to a lot of great people, and has positively affected my ability to manage time and make sacrifices for others.”

Elaine Gay

Leadership Member

Elaine is a senior with a double major in History and Anthropology and a minor in English. We asked Elaine one thing she loves about Hillel: “I love Hillel because it gives me an opportunity not to be just a part of the Jewish community, but to be a leader in it as well.”

Nevan Mandel

Financial Officer

Nevan is a fourth-year Political Science major with a concentration in Environmental Policy and minors in Legal Studies, Economics and Environmental Affairs. We asked him what his favorite thing is about being part of Hillel: “My favorite thing about Hillel is working with Hazon to make our Hillel green and sustainable.”

David Kravitz

Journalism Coordinator

David is a senior with a major in Journalism and a minor is Business Administration who will be graduating from CSU this May. We asked David what his favorite memory at Hillel has been: “My favorite memory at Hillel was the first Shabbat I hosted and my first time cooking. Way more people than expected came, it was an overflowing crowd, and I was glad I had lots of help.”

Lindsay Robinson

Sustainability Coordinator

Lindsay is a senior with a major in Food Science and a minor in Business Administration. We asked Lindsay what her favorite event has been at Hillel so far: “My favorite event was bread making because I got connections there for my summer job...and I like bread.”

Linzy Upton-Spatz

Marketing Coordinator

Linzy is a junior at CSU with a double major in Journalism and Business with a Marketing concentration. When we asked Linzy what she was most excited about for Hillel this year: “I’m really looking forward to all the different events we do and getting to know my Jewish community better.”

Kenny Shuster

JScreen Coordinator

Kenny is a second year student at CSU majoring in Biomedical Sciences. We asked Kenny what he is most excited about for Hillel this year: “I’m most excited to learn how I can best help the Jewish community at CSU through Hillel.”

Alex Kaye

Leadership Member

Alex is a second year student studying Fermentation. We asked Alex what he loves the most about Hillel: “I love the delicious and healing Shabbat dinners.”