Explore Dickinson Hillel

Dickinson College has about 250 Jewish students that represent approximately ten percent of the student body. The Asbell Center is the umbrella organization that hosts student-led organizations/clubs on campus, as well as, a number of educational, cultural, social, and religious programs, lectures, and opportunities for students, administrators, faculty, and the Greater Carlisle community. Dickinson has a vibrant and active student Hillel, with lots of social, cultural, religious and social action activities for Jewish students. Hillel is housed in the Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life, which has both a meat and a dairy kitchen, a lounge and tv room for students, a dining room, a sanctuary, a multi-purpose room, and offices. Hillel sponsors Shabbat followed by dinner every Friday night. Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Hanukkah and Passover celebrations are offered throughout the year. Some of our most popular events are our Multicultural Seder, (involving diverse groups from across campus) bagel brunches, and smoothie and movie nights. Our services and holiday celebrations always include lots of student participation. Dickinson College has a total of six Jewish student groups under the Asbell Center`s umbrella: Hillel, Asbell Cooking Club, Achim (Jewish Men`s group), Rosh Hodesh (Jewish Women's group), Challah for Hunger, and Dickinsonians for Israel.

Undergraduate Enrollment

180 Jewish Students (8.4%*)
2,133 Students
*Percent of population

Graduate Enrollment

0 Jewish Students (0%*)
0 Students
*Percent of population

Jewish Experience

  • Served by Hillel Yes
  • Religious Services Available Yes
  • Rabbi/Jewish Educator on Campus No
  • Kosher Food Available Yes
  • Birthright Israel Participation Yes
  • Alt Break Participation No
  • Jewish Studies Offered Yes
  • Jewish Studies Major or Minor Minor, Major
  • Study Abroad in Israel University sponsored program
  • Israel Fellow No

Kosher Dining

Currently, Dickinson College provides kosher dining, under the supervision of Asbell Center Director Marley Weiner, for lunch and dinner Sunday lunch- Friday lunch in our main dining hall. Shabbat dinner is offered each week at the Asbell Center.

Options: University meal plan-no extra cost

Religious Services

Please join us for student-led Shabbat services which are held every Friday evening at 6:00pm in the Asbell Center 2nd floor Sanctuary. After services, students enjoy a kosher homemade dinner; or vegetarian meal from Carlisle area restaurants. All are welcome!! Location: Asbell Center; Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm; Cost: Free.

Frequency: Friday night only

Additional Campus Information

  • Private/Public Private
  • Acceptance Rate 40%
  • U.S. Region Mid-Atlantic
  • Commuter/Residential Residential
  • Tuition In-State $56,523
  • Tuition Out-of-State $56,523
  • Out-of-State/Int’l 75% / 13%
  • Greek Life Yes

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Birthright Israel

Dickinson College

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Carlisle PA 17013 US
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