Our Mission

Hillel’s mission is to be a visible and positively recognized nexus of Jewish life on campus. We aim to inspire Jewish students to create an active and open community with each other as well as locally, nationally, and around the world. We encourage an open environment where Jewish students (of all knowledge levels and backgrounds) are able to learn about their heritage and develop their own unique identity within the world of Jewish pluralism.

University Presence

Hillel has been a part of the University of Iowa almost as long as Jewish students have been at the university. Over the years, Hillel students have sought to build the Jewish community on campus and raise the university and Iowa City communities’ awareness of issues related to culture, ethnicity, and basic human rights. Today, Hillel works with other student organizations to serve as an impetus for the development of understanding and friendship with other cultural, ethnic, and religious groups within the University and throughout Iowa.


Hillel has been a place for me to grow spiritually, academically, and socially through weekly Shabbat services and dinner, study spaces, and becoming the place to hang out with my friends.
— Zachary Savitz, University of Iowa Sophomore