UF Hillel

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A 2012 Forbes article asks, “what role did cultural and religious heritage play, and more importantly, what have we as Jewish change-makers learnt from the entrepreneurial narrative of the Jewish people?” Three overarching principles emerged:


  • Inherent in the Jewish psyche is the desire not just to dream up an idea, but more importantly, act upon it.

  • Jewish entrepreneurs compared to non-Jewish counterparts are more deeply committed to tzedakah (charity) and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world).

  • By understanding the faith’s historical narrative of persecution and renewal, Jews are guided to take care of each other and humanity.


Because Gainesville houses the largest Jewish student population in the country, combined with a growing local startup community, UF Hillel and The Selling Factory have partnered to help students learn, entrepreneurs grow, and companies flourish and while integrating  Jewish values of tzedakah into their professional lives.  To learn more emails us at info@Ufhillel.org

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