FAQs

How many Jewish students attend Clark?

At Clark, we estimate, that approximately 350-400 of our 2,300 undergraduate students identify as Jewish. In addition, there are around 75-100 Clark graduate students who also identify as Jewish. Clark Hillel serves students from the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, where another approximately 200 students self-identify as Jewish.

How can I get involved?

There are many ways to get involved with Clark Hillel. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Attend one of our many events
  • Come to Shabbat services and/or dinner
  • Speak to our staff and/or student leaders
  • Run for CoCo (our coordination council)
  • Sign up to be added to our email list
  • Stop by the Hillel office (Higgins University Center, room 309) for schmoozing and free food!

I haven’t been to synagogue since I became a Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  Can I still join?

Absolutely! Hillel requires no previous knowledge of Judaism or religious belief/practice to join. We welcome all students, whether or not they are Jewish, religiously observant, or knowledgeable about Judaism.

I’m not interested in being religiously observant.  Is there anything at Clark Hillel for me?

Of course! Hillel is often misperceived as a purely religious organization, but in reality we are so much more. We offer a wide variety of social programs that incorporate Judaism and Jewish culture. In fact, three of our four committees do not directly relate to religious observance (see below for more information about student leadership). Instead, they focus on building a sense of community, working for justice, and learning about Israel.

How is Hillel’s student leadership structured?

Our leadership is made up of 17 elected undergraduate students:

  • Five elected executive board members (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and vice president of public relations). Each member, except president, is also the liaison to one of four committees: Tikkun Olam, Social Arts and Culture, Religious Observance, and Israel Zionism.
  • Twelve elected co-chairs, three on each committee
  • General members are also welcome to join any of the four committees

Is Hillel associated with a particular sect of Judaism?

Hillel International is a pluralistic organization that does not identify with a particular denomination of Judaism. Clark Hillel welcomes all students, no matter their religious upbringing, current affiliation, or amount of knowledge. Hillel’s role is not to define what Judaism or being Jewish means to individuals; rather, we assist each student as they determine what Judaism means for them.

Is there kosher food at Clark?

Yes, there is kosher food available on campus. Higgins Cafeteria, the main dining hall on campus, has a kosher station that serves lunch and dinner (every day except Shabbat) at no additional charge.  This kosher station is supervised by the Vaad of Worcester.  In addition, Clark Hillel offers free kosher Shabbat dinner every week, meals for certain holidays, and always has kosher food to nosh on in the office.

I consider myself an observant Jew. Will I be able to maintain my observance within the Clark and Worcester community?

Yes, Clark Hillel programs reflect the students who participate in and plan them. Several students identify as being shomer mitzvot. Although Clark Hillel does not currently program for full Orthodox observance, we will help students find what they are looking for in the local community.

Does Clark offer a study abroad program in Israel? 

Yes, Clark currently offers both a year-long and semester-long program at the University of Haifa. Check it out here.

Is there a Clark Birthright Israel trip?

Yes, Clark offers two trips, one in the summer and another in the winter. Each trip is staffed by our Israel Outreach Coordinator. If you are interested in more information, click here.