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Our Purpose

Purdue Hillel enriches Purdue University and the greater Lafayette community by welcoming, inspiring, and empowering each person to be proud of their connection to meaningful Jewish life and by actively creating, connecting, leading, serving, and celebrating ongoing experiences to help foster a kinder and more empathetic world.

Our Core Values

Jewish Peoplehood

Sharing experiences, aspirations, values, and purpose while nurturing the balance

in being distinctively Jewish and universally human.

All Jews are responsible for one and other. (Babylonian Talmud, Shevuot 39a)

Inclusion

Radically intentional about accessibility and belonging, treating every person with the utmost care and respect.

Do not disparage anyone, and do not shun anything. (Pirkei Avot 4:3)

Education

Fostering a passion for curiosity and learning and ensuring that the Next Giant Leaps offered at Purdue are mirrored in our Jewish experiences.

These and those are both the way of God. (Babylonian Talmud, Eruvin 13b)

Integrity

Open, honest, authentic, and ongoing transparency in how we communicate and gather

while empowering one another to always do what is just and right.

In a place where there is no humanity, strive to be human. (Pirkei Avot 2:5)

Joyful Judaism

Vibrant and energetic celebration in worship, ritual, culture, history, and marking Jewish milestones together.

There is no commandment to be joyous, but joy can bring on the greatest mitzvot. (Rabbi Aharon of Karlin)

Our Statement of Belonging

Purdue Hillel is a place to explore Judaism and Jewishness and is a safe space where we welcome and affirm every person for their whole self. Inclusion is our superpower. There is no place here for discrimination against any person based on their religion or religious practice, citizenship or nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, race, age, neurodiversity, appearance, disability or impairment, social class, or any other aspect of what makes them the unique and irreplaceable human being they are.