New Students

Welcome to Drexel!

Engage with our First Year Experience: Take part in Hillel’s amazing early move-in program.  Join us for creative Welcome Week events. Plan your own programs with the First Year Council.

Questions about Hillel’s First Year Experience?

 Contact Hannah Rosenberg!

Virtual Jewniversity

Thursday, September 10 –  Friday, September 11, 2020

Looking for a unique opportunity to get connected to life at Drexel before the rush of classes begin? Want to build relationships with new and returning students? Interested in learning about Jewish life at Drexel? JEWNIVERSITY IS FOR YOU!

In light of the recent announcement of classes going fully remote for the fall term, we’re excited to offer the first time ever a VIRTUAL Jewniversity experience! Participants in the virtual Jewniversity program will receive a box full of swag and program materials sent to your home, and have access to at least two full days of exclusive programming. Imagine your own special Jewn box filled with Hillel swag, painting over Zoom, trivia hour with the Jewn crew, special mishpacha (Hebrew for family) groups, and more!

Register Here

Why participate in Jewniversity?

This program is a great way for incoming students to meet upperclassman and other incoming students before the academic year begins. It is an opportunity to get involved in community service projects, learn about Jewish life on campus,  and more!

Who is Jewniversity for?

Everyone! It doesn’t matter if you are an incoming first-year student or a transfer student. Hillel will offer fun activities for everyone regardless of your Jewish background or interests. All Drexel University incoming students are welcome to participate in the program, regardless of their religion or background.


What does Jewniversity include?

This year, Jewniversity presents the unique opportunity for virtual engagement! We’ll be starting the program Thursday with a full day of programming and Friday until Shabbat begins. We’ll be sending a “Jewn box” to your home a few days before the program begins, and using some materials in the box for fun DIY programs, snacks, etc. We’ll also be hosting some online events through Zoom and other forums.

How do I register for Jewniversity?

Fill out the registration form on this page, below, and mail your payment of $100 payable to Drexel Hillel to: c/o Drexel Hillel, Perelman Center for Jewish Life, 118 N 34th St, Philadelphia PA 19104.  Trouble with the form? Find it here!

How do I pay for Jewniversity?

To mail a check,  make checks payable to Drexel Hillel to: Drexel Hillel 118 N 34th St, Philadelphia PA 19104.  For payment questions or  arrange for financial assistance, please contact Rabbi Isabel. The virtual program fee is $100

Additional Questions?

Do you have any additional questions about Jewniversity? Call the Hillel office at 215-571-4251 or email our Director of Engagement, Hannah Rosenberg at

Welcome Week

Saturday, September 12 – Sunday, September 20, 2020

We are excited to announce our Welcome Week events within the next few months. Below is a taste of what we did last year!
  • Volunteering with the Jewish Relief Agency- Sunday, September 15th 9AM-12PM, meet at the Perelman Center for Jewish Life (limited to the first 40 people)
  • Perelman Carnival- Monday, September 16th 4-6PM, Perelman Center Terrance
  • DIY Fest- Wednesday, September 18th 11AM-1PM, Van R Ballroom
  • Challah Dough Making- Thursday, September 19th 11AM, Perelman Center Basement
  • Challah Braiding- Friday, September 20th 2PM, Perelman Center Basement
  • Shabbat Services (Conversations, Reform, Conservative, Orthodox)- Friday, September 20th 6PM, Perelman Center 3rd Floor rooms
  • Shabbat Dinner- Friday, September 20th 7PM, Perelman Center 1st Floor Dining Room
  • SMASH- Saturday, September 21st, Perelman Center
  • S’mores & Havdalah- Saturday, September 21st 8PM, Race Lawn

PLEASE NOTE: This year, Rosh Hashanah is September 19-20th during Welcome Week and Hillel will provide programming and services during this time!

First Year Council

When the academic year begins, it’s time for you to plan programs & events for yourself & your first year friends!

Past events include:
  • Ice Skating at Blue Cross River Rink
  • Mishloach Manot/Finals Care Packages
  • Open Mic Night @ the Perelman Center
  • Trip to the Zoo
  • … and MORE!

Kosher Freshman Living Community

Apply Here

We are happy to arrange a suite with a Kosher kitchen for our Shomer Kashrut first-year students in Van Rensselaer Hall (located at Powelton and 33rd within the University City eruv).  Based on the number of interested students 1-4 suites will have their kitchens kashered. All interested students must complete their housing forms with the University by May 15th and complete the application form below by June 1.

Questions? Contact Rabbi Isabel de Koninck, Executive Director and Campus Rabbi.