Student Experience

Shabbat & Holidays

Drexel Hillel joyously celebrates Shabbat and holidays with community dinners, mutliple prayer services, and energetic holiday parties.  All of our Shabbat and holiday celebrations are planned by our Jewish Student Association board, for more information visit our facebook page or contact our student leaders.

Weekly Shabbat Celebrations

Weekly Hillel Shabbat Celebrations Include:

6pm: Shabbat Services may include Reform, Conservative or Orthodox depending on the week. (Orthodox Services times, please consult the OMG Facebook page)

7pm: Shabbat Dinner

Check out our Facebook page for more information.

Holiday Celebrations

Highlights of Hillel’s Yearly Holiday Celebrations Include:

  • High Holiday Services and Meals (on campus and in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania)
  • A full week of dynamic Sukkot experiences
  • Hannukah and Purim Parties
  • Full Passover Meal Plan and Passover Seders on Campus

High Holidays

Students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends are encouraged to join Drexel Hillel for High Holiday celebrations at our home, the Raymond G. Perelman Center for Jewish Life (118 N. 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104).

Services will be hosted in the Scheller Chapel, a light-filled space featuring warm tones and comfortable chairs creating an intimate and inspiring environment for prayer and reflection.  Our services will be led by Rabbi Isabel de Koninck and will feature a variety of opportunities for student and guest participation.  The services will be egalitarian (all participants seated together) and will draw on the holiday traditions of the Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements and will utilize the fully translated and fully transliterated Mahzor Eit Ratzon.

Religious Communities

Hillel at Drexel University prides itself on being a pluralistic and welcoming community. We accomplish this goal by joyously celebrating Shabbat and holidays with communal dinners, organizing a variety of prayer services and developing engaging programming. Each religious community at Drexel caters to the needs of their distinct populations and acts to provide a space for religious observance and personal growth. Please follow us on Facebook to find up to date information regarding activities, events and Shabbat and Holiday programming.

Jewish Learning Fellowship

JLF is a 10-week seminar for students looking to deepen their understanding of Judaism on their own terms. Fellows earn a scholarship & share dinner every week.

At Drexel Hillel, we offer both JLF – Ask Big Questions, which is run during Spring Quarter and JLF 2.0 – Ask Big Questions about Israel, which is run during Winter Quarter .



What is JLF?

The Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) is a 10-week experiential, conversational seminar for students looking to deepen their understanding of Judaism on their own terms. We’re interested in asking big questions.
You know, the big stuff —like Who am I? What communities am I a part of? What is worth committing myself to, and why?
We are proud to say that we make no claims about the “right” way to practice or not to practice Judaism. Our job is to help you explore the tradition in a safe space and find your own place, on your terms, in Judaism’s Great Conversation.

Interested in more details?

E-mail Zack Wiener, Rabbinic Intern, at for more info about JLF – Ask Big Questions.
For more info about JLF 2.0 – Ask Big Questions about Israel, email Leah Thomas, Manager of Israel Engagement at Or reach out to JLF 2.0 intern, Abbey Solomon at