MazalWAKE: The WFU Jewish Pre-Orientation

MazalWake campers bowling

MazalWAKE is a fun, three-day pre-orientation to college and to Jewish life at Wake Forest.

Once you move into your residence hall on Sunday, you and your parents are invited to a Bagel Brunch at Hillel, where parents and students get to know each other. Then the students will head off with the Hillel leaders for a day full of exciting activities.

The relaxed nature of MazalWAKE allows for a smooth transition into college life, as students remain on campus for the majority of the three days, becoming well acquainted with each other and their new home.

A great way to get to know the campus and make friends before school starts, MazalWAKE is a life-changing experience that allows students and parents alike to feel welcomed into the Wake Forest, and Jewish, community.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Gail Bretan, the director of Jewish life, at, or Jessie Birnbaum, the student chair of MazalWAKE, at Additional information, including participant testimonials, can be found at

MazalWAKE is the perfect way to get to know your new school, form an instant friend group and learn about Jewish life on campus and in the Winston-Salem community. Activities led by Hillel student leaders include a challah French toast breakfast, a tour of the campus, a bowling night, a milkshake dinner with the dean of students and lunches with Jewish faculty members and their families.

Cost: $350*
Early Bird Application Deadline: July 15
After July 15, the cost increases to $450
When: August 18-20
Sponsored by: WFU Office of Jewish Life (part of Chaplain’s Office) and Hillel

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*price subject to change