About us

Dear Friends,
In the wake of COVID-19, and with all institutions of higher education in Nevada transitioning online, Hillel programs are going to be run almost exclusively online.
We know this time is exceedingly difficult, and we strive to be there for you. But we also know that staying home can save lives.
So please, download zoom and log on for our programs.
We will be running Shabbat boxes, Passover boxes, and mailing our materials for projects as they come up.
When this whole pandemic is over, we will joyfully come together again. But until then, please connect online.

-Atty, The Director

Northern Nevada

is a pluralistic, open and welcoming home away from home for Jewish college students attending any institution of higher education in Northern Nevada, or other near by areas.

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Hillel is Jewish Student Life on Campus, and while we work primarily in the Reno area, all college students will be served.

Club Fair at UNR,
Fall 2019

Club Fair 2018

Our students direct their own experiences at our Hillel.
They have unique and distinct talents in self defined religious vision, serious prayer, learning opportunities for all and in directing the means to engage in acts of kindness that reflect Jewish values of Tzedakah, Gimelut Chessedim, Mishpachah, Ahavat Ysrael, and Tikkun Olam

Hillel hosts a monthly Friday Night Erev Shabbat event (& a mini Kabbalat with RSVPs), a student led Kiddush, a full Shabbat meal, and friendships that have lasting impacts.

1st Shabbat – Shabbat Boxes / Greek Life / Open Table Hosted
2nd Shabbat – Temple Sinai (R) or Chabad (Lubavitch)
3rd Shabbat – Temple Emmanu-El (C) / Open Table Hosted
4th Shabbat – Hillel Shabbat (Also if there is a 5th Shabbat)

Once a semester Hillel facilitates a student led Havdalah event, complete with candles, songs, great food and spectacular friends and an activity.  Shabbat is facilitated in schedule collaboration with the local Jewish community so that we might engage students in the local synagogue services if they wish. Transportation and or hospitality can be provided to any student upon request.

Once a month Hillel runs a Shabbat box program. Students RSVP for a set number of guests and enjoy the Mitzvah of hosting a Shabbat.
Students provide the venue, guests and side dishes for a Shabbat meal they host; Hillel provides the main course, a single side, dessert, and required Judaica.  Example Menu:
(Pasta Main (D) / Chicken main (M); Roast Veggies (P);  Babka (D) / Mellon dessert (P))

(The Shabbat experience is offset with off campus cooking classes -Kosher cooking project- to ensure that everyone knows the classics, and basic kitchen safety.)

Holidays are paramount at our small but might Hillel. Our four favorite are always Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim, and Pesach.  But we still enjoy our Rosh Hashanah Shofar heroes, our Tu B’Shvat Seder, and our Lag B’ Omer bonfire!

The 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month Hillel provides a community building event called “Bagels @ the Joe”.

A bagel brunch served in the student union (In “The Center”-3rd floor JCSU) provides students the opportunity to engage socially with friends they might not normally see during their busy academic schedules. It also allows the students to hear about the events in the local and larger Jewish community.   This student-directed event engages Hillel participants in a way that no other program does. Being hosted in a space for Student diversity also allows the general student population to learn about Judaism and their Jewish peers.

The seeds of deep and lasting friendships are often planted with a slice of lemon cake, a bagel, or a cup of coffee.
Weeks of Welcome (the first 2 weeks of fall semester) are almost holidays for the Jewish Wolfpack at UNR. From Dorm Storm, The welcome BBQ (Glatt), to club fair and rush season, the activities let new students jump right in with as much or as little as they need to help establish themselves in their new lives, with Hillel and the entire Jewish Student Union as their home away from home.

To learn about our upcoming programs, please visit our calendar, our announcements, or follow us on facebook.

Pickling class January 2020

You may notice that there is no address for a Hillel House, that is because we don’t have one, yet. The Jewish community of Northern Nevada is small and has limited funds to devote to Hillel.

That is why Your participation is so important!  Donate here!
As a standalone 501 c 3 organization we happily accept donations from parents, communities of origin, and pretty much anyone who would like to help us achieve our mission. 

Sponsor a Shabbat meal with a donation of $500. It will make a huge difference to our small and mighty Hillel. You can make a donation and cover the meals of anywhere from 40 to 70 students.

A donation of $120 can cover a FYSH event! The opportunity to make a difference for us is as simple as taking the time to write a check, click a button, or make a call. Click Here to Sponsor a Program

With 200 or more students in Northern Nevada, you have the ability to actually see a real and lasting impact, while teaching students about the responsibility of the Jewish community, which they are soon to be fully engaged in.

We are working towards
audacious inclusion,  genuine interest,
holistic appreciation, and  joyfully engagement.

Part of Hillel’s underlying mission is to strengthen the Jewish identity of students who are about to assume their leadership roles in the world;

To build community and in turn family;

To combat not only anti-semitism, but all forms of bigotry and bias;

To provide college students with the tools to affect the positive change in the world that they wish to see from a distinctly Jewish perspective.

If you share these values, this is the organization that you should be financially generous with, and invest in. Investing in students is a smart choice.

Mailing Address:
Hillel of Northern Nevada,
1674 N. Virginia St. # 8447
Reno, Nv. 89507

Director Atty Garfinkel:
Phone: (775) 686-8944


Empowering Northern Nevada's Jewish College Students