Book Review: Hillel Guide To Jewish Life On Campus

Hillel Guide to Jewish Life on Campus (14th Edition),
edited by Ruth Fredman Cernea and Jeff Rubin
Paperback – 296 pages, Princeton Review; ISBN: 0375754709

Hillel, the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Princeton Review-Random House publicity notes for this book aptly note: “With 85% of young Jewish Americans going to college, this one-of-a-kind book is a unique resource for families and students who want to consider a campus’s Jewish culture, resources and programs among other factors informing their college selection.” This is another example of how the guidebook industry has saved thousands of families and their college-bound students countless hours of search-and-evaluate energy. What’s inside the Hillel Guide?

The book is in three main parts:

  1. an introductory chapter entitled “Getting Started,”
  2. a campus-by-campus compilation of over 500 colleges and universities, and
  3. a resource directory listing of more than 90 short-term and summer programs (domestic and foreign) for Jewish undergraduate and graduate students.

The first part answers frequently asked questions Jewish students and families have about the college process. The college profiles in Part II discuss the schools’ Jewish student enrollments, specific Hillel organizations, the availabilty of Jewish housing options, kosher food, religious services, and Jewish studies programs. Part III is a wide-ranging discussion of programs that even include volunteering on an army base or a kibbutz in Israel. There is also a bibliography of over 50 books recommended by Jewish stidents and Hillel staff. The Hillel Guide can save you a lot of legwork.

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