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FAQ

1. How do I get involved and is it alright to just show up? 

Absolutely you can just show up! Stopping by anytime to say hi, hang out, grab food, or study in the lounge is highly encouraged! You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter on our website to get a list of events every week. If you want, you can schedule a coffee date with our Student Life Coordinator to find out more info. Calendly.com/engage95

2. Do I have to be Jewish? 

You do not have to be Jewish. We accept students from all faiths and backgrounds

3. Does OU Hillel have weekly Shabbat services? 

Yes, Hillel hosts weekly Shabbat services for students beginning at 6pm. On the third Friday of every month there is a special Shabbat event; in the past this has included attending services at various synagogues in Oklahoma City, spending the evening at Chabad, or having an informal gathering for pizza at a local Norman restaurant. 

4. Are there membership fees? 

There are no fees to join thanks to our generous donors. 

5. What is Jewish life like at Hillel?

The University of Oklahoma has a very active growing Jewish community, with many opportunities for students to get involved socially, culturally, educationally, and religiously. All students are welcomed and encouraged to participate, as they celebrate their own Jewish traditions and learn about those of other communities. By providing programming based on student’s interests we aim to help you find your own personal connection to Judaism, while helping you discover yourself at the University of Oklahoma.

 

6. How many Jewish students are there at OU?

Although we do not have an exact number, we estimate anywhere from 150-250 students

 

7. I'm a parent of an OU student, what can I do to help? 

You can encourage and support participation in Hillel. We are a student-driven organization that is always expanding. We are open to students of all backgrounds and offer students many unique opportunities.

8. Where is Hillel located? 

On the corner of Elm and Boyd. 494 Elm Ave, Norman, Oklahoma 73069

9. Does Hillel offer a Birthright trip?

Taglit: Birthright Israel is a FREE 10 day to trip to Israel and it is an experience of a lifetime! OU Hillel offers two trips a year (Over winter and summer breaks)

10. Does OU celebrate the major Jewish holidays? 

Hillel offers kosher food during the week, Shabbat and holiday meals, as well as any other program taking place inside our building.

OU Hillel allows for any student seeking a kosher meal or snack to feel free to raid our kitchens during non-program times. Check out our "Kashrut Policy" page to find more about our Kosher policies

11. Does OU Hillel serve Kosher food? 

Hillel offers kosher food during the week, Shabbat and holiday meals, as well as any other program taking place inside our building.

OU Hillel allows for any student seeking a kosher meal or snack to feel free to raid our kitchens during non-program times. Check out our "Kashrut Policy" page to find more about our Kosher policies