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General Information

RPI is a wonderful place with active minds and forward thinkers. We're one of the more active Hillels for our size - we have Shabbat Dinner every other week and we host fun, interactive events, for the weeks in between. Food is always provided.

For those of you who keep strictly kosher or want to start keeping kosher, you can contact the Dean of Students Office (DOSO) petitioning to live off campus at our kosher house. We are working closely with DOSO to get a specific form for this case. However, at the moment you have to contact DOSO directly. Please send us an email before doing so and we will be happy to help you.

There are three synagogues in Troy, and several more in the surrounding area. Niskayuna has some wonderful people and Albany has quite a few dedicated shuls.

Troy's quite a city for its size and descent from brilliance as the third wealthiest city in America. If you come here, you'll be part of a revival that has brought in businesses such as Collar City Guitars, The Brown Bag, The Daily Grind, and the other businesses.

If you will be visiting campus and want to meet with a hillel representative or have any questions regarding RPI and our Jewish community, feel free to email us at hillel@rpi.edu.

Thanks for your time, and we hope to see you soon!

Frequently asked questions

Where is Hillel located?

The Hillel office is located in the Chaplain's office inside the Student Union.

What does Hillel do for High Holidays?

With Conservative, Orthodox, and Reform Shuls within walking distance of campus, RPI-Sage Hillel is able to send a contingent to each Shul for services on all days of both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Then, as Yom Kippur draws to close, Hillel hosts our own break the fast event with Lox, Bagel, and Cream cheese that you could possibly want.

Who runs the RPI-Sage Hillel?

The RPI-Sage Hillel is completely studet run by our board of dedicated officers. More information can be found under the "About" tab above.

Where can I get kosher food on campus?

Every Friday night there is a kosher shabbat dinner run by one of the Jewish organizations on campus. Other than that, Sodexo provides basic kosher food if you meet with them ahead of time and make arrangments.

How many Jews does it take to make a Hillel Board?

Our executive board is made up of 5 officers who help to run the general board. The general board offers a multitude of minor officer postions so as to help hillel run smoothly and efficently.

What does Hillel do for Passover?

The RPI-Sage hillel runs a strictly kosher Passover meal plan for the entirety of passover along with two full Passover Seders. For more informsation, click the Passover tab above.

I'm not very Jewish. Can I still come to Hillel?

First of all, if you're Jewish you're Jewish. But it does not matter how religious you are, we welcome everybody with warm arms and food! Even if you've never been to a Shabbat dinner before, come and check it out, we promise you a welcoming community and a nice relaxing night.


Have any further/specific questions you want answered?
Feel free to email us with any and questions you may have: hillel@rpi.edu