About us

Hillel of 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.

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


Club Fair at UNR,
Fall 2019



Hillel hosts a monthly Friday Night Erev Shabbat event with a Kabbalat or minyan option, a student led Kiddush, a full Shabbat meal, and friendships that have lasting impacts.

Hillel also hosts a monthly Havdalah event, complete with candles, songs, great food and spectacular friends.

These two components of Shabbat are facilitated in 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.

Twice a semester Hillel runs a Shabbat box program. Students provide the venue, guests and side dishes for a Shabbat meal they host; Hillel provides the main course, dessert, Siddur, Kiddush cup, juice, challah, challah board and cover, as well as the candles and holders.

Students RSVP for a set number of guests and enjoy the Mitzvah of hosting a Shabbat.

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 first and third 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, to discuss internships, community service, alternative spring breaks, and birthright plans. 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.

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

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. 

Would you like to sponsor a Shabbat meal? A Donation of $500 makes 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, or a Havdalah evening. 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.

With 250 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.


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.


Fiscal Mailing Address:

ATTN Hillel of Northern Nevada,
5245 Vista Blvd, Ste F3-245,
Sparks, NV 89436

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