Student Groups

Student Groups

Student Groups:

JSA- Jewish Students Association- The Jewish Students Association aims to create a welcoming environment that will empower all Jewish students to develop authentic Jewish Identities. For more information, please contact the JSA President.

IMF – Israel Middle-East Forum: 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.

FYSHH – 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!

JLF – Jewish Learning Fellowship: A ten-week fellowship that brings together college students to discuss meaningful topics, study Jewish texts, build community, and meet new people. More information can be found here.

JGSA – The Jewish Graduate Student Association: The JGSA is working hard to provide a variety of meaningful opportunities to all Jewish graduate students. Hillel is working on planning a number of events that may include happy hours, Shabbat dinners, and sporting events. Are you a graduate student interested in Judaism and/or Hillel? If so, please contact Rachel Gordon,

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.

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 Don and Leora Cantor, our JLIC couple, work one on one with students to learn the topic of their choice. Follow our Facebook page at JLIC@JohnsHopkins.

Oy Gay – Hopkins Hillel LGBTQ Group: Join in community other LGBTQ Jewish students!

Hillel Welcome Squad: Join other students to welcome first-year students!

Jewish Nursing Student Association- For more info visit the Facebook group!

JSAP- Jewish Students Association of Peabody- Our goal is to unite, enhance, and bring awareness of the Jewish community to the Peabody Institute. JSAP also offers connections to the Johns Hopkins Hillel so we can celebrate our Jewish roots with the entire Hopkins community. With events, hangouts, friends and lots of food, we aim to help you find your Jewish home away from home!
Association of Latin Jews – The Association of Latin Jews is committed to celebrating students’ Latin Jewish heritage and exploring how it intersects with their Jewish identities. The group holds fun events such as “Latin Night” to teach the Hillel community about what it means to be a Latin Jew.
Cafe Ivrit – Whether you are a native Hebrew speaker or just learning to say “Shalom,” everyone is invited to Cafe Ivrit, led by our wonderful Hebrew teacher, Mirit! The group meets weekly (currently in Brody Learning Commons on Wednesdays at 4:30) over coffee and snacks and discuss various Israel-related topics.
Israeli Cultural Association – The Israeli Cultural Association was founded to celebrate Israeli culture through food, movies, music, and more!
Jewish Student Athlete Association – The Jewish Student Athlete Association is meant for student athletes that identify as Jewish. The group sponsors Shabbat dinners and holiday gatherings. Additionally, the JSAA provides information and encouragement about participation in the Maccabiah Games.
Women of Hillel – The Women of Hillel is focused on women’s wellness. Through relaxing activities such as jewelry making, movie nights, and journaling, our students are able to take a break from the stresses of their academic life in a female-only environment. WOH has also hosted challah bakes to raise money for breast cancer research.
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.

Conservices (Conservative Minyan): An egalitarian service every Friday evening, some Saturday mornings, and High Holy Days. Want to learn more? Come check out services on Friday night!

Reform Community: Friday night and High Holy Day services throughout the semester.