Hillel for Utah began in the spring of 2011 as a club with a voluntary advisor on the campus of Westminster College. The club drew more and more students from the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College for the next four years. Growth and the desire to serve college students in Utah more equitably lead to Hillel’s move in June of 2017 from the Westminster College campus to the I.J. and Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center located at 2 N. Medical Drive across from the University of Utah Hospital.
Adam R. Bronfman founded Hillel for Utah in July of 2015. As President of The Samuel Bronfman Foundation, Adam R. Bronfman is committed to furthering Edgar M. Bronfman’s vision of inspiring a vibrant and joyful Jewish future by working to build a knowledgeable, proud, and welcoming community. As a member of Hillel’s International Board of Governors, Adam has visited numerous Hillels in North America. He has been a catalyst behind the growth of Hillels internationally. He has served as an active board member at the Hillel of UC Santa Barbara and is a member of the Hillel for Utah Board of Directors and Advisory Board.
Student participation and leadership drives Hillel for Utah. Signature events include Bagel Mondays at Westminster College, monthly Ask Big Questions Shabbat Dinners, Utah’s only campus sukkah, a wildly popular Latkefest, Winter Shabbaton (featuring winter activities and Jewish conversations) and a Passover Seder. Combining Utah’s spectacular outdoors and Jewish life, students can look forward to hikes, kayaking and tashlich, and more in the coming year. Bagel tUesdays at the University of Utah are in the planning as well as a Barkin’ BBQ to kick off the fall semester with a canine-welcoming Shabbat.
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