Harvard Hillel

Purpose Statement

Harvard Hillel is the catalyst for Jewish life, community and personal exploration at this great university. Our pressing challenge is centered on students' active and self-conscious choice to be Jewish, to explore the relevance of Jewish tradition to their own lives, to be become active participants in a vital and dynamic culture, and to contribute with force and vision both to the Jewish community and the world at large. Inherent in this challenge is the opportunity for Hillel to contribute to a renaissance of Jewish life in America and beyond. Harvard Hillel considers every Jewish student as an actor in and author of the on-going story of the Jewish people from ancient days until the present. Our mission, therefore, is to provide every Jewish Harvard student---without regard to ideological commitment or background---appropriate grounding for making meaningful Jewish choices in a complex and changing world. We are guided in this endeavor by four tenets: the centrality of education; pluralism; the development of leaders; and dialogue with Israel.

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