Companionship, Cuisine, and Culture

FreshFest with Hillel

Group of students hiking on trail by waterfall

Explore one of Ithaca's natural wonders

Students will break into groups of 10 and explore the natural wonders of Ithaca while building community, new friendships, and playing everyone's favorite... Jewish geography! All activities will be Shabbat and Yom-Tov friendly, and offer delicious Kosher and Kosher-style food, as well as celebrating the Jewish Holidays, of course! (For Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur service Schedule, please visit Hillel's website.)

Students will have two meals in and around Hillel's "Sukkah City", and in-between walk over three miles to Buttermilk Falls. 

  • Meet new friends and make community connections that will last throughout your years at College
  • Participate in a reflection exercise and meaningful small-group discussion opportunities.
  • Celebrate High Holidays, Sukkot and Shabbat in the beautiful natural settings of upstate New York!

Students should be able to safely walk for at least 4 miles. Life threatening allergies/medical conditions should be able to be managed in the field. Students need to bring a water bottle, any life saving medications, PPE, clothing appropriate for the weather and a rain coat, small backpack to carry their gear and snacks.

Program Logistics

  • New students can participate in the FreshFest program on September 26 or October 3 and all meals will happen around Hillel's Sukkahs!  Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services and programs can be found on Hillel's website.
  • The program runs from 10:00am to 6:00pm. (Tentative)
  • Brunch and an afternoon meal will be served.
  • Program will take place outdoors, hiking on the Buttermilk Falls State Park trails and streets leading to the falls.
  • Face coverings are required.
  • There is no cost for this program.

Sign up for the online alternative program!