Student Leadership Retreat: $3,000
The Hopkins Hillel student leaders go on a retreat at Capital Retreat Center in Waynesboro, PA. The retreat gives students the opportunity to get away and contemplate the real meaning of Jewish life on campus as well as hone the skills that will prepare them to excel as leaders on campus.

Shabbat Dinner Endowment 

For the past two years, all Shabbat dinners are free to students and approximately 150 students attend.  We are in the process of raising an endowment so that all Shabbat dinners can be free to students at Hopkins always.  We have raised almost $700,000 toward our $1.3 million goal.  One Free Shabbat dinner costs $25000 and we spend about $65,000 a year on Shabbat

Sunday Bagel Brunch: $1,000
There are good bagels in Baltimore! Students enjoy occasionally gathering on Sunday mornings for bagels, coffee and discussion. Please help us increase the opportunities to relax and hang out at Hillel. Your sponsorship would allow us to schedule 5 bagel brunches this spring.

Engagement Intern: $500
Our engagement interns meet and inspire their peers on campus. These student program interns reach out to students who might not come to Hillel. They get to know them and engage them in meaningful conversations and programs. The interns attend weekly supervision meetings to share insights about students, to strategize, and to plan programs.

Lunch and Learn with Jewish Professors on Campus: $200
We’ve had many esteemed professors and guest lecturers join students for lunch in the Smokler Center, providing students with the opportunity to connect with them on a more personal level, and explore conversation topics more deeply than they normally have time to. We hope to have monthly lunch and learn sessions with different professors on campus. We’d love your support in bringing lunch and discussion to campus.

Make a donation online by filling out this form.

We accept online payments for many of our meal plans and events. For refunds or cancellations please contact Monica Davis at We will be happy to consider your request but refuse refunds for meals if a student simply does not show up.

Any questions? Contact Noam Bentov at 410-516-0333 or

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Frequently Asked Questions

Giving to Hopkins Hillel will secure the future of the Jewish life at Johns Hopkins and invest in the identity and growth of our community. Hopkins is supported by THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and is a recognized non-profit organization.

All donation checks should be made out to Hopkins Hillel.

Approximately 85 percent of college-age Jews – almost 400,000 individuals – attend some form of institution of higher education.

There is no other experience in the modern Jewish world that 85% of Jews share in outside of college. The four years students spend at Johns Hopkins University truly are the last opportunity we have to provide Jewish content to young people before they disperse to the working world.

Hopkins Hillel emerged on campus in the early 1990’s. Building on the foundation of Jewish life at JHU Hillel has grown our community to include a diverse student population and interests. In April 2004 The Smokler Center for Jewish Life, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building opened and a new chapter for all students at Johns Hopkins University began. Hillel programming includes Community Service, Jewish Learning, Social Activities, Women’s Groups and Holiday Celebrations. Hopkins Hillel is committed to meeting all the needs of Jewish students on campus and working hand in hand with students to ensure a vibrant, pluralistic community.

Hopkins Hillel, while affiliated with the university is financially independent. Hillel relies on the support of parents, alumni and friends to operate annually. Our current annual campaign need is $257,000. We need your help to ensure that the resources are available to provide high caliber programs for our students.