Hillel for Utah seeks to develop the relationships, experiences and communities that encourage students to understand themselves, and to create a connection with their Judaism. We strive to achieve this through immersive Jewish education experiences, outdoor programming, and Jewish holiday celebrations, among many other programs! We serve all colleges and universities in Utah including, but not limited to: Westminster College, University of Utah, Utah Valley University, Utah State University, Salt Lake Community College, and Brigham Young University.
Hillel for Utah began in the fall of 2010 with seven students who expressed interest in a Jewish student organization at Westminster College during a Faith Fair. These seven students began a student club “Chai Life.” In February 2011, Hillel International recognized the club as a “small and mighty” organization as Hillel for Utah at Westminster. Expansion of the organization has been propelled with the establishment of a full time executive director in July, 2015. Hillel for Utah moved to be headquartered at the JCC in the summer of 2017 when it became an independent 501(c)3 organization.