Explore UMass Amherst Hillel

We empower students through the vitality of Jewish life to cultivate purposeful, healthy lives and relationships that better our community and world. UMass Hillel offers social, cultural, educational, and religious programming to students both on and off campus. With over 10 student groups, free Shabbat meals every week, free trips to Israel, internship opportunities, and events going on almost every day of the week, UMass Hillel is a vibrant, multi-faceted and exciting community.

Undergraduate Enrollment

2,300 Jewish Students (9.6%*)
23,947 Students
*Percent of population

Graduate Enrollment

500 Jewish Students (6.4%*)
7,838 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 Minor, Major
  • Study Abroad in Israel University sponsored program, University approved programs, Accepts credit for Israel study abroad
  • Israel Fellow Yes
  • JLIC Educator Yes
  • Hillel Mental Health/Wellness Staff No

Campus Climate for Jewish Students

Kosher Dining

There are several options in the Amherst area, a wide selection at local supermarkets, Kosher Dining and Shabbat food at the UMass Hillel House. The Kosher Dining Commons is located in the Franklin Dining Commons. Its meat-only kitchen is open Sunday-Friday, from 11am - 7pm and from 11am to 2:30pm on Fridays. The Shabbat meals provided by the UMass Hillel House and OU-JLIC are always free to UMass students, including Friday night dinner, Shabbat lunch and Seudah Shlishit (third meal). Friday night dinner is catered while Shabbat lunch rotates between being catered, hosted at our OU-JLIC Educators' home, or prepared by several dedicated students in cooking crews. For the second year in a row, the University of Massachusetts Dining Services received Princeton Review's number one ranking for the best campus food in the nation. The announcement further cements UMass Dining's reputation for serving up healthy, sustainable and delicious food prepared by award-winning chefs.

Options: University meal plan-extra cost

Religious Services

Conservative and Orthodox services every Friday and Reform services every other Friday while the semester is in session. Orthodox services every Saturday morning. Daily Orthodox minyan. The town of Amherst now has an eruv that includes Hillel and all of campus.

Frequency: Daily

Additional Campus Information

  • Private/Public Public
  • Acceptance Rate 64%
  • U.S. Region Northeast
  • Commuter/Residential Residential
  • Tuition In-State $16,591
  • Tuition Out-of-State $38,527
  • Out-of-State/Int’l 28% / 7%
  • Greek Life Yes

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388 N. Pleasant Street
Amherst MA 01002 US
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(413) 549-1710
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