Since Syracuse University announced that students will be welcomed back for the spring semester, our Board of Governors, staff team, and student leaders have been hard at work making sure we can provide meaningful Jewish experiences for Syracuse University students. Building community and offering opportunities for students to grow personally, professionally, and Jewishly will be difficult within this "new normal," but we are up for the challenge.

We have formed a task force made up of board members, staff, university officials, and students who have helped us and continue to help us understand the current climate and implement safety measures to make sure Hillel can safely open for students.

Throughout the year, we will adhere to social distancing guidelines put in place by the University and public health officials. If you or your family have any questions, please contact us!

To download the entire Safe Hillel Guiding Principles for Spring 2021, click here

Spring 2021 FAQs

What precautions will be in place to ensure the health and safety in the Winnick Hillel Center?

The health and safety of our students and staff is paramount. The Safe Opening Task Force continues to evaluate Hillel’s safety protocols, which will guide our operations over the coming months. Syracuse Hillel is adopting as a minimum standard the guidelines and practices of New York State, Syracuse University, and the Onondaga County Health Department. At this time, these include, but are not limited to, mandatory mask-wearing, social distancing of 6 feet, limiting space capacity, limiting the use of our indoor spaces, and additional cleaning protocols at our facilities.

Do I have to wear a mask at Hillel?

Yes. As noted above, all individuals will have to wear a mask at indoor and outdoor Hillel facilities.

Can I hangout or study at the Winnick Hillel Center?

Inside spaces at the Winnick Hillel Center will be open on a limited basis and an outdoor tent remains in the Winnick Hillel Center parking lot for students to hangout, study, and meet. Use of the tent and building is available only to SU and ESF students. All students must present their SU ID and a confirmation that they have completed the COVID-19 daily questionnaire if they wish to enter the tent or building. Students must wear masks and will be expected to wipe down their stations after use. Hand sanitizer and additional sanitizing wipes will be made available to students. There will be no eating inside the building but eating inside the tent is allowed. All restrooms will be single use and gender neutral for the fall semester. Finally, all student swipe access to the building will be suspended.

How will we do Shabbat every week?

Syracuse Hillel will be hosting Shabbat experiences weekly, both virtually and in-person, at 5:30pm EST. Coordinated by Hillel, Syracuse University Food Services will be providing “Shabbat Meal in a Box” for students with meal plans who sign up in advance each week for kosher Shabbat meals. Students without meal plans will have the opportunity to reserve their own “Shabbat in a Box” without the meal component (includes grape juice, challah, and sweet treat). For more information contact Rabbi Joel or visit our Shabbat page.

Can I still have coffee dates with Hillel staff or interns?

"Coffee dates" can now include coffee so long as both parties are comfortable with the arrangement. Masks must be worn whenever coffee is not being drunk. Regardless of coffee, we can’t wait to meet you, get to know you, and hangout! If you want to schedule a walk and talk or a meeting with Hillel staff or interns, contact Rabbi Joel!

I'm a prospective student. Can I visit the Winnick Hillel Center?

Unfortunately, we are not hosting prospective student visits to the Winnick Hillel Center at this time. However, we are happy to connect you with a current student who can virtually answer questions about Jewish life on campus. For more information contact Jillian Juni.

Will there be Birthright Israel or Perspectives trips this winter?

Unfortunately, Syracuse Hillel will not be hosting Birthright Israel or Perspectives trips this winter. We hope to provide these opportunities during summer 2021.

What is the latest update? (as of 2/3/2021)

Syracuse Hillel has updated it's operating document for the spring semester based on experience and feedback from students on the fall semester. The intention of the recommendations for student programming are to be as consistent as possible with the regulations set forth by Syracuse University. Some highlights: 1) A wide variety of programs, opportunities, religious services, and holiday celebrations will be available this semester both in-person (as permitted) and virtually. Subscribe to our emails (link to the subscribe page) and follow us on social media (Instagram and Facebook) (link to each) for the most up to date information. 2) Shabbat Boxes (link to shabbat page), with grape juice, challah, dessert, and a whole meal if you are interested, are available each week. Sign up by 3pm on Wednesday to pick up your box at Hillel or have it delivered to you on Friday. 3) The Winnick Hillel Center will be open for programs as scheduled and by appointment. If you are interested in being at the Winnick Hillel Center to meet, study, and do virtual classes, please reach out to our staff (link to our staff page). 4) If you are in quarantine/isolation at any point during the semester, please reach out to our staff. We are here to help support you to the best of our ability!