Explore Brown RISD Hillel

Nationally recognized for a bold approach to programming and leadership, BRH is an innovative community center and global Jewish launch pad serving students from two world-class institutions–Brown University and The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). At BRH, students shape initiatives rooted in Jewish learning, the arts, culinary traditions, global peoplehood, and beyond. Led by a distinguished cohort of Jewish professionals, BRH is a platform that welcomes the full breadth of Jewish students – a place where students can pursue their passions, grow personally, and strengthen their connectivity to Jewish experience, identity, and meaning. BRH is redefining the possibilities of Jewish student life, demonstrating the positive influence a broadly diverse Hillel can have on the university ecosystems in which it thrives.

This Hillel serves: Brown University; Rhode Island School of Design

Undergraduate Enrollment

1,700 Jewish Students (23.9%*)
7,125 Students
*Percent of population

Graduate Enrollment

139 Jewish Students (4.2%*)
3,347 Students
*Percent of population

Jewish Experience


  • Served by Hillel Yes
  • Religious Services Available Yes
  • Hillel Rabbi/Senior Jewish Educator Yes
  • Kosher Food Available Yes
  • Birthright Israel Participation Yes
  • Alt Break Participation No
  • Jewish Studies Offered Yes
  • Jewish Studies Major or Minor Major
  • Study Abroad in Israel University approved programs, Accepts credit for Israel study abroad
  • Israel Fellow No
  • JLIC Educator No
  • Hillel Mental Health/Wellness Staff No

Campus Climate for Jewish Students

Kosher Dining

Brown University's Dining Services offers a Kosher Meal Plan. Meals are served daily for lunch and dinner in the Sharpe Refectory. Provided by a Glatt Kosher caterer, students on a Kosher meal plan can access a separate blessed room to obtain their food and then rejoin their friends in the main seating area. Participating students can also eat from the regular daily menu and will enjoy all the benefits of the regular meal plan, including credit, guest meals, and FlexPlus points. For more information, please visit the Brown University Dining Services website (https://dining.brown.edu/meal-plans/#meal-plan-dining) or call 401-863-3343.

Options: University meal plan-no extra cost;Kosher food available nearby

Religious Services

BRH supports a broad network of students who are reinterpreting our Jewish traditions in ways that reflect their own lived experiences, questions, and hopes. Our model helps weave Jewish ideas and ambiance into the intellectual and social fabric of the universities. Through Shabbat dinners, Jewish learning, cultural excursions, and more, BRH fosters Jewish pride and growth. An array of programming and initiatives allow students to connect with Judaism on their own terms, enabling every Jewish student to discover their own stake in Jewish history and global Jewish peoplehood.

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Additional Campus Information

  • Private/Public Private
  • Acceptance Rate 7%
  • U.S. Region Northeast
  • Commuter/Residential Residential
  • Tuition In-State $65,656
  • Tuition Out-of-State $65,656
  • Out-of-State/Int’l 97% / 11%
  • Greek Life Yes

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