Current Hillel Procedures

We are committed to keeping our students safe.

What's not changing this fall?


Our mission remains the same (and as important as ever): We are committed to empowering and inspiring students to pursue their own Jewish journeys by creating strong communities and transformative experiences.




Will the Malcolm Rosenberg Hillel Center remain open?


As of August 25, our Hillel Center remains open for closed Shabbats, studying, small group programming, and our learning fellowships. Our commitment to the health, safety, and wellbeing of our students and staff is our priority, and we will continue to practice social distancing. Our staff has been hard at work bringing safe and innovative ways to build community outside and online along with inside our building. Every individual must fill out a COVID-19 questionnaire prior to entering and must wear a mask while not eating or drinking.




What types of programming and engagement will be taking place?


  • Our plan for the Fall is to focus on a Hybrid Engagement Strategy, allowing for meaningful and impactful programming to take place online and in-person. Our Engagement staff are offering double the amount of Fellowships this year with each program offering a session completely online and a session that offers meeting in-person every other week while the off week is online.
  • We will allow for LIMITED in-person outdoor gatherings at the discretion of the staff member, as long as health and safety protocols are followed.
  • Our High Holiday programming will include in-person and virtual experiences




What are the health and safety protocols for in-person gatherings?


  • All participants must wear a mask and keep a physical distance of at least 6 feet from others.
  • Participants must have their temperature taken upon arrival, and those who show a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be asked to return home to prevent exposure to other participants.
  • Programs will require RSVPs in advance and attendance will be limited to ensure physical distancing is possible.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided.




What other opportunities will be available for students?


Besides our learning fellowships and Shabbat dinners we will continue to strengthen our Jewish communities and providing critical support to our students during this unusual time by offering unique programs and micro-communities. These may include:

  • Online learning sessions
  • Virtual hangouts
  • Cooking classes
  • Drive-In Movie viewing
  • Learning a new language
  • Hiking the New River Valley area




How do I stay up to date with Hillel happenings?


Follow our social media platforms and check out our main page - www.hillelatvirginiatech.org or email us at office@hillelvt.org to get more involved Here is a list of all our social media channels:




I have some questions and/or concerns that I’d love to discuss with a staff member. Who should I reach out to?


Please email Hillel at Virginia Tech's Assistant Director, Grant Bigman, and he will make sure to connect you with the right person!





While this situation is unprecedented in modern history, Jewish tradition is rich with stories of adapting and evolving to changing situations. We have demonstrated resilience and overcome adversity for nearly 4,000 years. With our students coming back to campus, Hillel needs to be stronger than ever to help them live their Jewish values and make their own Jewish memories. 

Please click here to read Virginia Tech's official Coronavirus updates.

We are here for our students, now more than ever.

Weekly Remote Programming

Socially Distant In-Person Programming