Our Vision

Mission

Queens College Hillel enriches the lives of students so that they can enrich the Jewish community and the world. 

Vision

We envision a world in which every Jewish student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.

We seek to achieve this by:

  • Creating meaningful Jewish experiences to inspire Jewish students
  • Engaging students on their own terms, with individual personalities, interests, and passions
  • Embracing both the distinctively Jewish and universally human inherent in Judaism
  • Connecting community service and civic engagement with Jewish values
  • Promoting pluralistic community and constructive dialogue
  • Emphasizing exploration, engagement, and education related to the State of Israel as a core part of Jewish life

Demographics

Queens College has the 9th largest population of Jewish students of any public campus in the nation. Of 16,000 undergraduates, 4,000 are Jewish. The majority of students here live at home and commute to the campus every day. Some commute just down the road, other come from all over NYC! Many students also live in the dorms and surrounding apartments, which helps create a rich and exciting Shabbat experience every weekend.  Commuters and Residents alike are welcome at all QC Hillel opportunities, and we do everything we can to accommodate very widely ranging student schedules. Some students work, study full time or part time - regardless of how often you are here, Queens College Hillel seeks to be a welcoming community to all Jewish students.

Like Queens College itself, the QC Jewish community is incredibly diverse. Our community has an estimated:

  • 1,000 Orthodox students (2nd largest community in the country)
  • 2,500 Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, Renewal, and Post-Denominational students
  • 1,000 Bukharian Jewish students (from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and other Central Asian countries)
  • 350 Persian Jewish students (from Iran)
  • And Jews from Israel, Morocco, Georgia (former Soviet Union), and Russia, and more.

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