Hillel

Roy P. and Nan Ans Hillel House

Hillel House

Hillel House is the center of Jewish life at Washington College. It is the home of Washington College Hillel and serves as the hub for student life and academic departments to offer lectures and programs that are of specific interest to our Jewish students and the community broadly.

Hillel House, located at 313 Washington Ave., is adjacent to the College’s main academic campus  and has a large Kosher kitchen for meal preparation and Shabbath dinners. The Hillel House also has large gathering spaces for lectures and student activities.

History and Dedication

Under the leadership of former College President Mitchell B. Reiss and a specially appointed fundraising committee, Washington College created a Hillel House on campus to support a growing and vibrant community of Jewish students. 

Article: ReformJudiasm.org

Hillel House was dedicated on April 27, 2012

Campaign for Hillel

Spanning seven decades of alumni and the Chestertown Havurah, the Campaign for Hillel created and established the Hillel House on the Washington College campus, ensuring that current and future generations of students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and friends would have a place to gather and enjoy vibrant programming and activities that celebrate Jewish life. In addition to providing the Roy P. and Nan Ans Hillel House, the campaign and its donors provided for and continue to fund a sustaining endowment for Washington College Hillel. This endowment is critical to the support of ongoing activities, programs, and lectures connected with the Hillel and the Hillel House.

Washington College is extraordinarily grateful to all the donors who helped to establish and continue to support this important component of student life. 

About Washington College Hillel

Washington College Hillel is a student-run organization and an affiliate of Hillel International, the foundation for Jewish campus life at colleges and universities. 

Support Hillel

Washington College is always seeking opportunities to expand the programming and offerings of the Hillel House. Your support is important to the vitality of Jewish life on the Washington College campus and the experience of our students. If you have not already supported this project or the endowment, please consider what you can do to help. Susie Chase, vice president for Advancement, Alumni Affairs and Constituent Engagement, will be happy to talk with you about a gift at any time. She can be reached by phone at 800-422-1782, ext. 7811, or by email at schase2@washcoll.edu. In the meantime, please know how grateful we are for your interest in Hillel at Washington College.

Get in Touch With Us

The group involved in the dedication ceremony poses in front of the Hillel House.The group involved in the dedication ceremony poses in front of the Hillel House.

If you wish to learn more about the Hillel House or Hillel Club on campus, feel free to contact the Office of Intercultural Affairs.

Hillel House: 410-556-6657

Message From the Chair


President Mitchell Reiss presented a dedication plaque to Roy P. and Nan Ans.President Mitchell Reiss presented a dedication plaque to Roy P. and Nan Ans.Since its dedication in 2012, the Hillel House has made a significant impact on campus and in the Chestertown community. Student membership continues to grow with strong leadership in place. Gifts to the Hillel House have successfully provided for most of the renovations, programming, and activities not only for our Jewish students, but for a good number of supportive and interested faculty, staff, classmates, and friends.

Spanning several decades, the list of donors continues to grow. We are immensely grateful to everyone who has participated in this project so far. Gifts and pledges to the project now stand at more $246,039.22 toward our $350,000 goal. Additional gifts to the Hillel House will support the endowment of this project to ensure that future generations of alumni, faculty, staff, and friends will enjoy the same vibrant programming and activities offered today.

If you have not already supported this project, I encourage you to consider what you can do to help. Susie Chase, vice president for College Advancement, will be happy to talk with you about a gift to the Hillel House endowment. She can be reached by phone at 800-422-1782, ext. 7811, or by email at schase2@washcoll.edu. In the meantime, please know how grateful we are for your interest in Hillel at Washington College.

With best regards,

Roy P. Ans ’63, M.D.