History of Jewish Life at Elon
Elon University Hillel, nationally recognized for its engaged Jewish population and experiential and inclusive Jewish life programming, is a the largest Jewish organization in Alamance county, and a welcoming and vibrant home for Jewish students on campus.
The Jewish student population at Elon has grown at an astonishing rate over the past decade, and boasts the beautiful Sklut Hillel Center as the home away from home for Elon’s more than 800 Jewish students
Since its dedication in 2013, the center, named for Elon parents Eric and Lori Sklut P’14, has become the focus for Jewish life on campus.
Elon Hillel offers programs including Shabbat dinners and services, bagel brunches, cooking classes, discussions, meetings, and holiday celebrations in the facility, which includes a kosher kitchen, a patio/sukkah, offices, a conference room, a study lounge, and (soon) a large backyard multi-use pavilion.
Jewish Life @ Elon timeline
2024 – Elon Hillel Pavilion will be dedicated
2018 – EJAN – Elon Jewish Alumni Network – formed
2018 – 5th anniversary of Sklut Hillel Center
2017 – Elon Hillel featured as leading Jewish university in the south by The Forward
2015 – Jewish Studies Minor announced
2013 – Sklut Hillel Center dedicated, March 2013
2011 – Professor Rabbi Geoffrey Claussen hired as first Jewish Studies Professor
2011 – The Jewish Life Advisory Council (JLAC) was formed by President Emeritus Leo Lambert to provide leadership and vision on the future expansion and enhancement of Jewish life and Jewish studies at Elon
2009 – Elon Hillel received the designation of “Small & Mighty Campus of Excellence” from Hillel International
2008 – Nancy Luberoff joins Elon as the first Hillel Director
2006 – First part-time campus rabbi hired at Elon
2002 – Associate Vice President Jeff Stein joins Elon University, serves as Hillel advisor
1992 – Elon Hillel was founded as the Jewish Students Organization.