Students at Towson Hillel

Where friends become family and school becomes community.

Towson University has an active and diverse Jewish presence on campus. We are proud to be a part of such a wonderful community! Our mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. 
It is our goal to provide our Jewish Community with 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.
We encourage all students from every background to participate in our events, hang out in the Hillel Lounge, or come to one of our Shabbat dinners.

For information on our upcoming events, check out our calendar page, and also make sure you follow us on Facebook. Feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions, or would like more information concerning Jewish life on Towson’s campus.

Student Groups

There are tons of ways for students to get involved in Jewish life on campus. Check out our Calendar of Events and below are a few examples of our thriving community around Towson. Click on each item to learn more.

  1. Towson Hillel Incubator Cohort (THIC)

    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.

Event Calendar

Here are some of the events happening on campus in the approaching months. 

Aug
30
Fri
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.

Sep
4
Wed
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!

Sep
6
Fri
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.

Sep
8
Sun
“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.

Sep
10
Tue
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!!

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

Services at 6pm. Dinner at 7pm.

Sep
21
Sat
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!

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