Planning Your Visit
When visiting Northwestern, a great place to start is the Admissions Office where you can arrange a tour of campus and learn about student and academic life at Northwestern. We also invite you to stop by Hillel for a tour and to learn about Jewish life on campus, and we are always excited to help prospective students connect with current students!
Click here to let us know if you’re planning to visit Northwestern and would like to take a tour of the Hillel building and meet with students and staff. We look forward to welcoming you on campus!
Q: How many Jewish students are there on campus?
A: Approximately 15-20% of undergraduate students are Jewish. This translates to between 1,200-1,600 students.
Q: Where is Northwestern Hillel located?
A: Hillel is in the middle of the Evanston campus, at 629 Foster St. It is no more than a 10 minute walk from anywhere on campus.
Q: Can I arrange a tour with a Hillel staff member or a student?
A: Absolutely! To talk to a staff member, call Hillel at (847) 467-4455 or e-mail email@example.com. To arrange a tour with a student, email Ben Varhula (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Q: Can I arrange a stay for a weekend or Shabbat with a host student?
A: We love nothing more than having students over for Shabbat. Email Ben Varhula (email@example.com) to arrange a visit.
Q: How does Shabbat work at Hillel?
A: On Friday nights, there are Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox services, followed by a delicious dinner in the Hillel building. Following dinner, there will often be a guest professor to speak about various Jewish topics. During the day on Saturday, there are Orthodox services in the morning and afternoon and a communal lunch. After lunch, many people choose to stay at Hillel and hang out.
Q: How does kosher food work on campus?
A: Northwestern University provides kosher dining on the student meal plan at the centrally-located Allison Dining Hall. In addition, kosher sandwiches and other "grab-and-go" items are available for purchase at other campus locations. Northwestern Hillel provides free kosher meals for students on Shabbat and Jewish holidays throughout the academic year.
Q: Does Fiedler Hillel run a Taglit-Birthright trip?
A: Yes. Birthright is an organization that provides free 10-day trips to Israel. NU Hillel runs a trip each summer that dozens of students take advantage of every year. To learn more, visit freeisraeltrip.com.
Q: What kinds of activities happen at Hillel?
A: Hillel is the most dynamic and versatile group on campus in terms of the activities that it runs. Hillel programs are social, religious, cultural, political, and intellectual in nature, and they occur literally every day throughout the school year. During the accepted student days in the spring, there are programs designed to welcome accepted students to Hillel. To learn more about Hillel activities, feel free to check out Hillel's student groups or the Hillel calendar.