Explore Princeton Hillel, Center for Jewish Life

Jewish life at Princeton mirrors the culture that is found throughout the campus community; namely, it is rich with diversity and ripe with opportunities for students to engage in activities that are personally meaningful and impactful to their own lives. The Center for Jewish Life (CJL), Princeton's Hillel, is welcoming and inclusive to all Jewish students regardless of their religious background, the breadth of their Jewish experiences, or the depth of their connection to Judaism. We meet students "where they are" and help nurture their Jewish identities. Whether it is bringing students from across the campus community together in our kosher dining hall to providing transformative global travel experiences; offering fellowships on topics of interest such as Biomedical Ethics or Public Policy; or joining the more than 80 students involved in leadership positions in our 20+ student groups, the CJL is constantly buzzing with activity. Our door is always open for everyone who wants to connect with Jewish life at Princeton.

Undergraduate Enrollment

500 Jewish Students (9.6%*)
5,236 Students
*Percent of population

Graduate Enrollment

250 Jewish Students (7.9%*)
3,157 Students
*Percent of population

Jewish Experience

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

Kosher Dining

CJL is home to Princeton's only University-run kosher dining hall. All students on meal plans at Princeton may eat at the CJL at no extra charge. 19 meals are served each week, including our popular Friday night Shabbat dinner that attracts nearly 200 students each week. CJL is widely-known across campus for excellent food, particularly our delicious hummus bar and incredible warm freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies.

Options: University meal plan-no extra cost

Religious Services

The CJL is thrilled to offer Reform, Conservative and Orthodox services. Reform Services are held every Friday night during the academic year. Conservative services are held every Friday night and Saturday morning during the academic year. Orthodox services are held three times daily at the CJL all year-long. Zamru, the song-based prayer group holds Friday night services monthly.

Frequency: Daily

Additional Campus Information

  • Private/Public Private
  • Acceptance Rate 6%
  • U.S. Region Mid-Atlantic
  • Commuter/Residential Residential
  • Tuition In-State $57,410
  • Tuition Out-of-State $57,410
  • Out-of-State/Int’l 83% / 12%
  • Greek Life No

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70 Washington Road
Princeton NJ 08540 US
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609-258-3635
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