covid-19 building & program update

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. For Shabbat, students may opt for a Shabbat-to-Go dinner box or they may host Shabbat in their home, for up to 5 people. 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

Shabbat at msu hillel 

We will be offering two options for Shabbat during the Fall 2020 semester: 

Shabbat To-Go and Shabbat @ Home! 

Shabbat To-Go

Celebrate Shabbat in the comfort and safety of your home! All Shabbat-to-Go participants will receive a Shabbat Kit during their first pick-up and a delicious home cooked meal to go. ( 

Shabbat @ Home

Host Shabbat @ Home! Cook and host your own meal and get reimbursed for your groceries, for up to 5 people. Launching September 25, 2020.


We gratefully acknowledge the Shirlye (z'l) and Peter (z'l) Helman Shabbat Dinner Fund and the Ryan Rosman (z'l) Leadership Fund for support of Hillel's Shabbat Meal Program. 



Enjoy all of your brunch favorites - to go! Stop by Hillel to grab bagels, lox, kugel, brownies, fresh fruit and more. Masks must be worn at all times. We gratefully acknowledge the Sheri and David Jaffa Sunday Brunch Endowment for leadership support of monthly brunches.



Brunch Dates: September 13 / October 11 / November 15

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