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Explore Judaism in a way that is meaningful to you.

We are students, staff, and lay leaders dedicated to providing a welcoming, pluralistic, and inclusive atmosphere on campus. Pluralism is always at the core of what we do, and we recognize that there is not just one way to "be Jewish." Students come from diverse backgrounds and beliefs. Our goal is to provide opportunities for students to explore their Judaism in a way that is meaningful to them.

Student Led.

Staff Mentored.

Donor Supported.

Florida State University is home to nearly 4000 Jewish students. Hillel at FSU and the other strong campus-based Jewish organizations like AIPAC, Mishelanu, Yehudi, and Chabad provide diverse opportunities for making Jewish choices while being a student at FSU. One out of every five FSU students participates in Greek life. In an effort to foster meaningful Jewish connections within these social circles, Hillel partners with fraternities and sororities to empower students to be Greek and Jewish.

Get to Know Us

The mission of Hillel at FSU is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so they may enrich their community and the world.

Jesse Feld

Jesse Feld brings over eight years of experience working in the Jewish communal field. He most recently served as President and CEO of the Richmond Jewish Foundation. Additionally, he has served as the Director of Development at the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond. His accomplishments include creating and implementing a leadership development course for young professionals, producing innovative engagement strategies, and leading fundraising efforts spanning from Annual Campaign, and supplemental projects as well as soliciting legacy and endowment gifts. Jesse experienced many leadership development projects, including graduating from the Jewish Federation of North America's Fundraising University program and the Jewish Theological Seminary's Jewish Experiential Leadership Institute (Southeast cohort). Jesse received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and earned his Master’s in Public Administration from Ohio University. After growing up in Memphis, TN, and living in Richmond, VA for the past seven years, Jesse is thrilled to move to Tallahassee with his wife and toddler.

Brian Pelc

Brian Pelc is joining FSU Hillel as Assistant Director after 12 years of Tikkun Olam in the Florida Panhandle working for The Nature Conservancy. Meanwhile, Brian’s Jewish Journey unfolded at Tallahassee’s Temple Israel where he taught in the religious school and youth group and learned from rabbis and local Jewish academics, led services for Shabbat, High Holidays and B’nai Mitzvah as soloist and created new Jewish music with the local Jewish Southern Folk band, Bagels and Biscuits. Brian, his wife, Melanie and son Josh share their home with a bunch of chickens, ducks, sheep and 3 house cats. Brian believes improving the world is so critical and that can happen in the big woods of Florida and in the community of Jews who are exploring culture, tradition and spiritual connection. Go Noles!

Mission, Vision & Values

Our promise to you.



We, the student board members of Hillel at FSU, affirm that we are not a political advocacy organization. Hillel International 'envisions a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.' As such, we will continue, as student Seminoles, 'to enrich the lives of Jewish students so they may enrich their community and the world.'​