August 5, 2020

As we navigate uncharted waters during the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to share how Hillel will be operating for students when they arrive this fall. We have worked very hard over the summer to provide a safe space, following guidance from the CDC, state and local regulations and Michigan State University recommendations. Our plan is a living document that will evolve as we continue to evaluate best practices and adapt to new information and guidance. 


Our building will be open by appointment Monday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (we will be open for students who need to use our printers during this time or for students meeting with staff). The building will be open for studying and meetings from Monday through Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Students can expect to wear masks in the building at all times. There will be socially distanced study areas, and snack packs and bottled water will be available upon arrival in the building. Temperatures will be taken, and students will have to sign-in to allow for contact tracing should it become necessary.


We plan to tent our parking lot during September to allow for outdoor programming and Shabbat dinners. Students will have the option to enjoy Shabbat dinner at two seating times, until we reach our smaller capacity limits, or they may opt for a Shabbat-to-Go dinner box. In person dining will be based on a reservation system with assigned seating. Friday night services will be held outside, weather permitting. Monthly Sunday Brunch will be offered on a to-go basis. High Holiday services this year will be offered virtually. More details will follow.

A hybrid strategy for fall events and activities will offer virtual participation options to students, limit frequency and size of face-to-face interactions, and leverage alternatives (e.g. outdoor spaces) to promote physical distancing as much as possible. 

All in person programs will end when Thanksgiving break commences. Virtual programming will take place for the remaining few weeks of the fall semester.


Our professional team, student leaders, and I look forward to connecting with your student. We will do everything we can to provide a warm and caring community with innovative programming for them this fall. If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at or 517.332.1916.


Wishing you and your family good health in the year ahead,




Cindy Hughey

Executive Director

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