COVID-19 Update

In this time of transition, Cornell Hillel is a constant.  

Dear Cornell Hillel Community,
President Martha Pollack shared an announcement with students, suspending all in-person instruction for the rest of the semester. We wish to reinforce President Pollack’s message and encourage students to return home to their permanent residences and to avoid social gatherings. 
Two thousand years ago, our namesake Hillel taught us the need for collective responsibility, especially in times of crisis. Hillel said, “If I am only for myself, what am I?”  We care deeply about the safety and wellbeing of all our students and staff and as such have made the difficult decision to suspend all Cornell Hillel in-person programs, religious services, and classes for the semester.   
As we close our doors, our hearts remain open. We are doubling down on our commitment to support you through this transition. The Cornell Hillel team is creating powerful virtual opportunities for students to connect to community, each other, and Jewish wisdom.   
  • Connect: Our team including six Senior Jewish Educators and Rabbis are meeting connecting and reflecting with students over Zoom every day. Want to explore what the Torah says about a crisis? Need help thinking through your Passover plans? Just want a distraction and to discuss what’s new on Netflix? We’re here
  • Shabbat: Join Base Ithaca’s Rabbi Hayley and Lizzie for interactive Shabbat services, learning, and prayer opportunities. Follow Base on Instagram and Facebook.
  • Learn: Hillel International is organizing online gatherings with compelling Jewish voices, and inspiring leaders, like Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and Amar'e Stoudemire, as well as Jewish meditation classes and more. Sign up here
  • How can we help you? We want to know what you need.  We’re gathering information about food needs during Passover for Cornell Dining.
  • External Resources:  The Office of the Student Advocate, run by Hillel intern Liel, has additional resources for Cornell students. 
Stay connected and up to date on Facebook, Instagram, or email us at with any questions. We want to acknowledge that this time is unsettling and reiterate that the Hillel community is here for you. Below, see how students can make the most of their summer through our virtual fellowships.
Rabbi Ari Weiss
Executive Director 
Avi Kupperman
Executive Board President
Cornell Hillel

Our staff of 14 is here to help students, alumni, and parents. 


Phone: 607-255-9712

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