Explore Lehigh Hillel

Lehigh Hillel provides a warm, caring environment that welcomes Jewish students from any background, along with any friends wanting to learn about Jewish culture and religion. The Jewish Student Center is home to the Lehigh Hillel Society and includes a cozy living room, dining area, kosher kitchen, student office, library and recreational space for students to gather socially as well as for quiet study. Rabbi Steve Nathan serves as University Associate Chaplain and Director of Jewish Student Life and Tyler Katz serves as the Engagement and Programming Associate, and Jane Hontz is our Office Coordinator. Together with a team of Student Peer Engagement staff, as well as the student board, they reach out to students on campus and assure that there is a vibrant Jewish life on campus which is open to everyone.

Undergraduate Enrollment

950 Jewish Students (16.9%*)
5,612 Students
*Percent of population

Graduate Enrollment

100 Jewish Students (5.7%*)
1,770 Students
*Percent of population

Jewish Experience

In addition to Shabbat and holidays, we offer informal Jewish experiential education such as the Jewish Learning Fellowship, Israel education, and the Jewish Cooking Fellowship. The latter is unique to Lehigh and offers students an opportunity to learn about Jewish cultures around the world, cook their cuisine, and have dinner together.

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

Campus Climate for Jewish Students

Religious Services

Depending on the year Lehigh Hillel either offers on campus services for the High Holidays or provides transportation to local synagogues, along with meals (including break-the-fast). There are also meals and informal services for other holidays. There is a weekly Shabbat service and dinner on Friday evening at the Jewish Student Life Center. Services are pluralistic, egalitarian, and incorporate student leadership.

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Wellness, Inclusion, and Activism

There are weekly mindfulness meditation sessions, frequent dinner-based programs, and other opportunities for relaxation, community building and wellness. There are also rooms for study, relaxation, games, and meditation in the Jewish Student Center.

Additional Campus Information

  • Private/Public Private
  • Acceptance Rate 32%
  • U.S. Region Mid-Atlantic
  • Commuter/Residential Residential
  • Tuition In-State $61,180
  • Tuition Out-of-State $61,180
  • Out-of-State/Int’l 77% / 8%
  • Greek Life Yes

Trips & Experiences

Birthright Israel

Lehigh University

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233 W. Packer Avenue
Bethlehem PA 18015 US
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