"When I first arrived at Elon, I felt overwhelmingly welcomed by the Hillel members. Knowing that we young Jewish adults share a certain similarity of upbringing, education, and values, I was able to relax in this group. Over the past semester, I have become very involved with Hillel. At first, I simply started going to events. Then I would come early to see how I could help set up, or I’d stay late to clean up. Before long, I wanted a bigger role. After talking to the Hillel president and staff on campus, we worked out that I should be on the Hillel board as Shabbat coordinator, and in a membership position. My job is to help students feel welcome at Hillel events, and to make efforts to include everyone who shows up. This is exactly the kind of involvement I was looking for. I have the opportunity to give back byengaging others, as I myself had been welcomed when I first arrived, thus living out Jewish values." Diana Abrahams '14
"Coming to Elon, I was so excited to have things to do, involving Hillel. It was clear to me how small Jewish life is in comparison to my neighborhood at home and I was excited to be a part of Hillel to get a sense of home. I remember going to get frozen yogurt with the interns have having milkshakes brought during finals. I loved feeling part of a group…"
"Coming to Elon, I was really afraid I would feel excluded or out of place in regards to my religion, because I was so used to growing up in a very Jewish community. Becoming engaged in Hillel showed me that although the Jewish population here is small, it is definitely mighty and filled with students and staff who are warm, welcoming and caring; similar to my community at home….. being involved in Hillel isn’t just about the religion; it has a lot to do with creating bonds and getting involved in something that will make a lasting impact on your time at Elon."
- Approximately 10% of the students in the class of 2018 have self-identified as Jewish
- 20-30 Elon students participate in Winter and Summer Taglit-Birthright trips each year
- 8-15 Elon students participate in one-week Alternative Break service trips each year: Uruguay in 2009, Argentina in 2010, Los Angeles in 2011, Nicaragua in 2012, Florida in 2013
- Hillel staff are Elon University employees, part of the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life
What is Elon's connection to the United Church of Christ?
Elon's connection to the United Church of Christ results in a great respect for the diversity of spirituality and religions on campus. Elon was founded by the UCC, the most liberal of the Protestant denominations, and was named for the Hebrew word for oak or tree.
Elon is not a place that tolerates hate speech or discrimination of any kind. The university’s founding by the UCC, rather than creating a Christian feeling on campus, provides an emphasis on doing the right thing and respecting diversity. Jewish students at Elon report feeling free to practice their religion, free to educate others on campus about the Jewish culture.
"Hillel has given me the opportunity to feel like I am really making a difference at Elon. Being a part of this organization allows me to teach others about diversity and the significance of learning about different cultures and religions.”
Kim Glazer ’08, Elon’s first Jewish Homecoming Queen
Elon welcomes Jewish students to a dynamic and exciting campus. Community is essential to learning at Elon and is a central part of the campus culture. While a majority of Elon’s students are not Jewish, the campus is very open to and interested in Jewish culture, religious practices and foods! Plenty of non-Jewish students attend Hillel events with their Jewish friends. Campus administrators, students and parents are currently exploring and developing new ways to make Jewish students at home on Elon’s campus.
The Sklut Hillel Center is located at 401 E. College Avenue, at the corner of E. College & Antioch, across from the tennis courts
2960 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Rabbi Becky Joseph
Hillel Director and Associate Chaplain for Jewish Life