About

George Mason Hillel is the Center for Jewish Campus Life at George Mason University. Hillel may be reached at (703) 993-3321 or via e-mail at hillel@gmu.edu. Hillel is located in the Johnson Center 239H

Hillel provides a wide range of programs and services from social to religious. In addition, as a Jewish resource center we have information on trips to Israel, Jewish periodicals, and much, much more. If you have questions or are interested in becoming a part of the George Mason Hillel please give us a call or stop by the office in Johnson Center 239H. We’re always glad to meet new people.

Vision/Mission

  • Our vision is that every Jewish student makes an enduring commitment to Jewish life, and our primary goal is to significantly increase the number of Jewish students who have meaningful Jewish experiences.
  • Hillel’s mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.

Staff:

Rabbi Joshua Ackerman, Executive Director

Email: jackerm2@gmu.edu

Rabbi Joshua Ackerman grew up in Dallas, Texas, one of four children in a house that valued Jewish education and communal life. He attended Jewish day school through sixth grade, and regularly led services in his family’s congregation, where he was also an active leader in his youth group. He left Texas for Rutgers University, where he studied Conservation Ecology. Hillel was the most important aspect of his time at Rutgers, where he found and become a part of a vibrant student-led Jewish life. In his senior year, he participated in a student-organized advocacy trip to Israel, which inspired him to return for several extended stays over the next few years.

After two years living in Jerusalem and studying at the Conservative Yeshiva, he began his rabbinic education at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he also completed a Masters in Jewish Education. Throughout his undergraduate and rabbinic education, he spent his summers at Camp Ramah; from the Berkshires to the Rockies, and most recently, Palmer, MA.

He began his rabbinate in Arlington, Virginia, serving as Assistant Rabbi and Director of Jewish Education. Attending his first meeting of the local Education Directors Council, he met Debra, and the two married in the Spring of 2015. Their growing family includes two kids, two beagles, and a baby on the way. He enjoys an occasional bike ride, spending time outdoors, and an excellent cup of coffee.

Rabbi Ackerman is thrilled to begin his work at George Mason University Hillel, where he plans on building upon the recent growth and success of the last few years. Partnering with students and the larger community, he knows that GMU Hillel will continue to grow and engage student in Jewish life on campus.