Colorado State University Hillel
Colorado State Hillel is a proud part of Hillel of Colorado – which also includes the University of Denver Hillel – serving students 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 will lead campus-wide events this winter and spring like Interfaith Thanksgiving and Holocaust Awareness Week. CSU Hillel’s Birthright Israel Trip this summer provides a free experience not to be missed! 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.”
Take advantage of opportunities to stay in touch with Hillel after graduation through our new Friends of Hillel program. Join our thriving Jewish community, open to all, that lets you “do Jewish your way!”
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.
Recent CSU Hillel Blog Posts
- Student Spotlight: Melissa Schnee (10/2/2018) - Meet Melissa Schnee, a graduate student majoring in social work at CSU and member of the Hillel Leadership Team. Melissa joined Hillel in order to meet new people with similar values. Her favorite Hillel events are Shabbat dinners, because they are as welcoming as they are delicious. But one particular moment stands out: “My very - Read more…
- Student Spotlight: Linzy Upton-Spatz (9/5/2018) - Meet Linzy Upton-Spatz, the new president of CSU Hillel. Linzy, a business major, is excited about Jewish life at Colorado State University, which for her is about family and community. “Jewish Geography” plays an important role in that sense of community, both on and off campus: she loves that you can travel around the world - Read more…
- Falling in love at Hillel (6/16/2018) - Over the 20 years of CSU Hillel, there have been many special moments. From starting CSU’s Holocaust Awareness Week program to increasing the presence of Jewish students at CSU and within Fort Collins. There have been so many amazing students that have come through the Hillel house, and some have even found the love their - Read more…
Hillel CSU Student Leadership Team
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.
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 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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Linzy is a junior 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.”
Matt is a sophomore majoring in horticulture and minoring in soil science. When we asked Matt what he was most excited for this semester at Hillel as his first semester on leadership team: “I’m most excited about trying to create a space to grow some vegetables and fruits.
Amy is a third year biology major with a concentration in behavioral biology. When we asked Amy what her favorite thing about Hillel was: “My favorite part about Hillel is the fact that everyone is so welcoming in every way, and that whether you have religious, dietary or cultural differences, no one is there to judge, criticize or exclude you. It’s a space of genuine welcoming and enrichment.”
Emily is a junior at CSU studying human development and family studies with a minor in business administration. When we asked Emily what she was most excited about at Hillel this semester: “I’m excited about working to continue developing the strong sense of community Hillel has created for students.”
Gabe is a second year part time student at Front Range Community College. We asked Gabe what he loves most about Hillel: “I enjoy getting together for shabbat the most. It’s one of my favorite times of the week.”