History of Jewish Life at Princeton
Long before the Center for Jewish Life (CJL) became a reality, there were many years of Jewish history at Princeton University.
- In 1947, Dr. Albert Einstein attended and addressed the first Jewish service on campus.
- On October 1, 1948, the first Friday evening Shabbat service was held on campus directed by Rabbi Irving Levey, the new director of Hillel on campus.
- In 1949, the Student Hebrew Association, founded in 1946, was absorbed into a Hillel chapter.
- In 1961, a center for Orthodox students opened at 21 Olden Street.
- In 1968, Yavneh House, the Orthodox student group, located to 46 Wiggins Street and was available for kosher meals, prayer, and study.
- In 1971, Yavneh relocated to Stevenson Hall, a University dining facility at 83 Prospect Avenue.
- Also in 1971, Hillel offices open in Murray-Dodge Hall with other denominational chaplaincies. Orthodox services were held at Stevenson Hall, Conservative and Reform services were held in Murray-Dodge Hall.