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Mazel tov and congratulations on your decision to attend UCF, Valencia, Full Sail or Seminole State and welcome to the family!


Registration is NOW OPEN for those who wish to still participate in Fresh Fest and we would love for you to join us! However, we can no longer register students - who have signed up after August 3rd, 2022 - for early move in on Wednesday, August 17th. DM us for any questions!

Fresh Fest is our yearly new Jewish student orientation, hosted by Hillel and run by our student leaders. The goal of this program is to help Jewish students like you acclimate to college, especially with such a large campus like UCF. Fresh Fest was finally brought to us in 2019 after successful iterations of the program had been run at schools throughout the country over the last twenty years.


This year, you will move in on Wednesday, August 17th with programming starting the afternoon of Thursday, August 18th and concluding with Shabbat dinner on Friday, August 19th. Your family is also welcome to join us for our Thursday afternoon Israeli BBQ before we move into student only programming. Meet some of your best friends over the course of these few days and get ready for the start of an amazing school year!


  • Move in Early. Avoid the craziness and move in a day before everyone else!

  • Learn the ins and outs of campus before classes start in a personalized golfcart tour on our Jewber!

  • Connect with your Jewish self

  • Receive a unique 2022 Fresh Fest T-shirt!

  • Get paired with a Gadol (Big) who will show you the ropes of college through our Gadol Katan program

  • First opportunity to become a student leader

  • Creating ever lasting friendships at beginning of college!

Fresh Fest Perks

Tentative Fresh Fest 2022 Schedule 

Wednesday August 17 

  •  Move in

  • Optional Hillel tours ​

Thursday August 18 ​

  • 12:00 - Family Israeli BBQ at Hillel

  • 1:00 - Student Icebreakers

  • 1:00 - Parent info session

  • 1:30 - Q&A with Madrichim

  • FREE TIME - Freshen Up

  • 7:00 - Night activity at Hillel​

Friday August 19 

  •  10:00 - Bagels @ Hillel

  • 12:00 Trampoline Park

  • 6:00 Kabbalat Shabbat

  • 6:30 - Schoomzing hour​

  • 7:30 - Shabbat Dinner

*Madrichim = student leaders

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