Founded in 1927, Texas Hillel at The University of Texas at Austin’s mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Texas Hillel students, professionals and volunteer leaders are dedicated to creating a pluralistic, welcoming and inclusive environment for Jewish college students, where they are encouraged to grow intellectually, spiritually and socially. Texas Hillel helps students find a balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikun olam (repairing the world) and Jewish learning, and to support Israel and global Jewish peoplehood. Texas Hillel is committed to excellence, innovation, accountability and results.
The University of Texas at Austin is a vibrant campus community with more than 3,000 Jewish students, making Texas Hillel host to the largest population of Jewish students in the region. Texas Hillel plans more than one hundred different activities each year, and programs under its sponsorship have been recognized by the University as Best Campus Service Organization (for social action and community volunteerism), Best Campus Political Organization (for Texans for Israel advocacy and education work and for the White Rose Society's anti-genocide campaign), and Most Outstanding Campus Religious Organization. Texas Hillel has also been recognized by Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life as an Exemplar of Excellence and with the Haber Award in 2005 for the White Rose Society (a Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness group).
Texas Hillel’s Vision Statement
"Texas Hillel creates opportunities for all Jewish students at The University of Texas at Austin to develop their own Jewish interests and participate in a welcoming campus-based community that respects the value of pluralism and promotes ongoing involvement in Jewish life."