Explore Hillel at the University of Rochester

Jewish student life here at the University of Rochester is vibrant, pluralistic, welcoming, and inclusive. Hillel helps to foster student growth, Jewish learning, and relationships. We serve approximately 525 ish undergraduate Jewish students as well as a large number of Jewish graduate students, faculty and staff. Our programs reflect the great diversity of our students lives. We have weekly Shabbat opportunities, free meals, social and cultural programming, alternative breaks, holiday services and celebrations, two Birthright Israel trips a year, and so much more! Our campus and Hillel cultures encourage students to authentically explore and connect with Jewish traditions - and each other - in meaningful and relevant ways. We are here to guide and support them through their journeys in becoming active members of the Jewish and adult communities, and in their own personal practices.

Undergraduate Enrollment

650 Jewish Students (9.6%*)
6,780 Students
*Percent of population

Graduate Enrollment

150 Jewish Students (2.7%*)
5,471 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 No
  • Alt Break Participation No
  • Jewish Studies Offered Yes
  • Jewish Studies Major or Minor Minor
  • Study Abroad in Israel University sponsored program, University approved programs, Accepts credit for Israel study abroad
  • Israel Fellow No

Kosher Dining

Kosher dining meat station is part of the meal plan. Open Sunday-Friday breakfast, lunch and dinner. Grab and go options available for Shabbat and when you're on the go. Kosher dinner served by Hillel on Shabbat and holidays. Some kosher options in the local community.

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

Religious Services

Student/Staff lead Shabbat services every Friday night accompanied by delicious home-cooked meals made in the Hillel Kosher Kitchen. Shabbat day programming and opportunities are organized by students throughout the year, and there is discussion about possibly starting monthly Saturday morning services. We also offer services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

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Additional Campus Information

  • Private/Public Private
  • Acceptance Rate 30%
  • U.S. Region Northeast
  • Commuter/Residential Residential
  • Tuition In-State $60,550
  • Tuition Out-of-State $60,550
  • Out-of-State/Int’l N/A
  • Greek Life Yes

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500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd - INTERFAITH CHAPEL
Rochester NY 14627 US
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