Hey! What events does Hillel host during Orientation?


During Orientation Week for first year students, Hillel sponsors three major events to introduce incoming students to Jewish life at Cornell. The first event is Freshman Fest, a pre-orientation camp out the day before move-in. The second event is the Shabbat Dinner Experience hosted in the Robert Purcell Community Center on North Campus during the first evening of Orientation Week. And lastly, the final event during the week is a FREE barbecue outside Balch Hall on North Campus hosting nearly a thousand students.

Balch Lawn BBQ


Nearly a thousand students converge on Balch Lawn in North Campus for a fantastic free BBQ featuring a live DJ!



Welcome to

Cornell Hillel Orientation

The perfect introduction to Jewish life at Cornell University




Shabbat Dinner


Join hundreds of new students and families for an evening filled with delicious Kosher food, an exciting a cappella performance, and interesting conversation!

Freshman Fest


A pre-orientation camping trip that will give you and 70 other incoming students the perfect introduction to life at Cornell!