Guelph Hillel

Welcome! Guelph Hillel is the address for Jewish student life at the University of Guelph. We are a student-run organization that provides Jewish students with opportunities to celebrate and explore their Jewish identities through everything from bagel lunches to brewery tours. Some programs we offer include: a weekly discussion group on Jewish topics; Shabbat dinners; Holocaust Awareness Week; introductory Hebrew classes; weekly lunches; and guest speakers. All students are welcomed at Beth Isaiah Synagogue in Guelph as full members.

About Guelph Hillel

Hillel is a Home Away from Home. We strive to bring Jews together through social, cultural, religious and educational programs. Hillel events are open to everyone, regardless of religious affiliation. We aim to provide an inclusive, warm, and welcoming environment and we welcome anyone interested in Judaism or Jewish traditions to participate.

Hillel is a student-run organization. Led by a committed student executive, and supported by a full-time staff person, Hillel provides amazing opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills. Interested in helping out? Come to one of our weekly executive meetings on Tuesdays at 5:30 in UC 004 or email jso@uoguelph.ca to find out more. 

Hillel is a Resource

Don’t know where to go for High Holiday services? Want to go to Israel this summer? Need an exam changed for Passover? Contact Guelph Hillel and we will connect you with all the Jewish resources you need.

Hillel House

The Guelph Hillel House opened in September of 2010. Located at 20 Moore Ave, the house is just a short 5 minute walk from the university. The Hillel House is designed to be a home away from home for Jewish students, a place for programs, Shabbat dinners, or simply to study or hang out with friends.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I join Hillel?
    Guelph Hillel is open to all members of the University of Guelph community. There are no membership fees or cards, simply come out to an event to take part!
     
  2. How can I find out about events?
    Join our mailing list, Facebook group or Twitter, or check out our events calendar.
     
  3. What does it cost to join Hillel?
    There are no membership charges for being part of Hillel. Everyone is welcome. We do, however, occasionally charge a nominal fee for some events.
     
  4. Is it true that Hillel events are religious?
    Hillel strives to provide a wide variety of events, many of which are more cultural and social than they are religious. Hillel events aim to be inclusive to members of varying levels of religious observance. Your level of Judaism will not affect your enjoyment of our events; we have events geared to fit the needs of all students.
     
  5. Can I bring non-Jewish friends to Hillel events?
    Absolutely! We welcome anyone who is interested in participating.
     
  6. How can I contact Hillel?
    See our contact information page. Or fill out the get involved page and we will be in touch with you!
     
  7. What do I do if I have a test/exam on Shabbat or a Jewish holiday?
    If you have a test or exam on Shabbat or a Jewish holiday, first speak with your professor. Profs are usually accommodating of religious observance. According to the university’s academic guidelines, professors are required to accommodate religious obligations. If your professor is uncooperative, contact Hillel faculty advisor Dr. Michael Grand (mgrand@uoguelph.ca) for assistance.
     
  8. Is Kosher food available at the University of Guelph?
    There is a daily Kosher meal available at Creelman, provided by Toronto Kosher. You must let the cafeteria know a day in advance that you would like a Kosher meal so that it can be prepared for you.
     
  9. What do I do if I have experienced anti-Semitism on campus or in town?
    Hillel is here to help you deal with these types of difficult situations. Please contact our Director Daniel Levitt or our faculty advisor Dr. Michael Grand for assistance.
     
  10. Is there a synagogue in Guelph?
    Yes, Beth Isaiah is located at 47 Surrey St W., just outside of downtown Guelph. For more information about the synagogue and their services, check out their website: www.guelphsynagogue.ca
     
  11. Are there any other Jewish groups for students?
    Yes. There is a Jewish Fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, which Hillel partners with on some events.