Goucher Hillel is committed to creating ongoing opportunities for helping students gain leadership and life skills, which we do through our council, internships, and Jewish Learning Fellowships.
Our Hillel programming is led by our student leadership council, a dedicated volunteer leadership group that meets weekly, in addition to committee meetings (Shabbat, Holidays, Social Programs, Tzedek [Social Justice], Israel & Global Jewish Life). Hillel Council is the cornerstone of Jewish student life, as leadership students are responsible for decision-making as it comes to creating programs and community for their peers. Staff work closely with Hillel leaders, fostering leadership growth and working collaboratively to meet the needs and interests of Jewish students on campus.
Every year Hillel hires two to five paid interns for the engagement internship. Engagement interns meet with the global Jewish life and engagement coordinator to learn how to network map, meet new students, and have meaningful conversations to expand Hillel’s goal of being a warm, welcoming, and inclusive community. These internships also have specialties, such as Chesed-kindness. The Chesed intern focuses on creating programs and connections that are geared toward welcoming First Year students and promoting kindness centered activities. Hillel also has a paid communications internship focusing on promoting programs through email and social media.
Jewish Learning Fellowship is a 10-week paid fellowship program where students discuss Jewish texts and ideas in the context of contemporary life. Using curricula provided by Hillel International such as Life’s Big Questions and Pursuing Justice, students find their voices in the context of Jewish tradition and gain facility and resources with incorporating Jewish ideas into their life’s journey.