About Us

University at Albany Hillel is an organization dedicated to empowering students to develop strong Jewish identities through creative self-expression.  The Hillel community is driven by an eclectic group of students who each bring their own unique perspective of Jewish life on campus.  Our staff and student leaders creates fun, meaningful, and inclusive experiences that are designed to strengthen each participant's connection with Israel, their own Jewish identity, and one another.  Come join us!


Join Us

Whether you're just starting to explore your Judaism or you light the candles every Shabbat, our community is open to you.  Our staff, student board, and participants are all excited for your first event.  Want to bring a friend?  They're more than welcome to come too!



From Shabbat dinners, to apple picking, to our weekly hangout, Tuesday Shmoozeday, we have an event for you!  Our staff and student leaders work together to bring you classic and creative experiences and activities.  With so many events, don't forget your homework...

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Mission & Vision

Our Mission: Enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.

Our Vision: We envision a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel.



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Rabbi Manon has been the Executive Director of UAlbany Hillel for 11 years and is inspired by student every day.  Nomi is a graduate of Alfred Univesity and The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where she received her Rabbinic ordination.  In Rabbinical school Nomi’s specialization was in campus work which focused on enhancing the Jewish experience of college students as well as non-profit management and fundraising.  She is passionate about working at UAlbany Hillel, a pluralist organization that recognizes, supports, and encourages all types of Jewish expression.  Nomi encourages students to explore their many identities and passions in a Jewish context.  Nomi also teaches courses in Judaic studies where she is able to interact with a broad range of students in an academic setting.  Nomi is always available for informal counseling and conversations about life, Judaism, politics, and relationships.  Nomi has two daughters, Shoham and Advah.



This is Gabe’s first year as the Springboard Innovation Specialist at for UAlbany Hillel and he is extremely excited to get to know the faces in our community.  Gabe is a recent graduate from Earlham College, where he majored in German Language and Literature, and minored in Jewish Studies with a particular focus on German-Jewish history.  He is particularly passionate about creating outside-the-box Jewish programming, and is always happy to discuss the seemingly impossible event ideas that in reality, just take some tweaking.  When he’s not working with Hillel, you can often find him in the kitchen attempting to create wonderful new dishes, which generally have a high success rate.  He is looking forward to working with Rabbi Nomi, the the student board, and each participant over the next two years to create an enjoyable and exciting Jewish experience for everyone.