Student Leadership Opportunities

UNC Hillel will be offering two main involvement opportunities for the Spring 2017-Fall 2017 year: The Hillel Leadership Team and the Nesiya Fellowship. 

Leadership Team
     Programming Team
         Team Position Descriptions
         Programming Team Application HERE
     Engagement Team
         Engagement Team Application HERE
Nesiya Fellowship
     Nesiya Fellowship Application HERE

UNC Hillel Involvement Opportunities

Hillel Leadership Team

Programming Team


  • Working with a team to plan and run all Hillel programs

    • There will be an opt-out system, so not every person will work on every program

  • Each team member will have a specific position (i.e. Tzedek Chair, Interfaith Chair, Israel Chair, FYSH Chair, Holocaust Education Chair, Religious Chair, Week of Welcome Chair, etc.) which will determine which programs they are in charge of

  • 3-5 hour-a-week commitment

  • 2+ team meetings a month

A great candidate...

  • Thinks creatively to plan innovative programs

  • Works well with a team

  • Is passionate about the Jewish community

  • Wants their leadership skills to grow and evolve

  • Seeks experience leading the Jewish community

Programming Team Position Descriptions Here!

Programming Team Application Here!

"What Hillel programming will I be responsible for?"
The programming team is responsible for planning all programs except for Shabbat dinner and services (unless there is a special collaboration) and High Holiday services. There are a few other exceptions that may come up during the year that are staff-lead initiatives. Each programming team member will have a chair position, which determines what types of programs they are responsible for planning. Some chairs have ongoing programs they must plan. For example, the Holocaust Education Chair must plan Reading of the Names and the Israel Chair must plan IsraelFest. However, these chairs also have the opportunity to innovate and plan new programs, just as the other chair positions do.

"Who will lead the program planning?"
You will! The programming team will have a President, but when the team is working on a program aligned with your chair position, you are in charge!

"Will I be working on every program?"
Nope. As chair, you will be responsible for running your programs and also helping out with programs that the other chairs are working on. However, there will be an opt-out system, which allows you to opt out of working on a certain number of programs each semester (number TBD by team President) so you do not get overloaded.

"What are the chair positions?"
The current chair positions are Tzedek Chair, Interfaith Chair, Israel Chair, FYSH Chair, Holocaust Education Chair, Religious Chair, Week of Welcome Chair, and Israel Chair. These chair positions are determined by the incoming Programming President and are subject to change. The new positions will be announced shortly after elections (Nov 15th) and will be released with the Leadership Team application. The President will be open to chair position suggestions, so feel free to share ideas!


Engagement Team


  • 2 team trainings a month in community organizing and relationship-based engagement

  • Engaging students at 2 Shabbats and 1 Hillel program a month

  • Taking students out on coffee dates

  • Recruiting students to assist the programming team

  • 3-5 hour-a-week commitment

A great candidate...

  • Is passionate about community organizing and/or seeks to learn community organizing skills

  • Enjoys meeting new people and hearing their stories!

  • Is interested in deepening the Jewish experience at UNC

  • Wants their engagement skills to grow and evolve

  • Seeks experience in Jewish organizing

Engagement Team Application Here!

"What is Relationship-Based Engagement?"
Relationship-Based Engagement is the act of reaching others, getting to know them, and connecting with them on the basis of their interests, ambitions, and passions. We will be combining this with community organizing methods to deepen relationship and build connections between people.

"Why is Engagement important?"
Engagement helps students feel more connected to the Jewish community, as though they have a pathway (you!) directly to it. Engagement also ensures that students are always being spoken to at programs and gives you the tools to connect them with other students and with their Jewish interests. Community organizing allows us to empower students to follow their passions collectively, as a community.

"Will I be responsible for attending every Hillel program?"
While we would love to see your shining face at every program, attending every program is not required. As an engagement chair, you will be responsible for engaging at 2 Shabbats a month and 1 other program. These numbers are guidelines for the Engagement President, so they are subject to change.  

Hillel Nesiya Fellowship

This fellowship aims to engage students who have expressed interest in becoming active in Jewish life on campus. The fellowship offers them a relationship-based experience that meets them where they are and actively inspires them to grow as Jews and Jewish leaders. In honor of fellows' commitment to their Jewish journey, they will be given a stipend of $500 which can be used in connection with anything related to their Jewish lives (i.e. Birthright expenses, books, ritual objects, Jewish summer experiences, etc.).

This cohort will consist of 5-6 fellows focused on Jewish living and learning.


  • 2-3 hour-a-week commitment

  • 2 cohort meetings a month

  • 2 individual meetings a month

  • Attendance at Shabbat prayer/dinner at least once a month

  • Attendance at another Hillel class/program at least once a month

  • Engagement project (1 per semester) in which fellows will plan an event of Jewish interest (with the help of the Senior Jewish Educator/Rabbi) to engage a group of her/his Jewish friends.

A great candidate...

  • Is curious about Jewish ideas and practice and growing as a Jew

  • Wants to get more involved in Jewish life on campus

  • Has important questions about her/his personal theology, Jewish identity, Jewish practice

  • Welcomes the chance to learn and share openly with a small group over the course of one year

  • Seeks experience leading the Jewish community



"Am I Jewish enough or do I have enough Jewish experience to participate in this fellowship?"
This is experience is all about meeting you where you are on your Jewish journey.  All “levels” of Jewish observance, knowledge, and identity are welcomed in this experience.  All that is required is that you be committed to personal reflection, willing to share those reflections with your cohort, and genuinely interested in growing as a Jew.

“What will be my role at Hillel programs?”
Your role is simply to participate fully in the things you are committed to: individual meetings with the rabbi, cohort meetings, Hillel events and classes, “Shabbat” at Hillel, etc.  With respect to the engagement project which fellows will create each semester, you will be the creator and convener but you will receive all the support you need from the rabbi.

“Is this experience more individual or more about sharing my Jewish journey with others?”
It is both!  We can only share what we truly know for ourselves.  So, this experience aims to build the knowledge and experience of the invidividual with the hopes that s/he will feel inspired to share her/his journey with others.

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210 West Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 942-4057

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