Tree of Life Congregation
Tree of Life


Welcome To West Virginia University Hillel

The WVU Hillel House is located at 1420 University Avenue.

Please visit our web page at

We look forward to welcoming you to our community.

Richard Gutmann
Executive Director

Contact Richard at 304.685.1561 or at:

Tree of Life Congregation (Reform) was incorporated in 1922 as Tree of Life Community Center. Our first permanent rabbi was Dr. Alfred Jospe in 1940. Briefly detained in the German Sachsenhausen concentration camp, Jospe emigrated to England, and the Morgantown Jewish community sponsored his coming here. The Congregation met in various rented locations in Morgantown until 1949, when the newly constructed Temple at 242 South High Street opened its doors. Tree of Life’s current rabbi is Joseph Hample, who is a 1978 graduate of Harvard University and was ordained by Hebrew Union College in 2009.