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CSU Hillel Summer 2020 Updates

Updated: 7/27/20

At CSU Hillel the health and safety of our students is our top priority. Next in importance is keeping them grounded in the Jewish values they need these days – more than ever. We modified our spring and early summer programming for students – those still in Ft. Collins and those who have returned to their family homes. As the re-opening of CSU draws near student leaders and staff have been in close touch as we begin to imagine what Hillel programming will look like in the highly-fluid Covid19 reality.

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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.

CSU Hillel was the first student-led organization to be certified sustainable by Hazon, the Jewish lab for sustainability, as we pride ourselves on being an ecological leader with our recycling, composting and energy efficient efforts, and our educational programs and activities. CSU Hillel also prides itself on being a part of the Interfaith Communities of Fort Collins and Northern Colorado: we co-sponsor and cook an annual Kosher Interfaith Friendsgiving dinner with the CSU Multifaith Partners; participate in Better Together Days by hosting students from other faiths; and welcome all students at our weekly Shabbat dinners.  CSU Hillel students are an integral part of the planning and marketing the community-wide Holocaust Awareness Week every February. We also honor wellness and self-care by offering programming and making available space for deep spiritual and emotional connection.  This October we launch weekly Self Care Sundays, an opportunity for students to participate in yoga, connect with friends – and to learn about Kabbalah, Aromatic Medicine, and other meditative practices – for optimum mental health and wellbeing. Make sure to check out our calendar for upcoming programs.

CSU Hillel continues to encourage eligible students to participate in a free Birthright Israel Trip, this year including celebrating new year’s eve in Israel: our dates are December 30th, 2019 – January 10th, 2020.

Take advantage of opportunities to stay in touch with Hillel during school and upon graduation through our Friends of Hillel Program! Be a part of making CSU Hillel the “go to” place for an authentic Jewish home-away-from-home experience: providing students the opportunity to create an open and fun community where Jewish values enrich the lives of students during their college years and beyond.

Our location

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

Campus Director
Mariah DeGear
[email protected]
(970) 519‑1925

Upcoming Events

CSU Hillel 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.

Linzy Upton-Spatz
Organizational Leadership Internship


Corryn Zylstra
Marketing Internship
SAEpi Representative

Leora Greene
Vice President
Programming Internship


Kenny Shuster
Hillel Leadership Board
Alumni Representative

Kota Babcock
Engagement Internship


Molly Gillman
Hillel Leadership Board
SAEpi Representative

Jordan Wyman
Culinary Internship


Emily Laitin
CSU Student Organization Sponsor
Volunteer Program Coordinator