Welcome to Towson Hillel

At the Towson University Hillel, our goal is to provide a vibrant Jewish Community and an infrastructure that shapes the next generation of Jewish leaders. Through a variety of campus and community based programs, Hillel engages students in ways they feel most comfortable expressing their Judaism, while embarking on their college journey at Towson University. Our mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.

Annual Report

This year, Towson University Hillel turned 21 and we celebrated our growing success in serving our Jewish community. For 21 years, Towson Hillel has been a home for students on their religious, spiritual and personal journeys. This year was no exception. We thank those who made Hillel at Towson, from it’s inception, a safe haven 21 years ago and look forward to continuing to grow Jewish life on campus by widening our established base and making more and more lasting impressions on a greater number of students and our supporters on and off campus. From more frequent Shabbat dinners to the launch of an inaugural leadership circle of donors to engaging over 750 students through 155 programs throughout the year, we are proud to say our students can, and do, engage in unique and customized touch points during the week that nourish and enrich their experiences as Jewish students, participants and leaders. We are so proud to serve nearly half of the Jewish population on campus and look forward to increasing our talent, staff, programming, engagement and story with you. We hope you enjoy this year’s annual report. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch.


Lisa Bodziner
Towson Hillel Executive Director

Get Involved

Towson University has an active and diverse Jewish presence on campus and we at Hillel are proud to be a part of such a wonderful community.  We are dedicated to networking students with professionals within the community to help them grow professionally and offering a range of opportunities to help them continue their Jewish journey into adulthood. View Calendar for upcoming events. 


Our students are the next generation of Jewish leaders wherever they may live. Help strengthen their Jewish pride and connection now! Learn more about Parents Tiger Club.


Birthright is a free trip to Israel for Jewish young adults 18 to 26. Travel and connect with land in this 10-day immersive experience. Get in touch with our Israel Fellow to find out more. Learn More.


As a member of the Baltimore Jewish Community Towson Hillel strives to find internship, mentorship and work opportunities for our students. Click Here for a list of available positions.



Towson Hillel actively celebrates Jewish life in a variety of ways. Nosh on apples and honey with us for High Holiday services and meals, join us for Shabbat Friday night. Enjoy our Kosher food for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday.

Student Groups

  1. Towson Hillel Incubator Cohort

    The Towson Hillel Incubator Cohort is an elite group of student leaders who have a passion to bring their ideas to life. THIC is designed for any student that is driven, creative, outgoing, and innovative. Each THIC student receives seed funding for their project, networking opportunities, professional coaching, and a connection to a diverse cohort of students seeking professional growth.

    Contact Lisa Bodziner for more info about how to apply for THIC.

  2. First Year Students of Hillel (FYSH)

    FYSH is designed to build special programs for all First Year Students of Hillel. Meet new friends in a unique experience designed just for you. Events include baseball games, dinners, tours of Baltimore, and much more.

    Contact Lisa Bodziner for more info about FYSH events.

  3. Challah For Hunger

    Challah for Hunger is a non-profit national organization founded by Eli Winkelman at Scripps College in 2004. Challah for Hunger’s mission is to “bring people together to bake and sell challah in an effort to raise money and awareness for social justice causes.” Challah for Hunger is currently run by thousands of Jewish students across 78 campuses in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and England! The Towson University Challah for Hunger Chapter was founded in Fall 2013. The TU Chapter is dedicated to making a difference by donating to food justice organizations such as Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger Relief and the Maryland Food Bank. We also partner with organizations on Towson’s campus to contribute to philanthropies that are important to our fellow Tigers!

    Contact Lisa Bodziner for more info about Challah For Hunger.

    FACEBOOK: TUChallah4Hunger 

    INSTAGRAM: @TUchallah4Hunger

  4. Tigers for Israel

    We are a group of pro-Israel students at Towson University. Our mission is to create and enhance the positive image of the Jewish homeland on Towson University’s campus and connect students from diverse backgrounds to Israeli culture.

    Contact Lisa Bodziner for more info about Tigers for Israel.

  5. Greek Life

    Towson University has a thriving Greek Life which includes several Jewish Heritage Fraternities and Sororities such as AEPi, AEPhi, and ZBT.

    Click Here for more information on Greek Life on campus.


09Apr 2019

By Sophia Bates, Assistant News Editor Photo by Sophia Bates/ The Towerlight Four faith leaders from Judaism, Christianity and Islam gathered in the University Union Wednesday to host a discussion about fasting from different faith perspectives. Hillel Jewish Student Life Coordinator Leora Match, Catholic Chaplain Father Matthew Buening, Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry Pastor Laura Sinche and Muslim Chaplain Sanaullah Kirmani shared their faith’s association with fasting. Match, who gave […]

14Feb 2019

By Jess Teich and Abby Adelman, Towson University We have just spent the past couple minutes talking about the four big themes in a healthy relationship: Love, peace, respect, as well as trust and support. This week’s parsha (Torah portion), vayeitzei, is the best one we could have asked for this Shabbat. Vayeitzei tells the […]

31Oct 2018

The Towson University community came together Monday night at Speaker’s Circle in the middle of campus to reflect upon recent acts of hatred across our nation. Rabbi Mendi Rivkin addressed the crowd, many of them Jewish students at TU, and asked those gathered on the hillside to drive out darkness with light, sharing a flame […]

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Hillel BBQ
Aug 30 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Kick off Labor Day weekend with BBQ, music, and a chance to meet the whole TU Hillel staff team on Newell Field.

FYSH Ice Cream Social
Sep 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

First-Year Students of Hillel (FYSH) brings you delicious sundaes, speed-friending games, and a “What Does Judaism Mean to You” activity. Don’t miss this chance to bond with other new students and register for FYSH!

Welcome Back Shabbat
Sep 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

We are so excited to welcome everyone back on campus with a family-style dinner! Services at 6pm. Dinner at 7pm.

“Heading Home” Movie Screening
Sep 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Exclusive documentary screening of “Heading Home” (see synopsis below). Talk back to follow. In partnership with Jewish Tigers Alumni Alliance (JTAA). Ballgame food provided.

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel is the David-and-Goliath story of Israel’s national baseball team as it competes for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of crushing defeats, Israel finally ranks among the world’s best in 2017. Its roster includes many Jewish-American major leaguers, most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, barely any ever having set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from the Holy Land where they are hailed as modern-day Maccabees to the tournament in South Korea where they must debunk their reputations as has-beens and wannabes. The connection to Israel that the players forge pushes them to unexpected heights as they represent the country on the world stage.

Messy Twister
Sep 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Get ready to get messy! Wear a white shirt for this colorful variation on the classic game of Twister. When you get tangled up and fall, you might just get covered in paint!!

Student Leadership Retreat at Pearlstone
Sep 13 – Sep 15 all-day
Family Weekend Shabbat
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Services at 6pm. Dinner at 7pm.

Family Weekend | Havdallah and Bonfire
Sep 21 @ 7:45 pm – 8:15 pm
Birthright Tailgate
Sep 21 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Do you want to learn more about Birthright Israel #BRI? Do you want FREE food and FREE custom swag? Do you love tailgating? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then join us at our #BRI tailgate!

Homing Shabbat Innovation Dinner
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Video Gallery

A look back at Towson Hillel through the years.