Fellowships, Internships, and Leadership Opportunities
Student Leadership Application
As UF Hillel works to increase student leadership opportunities and awareness of options for community involvement, we are launching a new, streamlined Student Leadership Application process.
This application includes leadership options across many different areas at UF Hillel. Please read through the information below which includes student groups, positions, and descriptions of responsibilities. If you are interested in doing so, you are able to apply to multiple positions, although we encourage students to consider their other commitments outside of Hillel and ensure you will be able to follow through with all commitments.
If you have any questions in general about the application process, please be in touch with Stefani Rozen, UF Hillel Associate Director.
Challah for Hunger
Challah for Hunger engages thousands of Jewish college students on 80+ campuses across the world in practicing tikkun olam, or repairing the world, by baking challah together to sell to combat food insecurity. Challah for Hunger provides students with community, leadership skills, and the opportunity to perform tzedakah. Email Nofar Abutbul for more information.
Advocacy / Philanthropy Chair
The Advocacy and Philanthropy Chair will organize opportunities for volunteering, food drives, or other reltaed philanthropy events. They will also coordinate advocacy training and educational opportunities.
Social Media Chair / Outreach
Responsibilities include managing social media, including Facebook, Instagram, and GroupMe. This includes making flyers to recruit and communicate with the community about upcoming events. Responsible for communicating with Hillel about upcoming events and advertising in order to share on UF Hillel social media. Responsible for outreach to UF students- including sending out emails and interest forms.
The Finance Chair will be expected to be at all Challah sale events (approximately 2 Fridays/month) and will manage the payments and donations to Field and Fork.
The Logistics Chair will track attendance and participation points at each event, and will take notes at meetings. They will work with the UF Hillel professional team to ensure all ingredients are available. They will coordinate the day-of logistics for Challah baking including set-up and clean-up.
Collab Chair / Outreach Chair
This person will build connections and relationships with other student organizations on campus in order to raise awareness and increase participation. They will also oversee opportunities for including creative, fun elements to the group and events.
Are you passionate about the planet? Do you care deeply about the environment? Apply now for UF Hillel's Eco-Ambassadors leaders!
The Director and Assistant Directors will partner with the UF Hillel professional team, fellow students, and community partners to implement projects that help society and the earth better coexist. You'll work to help launch a sustainability initiative in order to make UF Hillel, UF, and the greater Gainesville community more environmentally just.
The Director will work in partnership with the UF Hillel professional team to determine sustainability initiatives for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. They will partner with the Assistant Directors to create, recruit, and implement a variety of service opportunities for students based on the pre-determined initiatives, providing engagement and educational opportunities with local and campus organizations. The Director will represent UF Hillel and participate in professional development as part of a network of 100 Campus Corps student interns as part of Hillel and Repair the World's "Serve the Moment" initiative.
The Eco-Ambassador Director and Assistant Directors will meet weekly with a Hillel staff member weekly.
Eco-Ambassador Assistant Director
The Assistant Directors will partner with the Eco-Ambassador Director and UF Hillel professional team on sustainability practices throughout UF Hillel. They will work closely with the Director to create, recruit, and implement a variety of service opportunities for students based on the pre-determined initiatives, providing engagement and educational opportunities with local and campus organizations.
The Eco-Ambassador Director and Assistant Directors will meet weekly with a Hillel staff member weekly.
Engagement Interns are connectors and peer engagers. They are interested in meeting and welcoming students, providing opportunities for meaningful conversation and relationship building with uninvolved Jewish students, and planning initiatives on campus to drive engagement with our Jewish community campus.
Engagement Interns enhance the creativity and diversity of programs at UF Hillel and within the broader Jewish Community on campus. Interns will each host coffee dates and one-on-one meetings throughout the year with newly admitted and unengaged students. They will connect students with the Jewish community and learn more about their interests and Jewish journey. The interns will work as a team to plan and implement community activities on campus and at UF Hillel.
Each intern will have regular meetings with the Engagement Internship Cohort and with the Associate Director of UF Hillel. Interns will be responsible for tracking and managing information about student meetings, communicating with peers about opportunities, and scheduling one-on-one meetings/coffee dates with students.
If you have any questions, reach out to Stefani Rozen, Associate Director.
Share your Israel story with the greater Gator community! This opportunity is ideal for students who have participated in one of our immersive Israel travel opportunities such as Birthright or Onward.
Israel Ambassadors play a key role in Birthright recruitment and Israel programming at UF Hillel. A typical week for an Israel Ambassador might include tabling on campus, planning a program for Israel week and checking in with a Hillel staff person about your progress with Birthright recruitment. Israel Ambassadors make great candidates to staff a future UF to Israel Birthright trip. Contact Ashley Jones for more information.
Jewish Greek Council
Jewish Greek Council is a student group for Jewish Gators in Greek Life at UF! Whether you are the only Jewish person in your chapter or one of many, you have a place in Jewish Greek Council. Some of JGC’s biggest events are Fall Fest and the Purim Party. JGC also hosts general body meetings and community service events. The JGC executive board is responsible for planning events throughout the year and staying connected to each chapter through a chapter lead. If you’d like to be a leader in the Jewish Greek community, this is the perfect opportunity!
The executive director is responsible for overseeing the JGC Executive Board and Chapter Leads. They will work in partnership with UF Hillel professional staff and meet on a weekly basis to check in about the progress of JGC. They will hold a significant leadership role in the Greek community, and should be familiar with various sorority and fraternity houses and communities.
This group of students will be responsible for planning JGC events and promoting it on campus. They will work in partnership with UF Hillel professional staff and meet weekly about the progress of events and opportunities. They will plan and implement events, including supply requisition, participation recruitment, event logistics, set up before and clean up after events. Individual responsibilities within the board will be determined with the Executive Director.
Each Greek chapter should have at least one individual serving as their Chapter representation to Jewish Greek Council. This person will be responsible for relaying any messages from the Executive board and encourage their chapter to participate in JGC events.
Kulanu is an apolitical student group that works to create pro-Israel sentiment across campus and to increase Israel awareness by hosting cultural events, speakers, and promoting appreciation for Israel. Email Nofar Abutbul for more information.
The President shall preside at all meetings of the organization and shall coordinate the work of the officers and committees.
The Vice-President shall serve as an aide to the President and shall perform the duties of the President in her/his absence or inability to serve. Also controls the GroupMe
Social Media Director
Controlling Instagram and Facebook accounts. Also create media flyers to post on social media.
Set up and control GroupMe. Reaching out and connecting to different organizations (alongside President and Vice President). Reaching out to potential new members.
Organizing location and logistics needed for event set up. Understanding who to talk to for each logistical issue; SG background is helpful, but not needed.
Secretary will take all meeting notes. The Treasurer shall receive all monies of Kulanu; shall keep an accurate record of receipts and expenditures; pay out local funds in accordance with the approved budget as authorized by the organization. The Treasurer shall present a financial statement at every meeting of Kulanu and at other times when requested by the President or Vice President.
Israel Educators (2 people)
This position acts as proxy between multiple pro-Israel organizations as well as focusing on Israel advocacy and leadership through Kulanu. This person would be involved in executive board meetings, overseeing and creating a curriculum for an Israel leadership development cohort, and assisting board members as needed.
Religious Life Committee
This committee will work together with the UF Hillel professionals to develop a vision for Jewish religious life at UF and ensure diverse, vibrant opportunities for Jewish religious practice on campus.
Positions include Directors (as listed below) as well as Assistant Directors for each category.
General Committee Expectations
Participate in committee meetings every 2-3 weeks
Regularly attend Friday night Shabbat services and dinner
Collaborate with UF Hillel staff, committee directors and assistant directors to realize the vision of the Religious Life Committee and serve as an ambassador for religious Jewish life at UF
Supervising directors and maintaining accountability for activities and responsibilities of the larger committee; in partnership with UF Hillel staff, guide establishing and implementing religious life at Hillel.
Responsibilities may include but are not limited to serving as the primary liaison to the student body for religious life, coordinating with Hillel staff to implement programs, and offering mentorship to Directors and Assistant Directors.
Prepare agendas and lead meetings every 2-3 weeks with Religious Life Committee.
Director of Reform Jewish Life
Develop and implement a vision of Reform Jewish life in partnership with other student leaders and Hillel professionals.
Responsibilities may include but are not limited to serving as the primary liaison to the student body for Reform life and coordinating Friday night service leaders and student participation.
Director of Conservative Jewish Life
Develop and implement a vision of Conservative Jewish life in partnership with other student leaders and Hillel professionals.
Responsibilities may include but are not limited to serving as the primary liaison to the student body for Conservative life and coordinating Friday night service leaders and student participation.
Director of Orthodox Jewish Life
Develop and implement a vision of Orthodox Jewish life in partnership with other student leaders and Hillel professionals.
Responsibilities may include but are not limited to serving as the primary liaison to the student body for Orthodox life and coordinating service leaders and minyan participation.
Director of Shabbat
Coordinate Shabbat evening rituals (MC for the evening, candle lighting before services, kiddush & hamotzi leaders) and occasional Havdallah experiences.
Develop and implement a vision of the overall Shabbat experience in partnership with other student leaders and Hillel professionals. Program examples include themed Shabbatot, speakers, after-dinner programs.
Director of Holidays
Develop and implement a vision for the Jewish holiday religious programming in partnership with other student leaders and Hillel professionals.
Responsibilities may include helping service leaders with student participation in High Holidays, organizing tashlich, developing Sukkot and Simchat Torah programs, coordinating student Megillah readers, and planning Tu B’Shvat and Passover seders.
Spread Cream Cheese Not Hate Directors
Founded in January 2020 by UF Hillel, Spread Cream Cheese Not Hate® is an awareness and educational campaign to combat antisemitism and all forms of hate at the University of Florida and in our communities. All students, faculty, alumni, families and community members are invited to sign the pledge, thereby committing to combat antisemitism and all forms of hate at UF and in our communities.
More information about Bagel Day and Spread Cream Cheese Not Hate® can be found on the UF Hillel website.
Over the past two years, Spread Cream Cheese Not Hate® has grown significantly. We are excited to continue the growth by adding student directors and a student leadership board. Directors will partner with UF Hillel professional staff to enhance the year-round initiative by including a variety of programmatic opportunities. Bagel Day will continue to be the primary event. Directors along will work with UF Hillel professional staff to recruit a student board, and will work together to design and implement our largest Spread Cream Cheese Not Hate® Bagel Day event. This will include logistics, volunteer recruitment, partnership recruitment, and day-of coordination.
Student Ambassadors - Summer B & Fall/Spring Welcome Weeks
Introduce the new freshman class to UF Hillel throughout the Summer, Fall, and Spring Student Ambassador program. As a Student Ambassador you will meet the incoming freshman class through events as well as through individual outreach. You will be responsible for getting to know students one-on-one, planning and conducting tours, Q & A sessions, and social events during Summer B, Fall & Spring Welcome Weeks. You will have the opportunity to let us know if you will be in Gainesville for the Summer, or only during the Fall and Spring semesters.
Student Ambassadors are: Outgoing, Good at building relationships, Familiar with campus, Familiar with Jewish life at UF, Enjoy planning events, and are involved in a variety of opportunities across Hillel and campus.
UF Hillel Student Cabinet
UF Hillel seeks outstanding undergraduates to join the Student Cabinet, an influential group of students who will consult on pressing issues facing Jewish life at the University of Florida. These students will work together as a think tank, meeting every 3-4 weeks to share thier insights, imagine the future of Jewish life at UF, and address the changes facing our community. In consultation with Hillel’s Executive Director and other professionals, cabinet members will play a pivotal role in helping to make the Jewish experience at UF the best it can be.