National Hillel
Basketball Tournament


NEW HEIGHTS,
BRAVER TOGETHER

NEW

HEIGHTS,


BRAVER

TOGETHER

What is NHBT?

In 2010, Rachel Epstein founded the National Hillel Basketball Tournament to bring students together around the inclusive game of basketball. Housed annually at the University of Maryland, the small event quickly ballooned into one of the largest gatherings of Hillel students in the country. The 2019 tournament attracted 1,500 students for a weekend of excitement, Judaism, and competition for the prized ‘Kiddush Cup.’  

NHBT strengthens the Jewish community. As college students, we’re all navigating our Jewish identities. Our goal is to bring Jews from all backgrounds together, foster unity, and inspire attendees to live active Jewish lives.


This weekend is truly one to be a part of.


Learn more!

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We build the tournament on four core values:

New

Each spring, we strive to make the tournament bigger and better. As new students join our board, they bring their fresh perspectives and innovative ideas. Our goal for each tournament is to be more exciting and inspiring than the one before.  

Heights

Aside from being the largest inter-collegiate gathering for Hillel students, the tournament is about more than just friendly competition. It is a mechanism for strengthening the Jewish community.

Through making new friends and connections, and enjoying a spiritual Shabbat experience, attendees realize they’re part of something greater than themselves: the next generation of Jewish leaders.

Braver

Adapting our vision to the Covid-19 landscape was no easy task.

After a two-year hiatus, we are thrilled to bring back the tournament with new Covid-19 guidelines to protect the  tournament’s participants. With our courage and passion for the tournament’s mission, we invite you to join our bravery and be part of this spectacular weekend.

Together

What makes a community strong is its ability to support one another. To bring this tournament to life, it takes a team of motivated students, our generous sponsors, and the support of the University of Maryland community.

Above all else, it takes YOU to turn the tournament from idea to reality. With your participation, support and feedback, we build a weekend experience you’ll never forget.


Tournament Information

Held annually during the spring semester at the University of Maryland Hillel, the National Hillel Basketball Tournament is the premier event for athletes who frequent their respective Hillels. The National Hillel Basketball Tournament was founded in 2010 by University of Maryland student Rachel Epstein. Epstein started the tournament to help bring students together around the inclusive and encompassing game of basketball. What started as a small event has quickly ballooned into what is now one of the largest gatherings of Hillel students in the country. The 2019 tournament was the largest one yet, and brought together hundreds of students together for a weekend of events, Judaism, and competition.

The National Hillel Basketball Tournament brings Jewish college students from across the country together for a weekend of sport and community building. Housed annually at the University of Maryland Hillel, the Hillel Basketball Tournament encompasses a memorable weekend where students from Hillel Houses from across the country compete for the prized ‘Kiddush Cup.’ Between the events, activities and basketball games, this weekend is truly one to be a part of.Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros elementum tristique. Duis cursus, mi quis viverra ornare, eros dolor interdum nulla, ut commodo diam libero vitae erat. Aenean faucibus nibh et justo cursus id rutrum lorem imperdiet. Nunc ut sem vitae risus tristique posuere.

What you get

• Shabbat experience
• Weekend accommodations
• Meals from Friday through Sunday lunch
• Apparel:  jersey, shirt, bag, and more!
• Exclusive giveaways
• Get the Kiddush Cup

Join NHBT as a...

Free Agent

Don’t have a team but still want to play? Sign up for the tournament as a free agent! NHBT Board will assign you to a team so you can join the weekend festivities.

Team

Sign up with your friends for a weekend of fierce and fun competition for the Kiddush Cup! Enjoy a Thursday night kick-off event, Shabbat meals and weekend programming.

Fan

Cheer on your friends and enjoy the tournament as an NHBT fan! Sign up for our kick-off event, Shabbat meals, guest speakers, weekend activities and more! 

Included

Team

Sign up with your friends for a weekend of fierce and fun competition for the Kiddush Cup! Enjoy a Thursday night kick-off event, Shabbat meals and weekend programming..

Free Agent

Don’t have a team but still want to play? Sign up for the tournament as a free agent! NHBT Board will assign you to a team so you can join the weekend festivities

Fan

Cheer on your friends and enjoy the tournament as an NHBT fan! Sign up for our kick-off event, Shabbat meals, guest speakers, weekend activities and more! 

Team

Sign up with your friends for a weekend of fierce and fun competition for the Kiddush Cup! Enjoy a Thursday night kick-off event, Shabbat meals and weekend programming.

Free Agent

Don’t have a team but still want to play? Sign up for the tournament as a free agent! NHBT Board will assign you to a team so you can join the weekend festivities.

Fan

Cheer on your friends and enjoy the tournament as an NHBT fan! Sign up for our kick-off event, Shabbat meals, guest speakers, weekend activities and more! 

Included

• Shabbat experience
• Weekend accommodations
• Meals from Friday through Sunday lunch
• Apparel:  jersey, shirt, bag, and more!
• Exclusive giveaways
• The chance to win the Kiddush Cup

FAQs

Have a question that’s not here? Contact us at hilleltournament@gmail.com

Meet the Team

Aliza Posner

Co-Chair

Ayelette Halbfinger

Co-Chair

Zev Traum

Director of Finance

Gabriella Stein

Director of Personnel

Chen Menashe

Campus Recruitment

Aviva Levi

Campus Recruitment

Talia Moshman

Campus Recruitment

Abby Levin

Campus Recruitment

Yonah Hammermish

Business Development

Samantha Ebner

Business Development

Jordan Herling

Business Development

Shyla Cadogan

Events and Attractions

Naomi Rosenbaum

Events and Attractions

Yakir Kanefsky

Events and Attractions

Eric Gulich

Tech Chair

Rami Sloan

Logistics Coordinator

Wendy Kelman

Game Operations

Ayelet Fried

Hospitality

Sara Stein

Marketing

Ori Amiel

Graphic Designer

Team

Aliza Posner

Co-Chair

Ayelette Halbfinger

Co-Chair

Zev Traum

Director of Finance

Gabriella Stein

Director of Personnel

Chen Menashe

Campus Recruitment

Aviva Levi

Campus Recruitment

Talia Moshman

Campus Recruitment

Abby Levin

Campus Recruitment

Yonah Hammermish

Business Development

Samantha Ebner

Business Development

Jordan Herling

Business Development

Shyla Cadogan

Events and Attractions

Naomi Rosenbaum

Events and Attractions

Yakir Kanefsky

Events and Attractions

Eric Gulich

Tech Chair

Rami Sloan

Logistics Coordinator

Wendy Kelman

Game Operations

Ayelet Fried

Hospitality

Sara Stein

Marketing

Ori Amiel

Graphic Designer

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