Welcome, New Gators and Gator Families!

Allow us to be among the first to wish you a huge "mazel tov" on your acceptance to the University of Florida!

Throughout the summer, UF Hillel will be hosting virtual and in-person events to help you learn about UF's Jewish student experience, share opportunities to get involved before and when you get to Gainesville and provide connections for new Jewish Gators and their parents to meet each other.

Above all, we want to get to know you and be a resource to you as you get ready for your first year as a Gator. 

If you are an incoming Jewish Gator or the parent of an incoming Jewish Gator, please share your contact information with the UF Hillel team by completing this form or clicking on the bottom below and we'll make sure you stay up to date on all opportunities for Jewish first-year students. 


 We can't wait to meet you!


Shalom Gator, Summer Sendoff Parties!

UF Hillel's newly launched Shalom Gator initiative seeks to provide information, community, and resources for prospective, admitted, and incoming Jewish Gators and their families. 

Summer Sendoff Parties are hosted at the homes of current Gator families as regional welcome gatherings. These parties are fun and informal opportunities for new students and parents to meet each other, connect with current Gator families, get to know some of the UF Hillel staff, ask questions about campus life, and learn about UF's Jewish student community -- all before new Gators even arrive in Gainesville.


Sunday, June 13, 2021 | 4 PM

Home of Rabbi Amy Amy & Kevin Radner

Delray Beach, FL

Monday, June 14, 2021 | 7 PM

Home of Mark Rousso & Deborah Kuluva

Davie, FL

Sunday, July 18, 2021 | 4 PM

Miami, FL

*RSVP and host information coming soon


Open Houses at UF Hillel

Will you be in Gainesville to move in? Stop by one of our open houses to learn more about Hillel from current students and staff. We will keep this list of dates updated throughout the summer. We are located at 2020 W. University Ave, Gainesville, Florida 32603 - get directions and parking information here!

Thursday, June 24, 2021

11 AM - 2 PM

Friday, June 25, 2021

11 AM - 2 PM

Saturday, June 25, 2021

11 AM - 2 PM

Sunday, June 26, 2021

11 AM - 2 PM

Can't make it any of these times? Contact Nicole Vitt (nvitt@ufhillel.org) to schedule a tour!

Summer 2021 in Gainesville

What's happening at Hillel this summer?

Hillel Open House (more information above)

June 24th - June 27th, 11 AM - 2 PM

Get the Scoop on Hillel

Wednesday, June 30th, 6PM - 8PM


Summer Shabbat Dinner

Friday, July 2nd, 6PM


Coffee Hours

Tuesday, July 6th, 11AM - 2PM

Opus at Innovation


Summer Shabbat Dinner

Friday, July 9th, 6PM


Summer Field Day on Norman Field

Thursday, July 15th, 5PM


Summer Shabbat Dinner

Friday, July 16th, 6PM