Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Center for Jewish Life (CJL) the same as Hillel?
The Center for Jewish Life is the University building that houses the Hillel at Princeton.
Where is the CJL located?
The Center for Jewish Life is located at 70 Washington Road, in the center of Princeton’s campus.
How many Jewish students are on campus?
There are about 500 Jewish undergraduate students out of approximately 5,000 undergraduate students on campus and 200 Jewish graduate students out of about 2,000 graduate students.
What kind of activities does the CJL offer?
The CJL is one of the most versatile organizations on campus, due to integral connections to student social, cultural, educational, political and religious life. Throughout the academic year there are dozens of programs and events hosted at the CJL and throughout campus. In addition, there are many associated student groups, sponsored by the CJL, that appeal to specific student interests. For more information, visit our Student Life section.
Is there anything to do at the CJL if no programs or events are happening?
YES! The Center for Jewish Life features a large terrace with a fantastic view of Lewis Library, a TV room with a variety of board games and a Wii, a billiards room, a computer cluster, as well as several group practice/study/lounge spaces. Students can also enjoy the kosher dining hall!
Is there Kosher food available on campus?
The Center for Jewish Life dining hall is a kosher dining hall, supervised by the Orthodox Union and run through Dining Services of Princeton University. The CJL dining hall is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 6 days a week and brunch and dinner on Sundays. Students and their guests, as well as the campus community and visitors, are welcome. Meal plans, student charge and Paw Points are accepted. For more information, visit our Kosher Dining section.
How are the holidays celebrated at the CJL?
We provide Reform, Conservative and Orthodox services for all major holidays, as well as Shabbat. There are also special holiday and festival meals, in addition to special Shabbat meals. For upcoming holiday events, visit the Events Calendar.
How can I get involved?
The first step to involvement at the CJL is joining our mailing list. You’ll receive our weekly email, Shalom Princeton, with information about upcoming events and holiday celebrations. Interested in becoming an intern? Click here! The best way to get involved is to contact a student board member or staff member, who will take you for coffee or ice cream and discuss your interests.
How can I go to Israel for Free with Taglit Birthright Israel?
If you’re Jewish, age 18-26, and have never been on a peer-group trip to Israel, Hillel offers the best way for you to have the time of your life in Israel - FOR FREE! The CJL has been granted a Summer Taglit Birthright Israel trip (tentatively August 2011) through Hillel International. Registration dates and trip dates can change, so contact Arielle Greenwald today if you’re interested in joining Princeton in Israel! For more information, visit our Travel page.
On your 10-day adventure, you can:
- take a jeep ride through the Golan Heights
- visit the Western Wall & explore the tunnels underneath
- float in the Dead Sea
- see the sunrise from atop Masada
- join in an archeological dig
- hike in a beautiful nature reserve with refreshing waterfalls
- spend a night in a Bedouin tent & ride a camel
Can I meet with a CJL staff member or student for a tour?
Absolutely. Call us to arrange a day and time at 609-258-3635. We are open Monday through Thursday between 8:45am and 5:00pm, and Friday from 8:45am and 4:00pm.
How can I arrange to spend a Shabbat on campus?
Jewish students regularly host prospective students over the weekend or through Shabbat. Please contact us as soon as you know what weekend(s) you would like to visit, so that we can make arrangements.
Are there Hillel activities for Parents/Alumni?
We have several programs throughout the year where we welcome families, including Freshmen Parents Weekend, Alumni Weekend and several events throughout Commencement/Reunions weekend. Please join our mailing list to receive our weekly email, Shalom Princeton or check out the Parents & Alumni page for more information about these special events.