Maryland Hillel is home to a wide variety of Jews with lots of different Jewish backgrounds. Many religious events are a collaboration among the three main religious communities at Maryland: Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox. Each community also hosts its own events, which are typically open to all students.
Ruach: The Reform Community at UMD
Ruach is an exciting, spirited community of Reform, secular, progressive, and/or liberal Jews on the UMD College Park Campus. We pray together, play together, learn together, and eat together. Join us for Shabbat services, havdalah programs, and social events of all kinds.
Ometz: The Conservative Community at UMD
Ometz is the conservative, traditional egalitarian Jewish group at UMD Hillel. We provide meaningful opportunities to connect religiously, intellectually, and culturally with Judaism through singing and dancing, lively services, learning, social events, and lots of food. Our goal is to make our community a welcoming, inclusive, passionate and fun environment for all who want to join.
Kedma: The Orthodox Community at UMD
Kedma is the Orthodox Jewish community at the University of Maryland. One of the largest and most active Orthodox Jewish communities on any college campus, our goal is to provide a warm and friendly atmosphere, daily minyanim, learning opportunities, and a panoply of social events.
Not sure which community is right for you? All the more reason to experiment! Check out our handy guide to Friday night services at Hillel, or stop by an event to get to know the members of the community. Many students also feel at home in more than one community, and regularly attend events hosted all sorts of student groups. Learn more about student groups at Hillel here.