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Student Groups

JSA – Jewish Students Association: The JSA is an independent student group and the student governing body of Hopkins Hillel. The JSA works in partnership with the Hillel staff to help oversee and evaluate student programming and to create policy that will benefit the campus Jewish community. Currently the JSA oversees many of the Jewish student groups and committees who, along with Hillel staff, create a wide variety of cutting edge, pertinent Jewish programs for the Hopkins Jewish community.

CHAI – The Coalition of Hopkins Activists for Israel: CHAI is an entirely student-run group that meets weekly in the Hillel building. Founded in 2001, CHAI is a non-partisan, non-religious club committed to advocating for Israel’s right to a peaceful existence as a Jewish democratic state. CHAI is dedicated to spreading awareness and educating the greater student body about Israel’s politics, history, and culture. In addition to organizing these events, the group meetings also serve as a forum for students who wish to participate in discussions or become informed about current events related to Israel.

Hopkins J Street U: J Street U is a national movement that stands for a two State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We engage in thoughtful/critical discussion on campus. We believe in a Jewish & Democratic state and self-determination for the Palestinian people. Hopkins J Street U is an active group that works collaboratively with the other 2 Israel groups within Hillel, with Hopkins campus groups and with the national J Street U organization.

HAPI – Hopkins American Partnership for Israel: A non-partisan, non-denominational pro-Israel political group that works to strengthen the US- Israel relationship primarily through engaging and establishing rapports with student leaders and lobbying and working with members of Congress. Students involved in HAPI travel regularly to Washington D.C. to lobby and to engage in Israel advocacy. HAPI students participate in the AIPAC policy conference and summer internships.

JiGL – Jews in Greek Life: Students involved in Greek life engage in planning programming for all Jewish student through JiGL. JiGL’s free Shabbat dinners draw a crowd of over 100 and last year’s Purim party brought in 400 students. Even students who do not participate in Greek life love JiGL’s open, lively and fun Jewish events.

FYSH – First Year Students at Hillel: A group designed for first year students to explore and develop a community. Past programs have included Gelty Pleasures: Hannukah Party, featuring a latke eating contest, and a Hammentashen baking event to donate to Chana (a shelter for abused women in Baltimore). We are looking forward to future events that infuse Judaism into fun, purposeful programs that bring value to the entire Hopkins campus community!

JGSA – The Jewish Graduate Student Association: The JGSA is working hard to provide a variety of meaningful opportunities to all Jewish graduate students. Hillel has been planning a number of events, including happy hours, Shabbat dinners and sporting events. For more information contact Debbie Pine DPine@JHU.edu.

Ketzev, A Capella (Ketzev is hebrew for rhythm): The official Johns Hopkins Jewish a capella Group. Founded in 1997, they have continued to spread their music around Hopkins and the local Baltimore community.

Peer Engagement: The main focus of the Peer Network Engagement Interns is to build relationships with uninvolved Jewish students, and give them a meaningful connection to Jewish life. P.N.E.I interns meet students in their own comfort zones, and are not “recruiting” people to come to Hillel. Instead, they bring a Jewish connection to their peers in unique ways, relating to each person individually. Meet up with one of them for coffee or a chat!

JLIC – Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus: The JLIC is an OU program that was established in order to facilitate Jewish learning on college campuses. The JLIC couple works in partnership with Hillel in order to provide educational Jewish programming and to create an environment comfortable for observant students. Currently, the JLIC offers multiples classes per week. Additionally, Rabbi Darren and Avital Levin, our JLIC couple, work one on one with students to learn the topic of their choice. Follow our Facebook page at JLIC@JohnsHopkins.

AEPi – Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity: This group seeks to bring all Greek affiliated Jewish students together for social and service events. Past programs have included Gelty Pleasures: Hannukah Party, featuring a latke eating contest, and a Hammentashen baking event to donate to Chana (a shelter for abused women in Baltimore). We are looking forward to future events that infuse Judaism into fun, purposeful programs that bring value to the entire Hopkins campus community!

Religious Communities

Orthodox Minyan: The Orthodox minyan holds daily Shacharit and Mincha/Maariv services as well as services every Shabbat. Learning programs are offered throughout the week through the JLIC program, including Gemara Shiur, Pizza and Parsha, and various guest speakers. All are welcome, regardless of background or affiliation. For the minyan schedule, Eruv information, or other features of the Orthodox community, visit www.hopkinsorthodox.com.

Conservative Minyan: An egalitarian service every Friday evening and some Saturday mornings as well. Check us out on Facebook.

Reform Community: Will be having Friday night services throughout the semester. Check out our Facebook page for updates on services and events.