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Alumni/ae Programs at MIT

Leading Jewish Minds @ MIT faculty luncheons were initiated in the 2010-2011 academic year for MIT faculty, staff, and local alumni. The highly successful program has included talks by:

  • John M. Deutch '61, PhD '66, Institute Professor: "Correcting the Shortcomings of US Energy Policy, 1973-2010"
  • Sara Seager, Class of 1941 Professor of Planetary Science, Professor of Physics, and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics: "Exoplanets and the Search for Habitable Worlds"
  • Robert C. Merton, Distinguished Professor of Finance, MIT Sloan School and Nobel Laureate – Economics 1997: "SeLFIES: A Globally Applicable Bond Innovation to Improve Retirement Funding, Support Infrastructure Development and Lower Government Financing Cost and Risk"
  • Laura Schulz, Professor of Cognitive Science and Principal Investigator of Early Childhood Cognition Lab: "What really matters: Children's inferences about learning, trying, and caring"
  • Robert Weinberg '64, PhD '69: “What Our DNA Tells Us About Our Origins: Origins of Humanity and Origins of Ashkenazi Jews”

Please contact Hillel for more information on upcoming Leading Jewish Minds @ MIT luncheons.

During COVID-19, LJM became virtual so people from all over the world could tune in and watch Leading Jewish Minds @ Home over Zoom. Recordings from past Zoom events can be found here.

Commencement Reception

Hillel also hosts an annual Reception for Jewish Alumni/ae every June in conjunction with Commencement. It is generally held on Friday afternoon, immediately after Graduation Exercises. Many alumni/ae also attend Shabbat dinner that evening. If you will be attending the Tech Week reunion activities, please contact Hillel at:

Alumni/ae Connections in the United States

The MIT Hillel Board of Directors has instituted an outreach effort to Jewish alumni/ae living in other parts of North America.

Any alumni/ae interested in hosting a reception in their city should contact Hillel Executive Director Rabbi Michelle Fisher.

Alumni Connections in Israel

More than three hundred MIT alumni/ae live in Israel. The MIT Club of Israel serves as an MIT liaison to this population. Yishai Boasson '04 '07 ( is the club's president. 

The Entrepreneurship Forum Israel (Formerly MIT Enterprise Forum Israel) promotes the formation and growth of innovative and technologically-oriented companies through a series of specialized executive education programs.

Annual Campaign

MIT Hillel depends on the generosity of Jewish alumni/ae for the majority of its annual funding. Alumni/ae have the opportunity to donate directly to MIT Hillel or through a donation, designated to MIT Hillel, to the MIT Alumni/ae Fund. Donate now to MIT Hillel online -- all donations will receive Alumni and Class giving credit.

Opportunities also exist for alumni/ae to sponsor specific Hillel programs. And, it is possible for alumni/ae to remember Hillel in their wills. For information contact Hillel's Executive Director, Rabbi Michelle Fisher.

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MIT Hillel
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Cambridge, MA 02139

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