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The Jewish calendar marks special times of the week, month, and year, and our calendar includes a uniquely ‘MIT’ take on Jewish holidays. Alongside traditional services and meals for Shabbat and holidays, we also pit Purim against Hanukkah with a ‘Latke vs Hamentaschen Debate’, celebrate Israeli Independence Day with a very-scientific approach to Hummus, consider the neurological effects of playing dreidel, and honor Purim with the mysterious Shushan Associates.

With all of our holidays, and with Shabbat, we encourage and support students in leading their own meals, rituals, discussions, and more. 


  • Hillel’s goal is that you have satisfying Jewish experiences while you are at MIT. That’s why we have a Jew It Yourself program that supports students in hosting their own Shabbat and holiday events...
  • Shabbat is an important time for MIT’s Jews to get together. Students reconnect around dinner time for hors d’oeuvres and conversation, to hear from the student board what to expect in coming weeks,...
  • Whether a person is religious or not, Rosh Hashanah is a useful day to take stock. Though every moment is a moment that stands between the past and the future, there are some moments when we become...
  • Supplies Do you need a Chanukah Menorah or candles in preparation for Chanukah? Stop by Hillel during business hours to pick up your supplies! Free for MIT students. Lighting Candles in the Dorms...
  • An annual MIT tradition since 2003 and an occasional tradition before that, each team of prominent scholars presents an argument in favor of their respective food. Following the debate, votes are...
  • We had such a great time celebrating Sukkot in our Sukkah with everyone this year! 
  • We at MIT Hillel have compiled a list of helpful resources to help you connect virtually and have a meaningful Passover experience while maintaining social distancing. We wish everyone a healthy and...
  • Purim is a joyous community holiday. Please visit our Facebook page for more Purim programming! Megillah Reading Hosted by MIT Orthodox Minyan Parties Mishloach Manot or Gifts for Friends Hosted by...
  • Anna Ornstein shared her story of survival for Yom Hashoa 2015 and answered questions from members of the MIT Comminuty. The video is available here.
  • The MIT Hummus Experience began in 2008. It's a celebration of creativity and all things hummus. Teams create their own flavors and are judged by the entire MIT community. In conjunction with the...

MIT Hillel

Phone: 617-253-2982

MIT Hillel
Muriel and Norman B. Leventhal
Center for Jewish Life

40 Massachusetts Ave, Building W11
Cambridge, MA 02139

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