Whether you are a prospective student or about to graduate, you may have questions about Jewish life at Emory. If you don’t find the question and answer you need, or you don’t like the answer you see here–please contact us, and we’ll be happy to talk with you in-depth.
There are more than 1400 Jewish students at Emory, about 23% of the undergraduate student population. There are approximately 500 Jewish graduate students.
Emory Hillel is a private not-for-profit organization and is the center for Jewish life on campus. It is an affiliate agency of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life and a beneficiary of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. Emory Hillel is integrated into the University community through its dynamic programs, co-sponsored events, and the involvement of active students in many other University groups. The University is very supportive of Hillel and its role on campus and works with Hillel to provide a welcoming atmosphere for Jewish students, faculty, and families.
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Built in 2010, The Marcus Hillel Center is the center for Jewish life on campus—a place to meet your friends, feel at home, and check out exciting programs. The 10,500-square-foot facility houses two major program spaces, a student leadership center with computers and worktables, a kosher café, a lounge with a big-screen TV, a Jewish resource center, and professional offices.
Emory Dining Plan K/H provides 11 kosher/halal meals per week. The Marcus Hillel Center also has a kosher café. Also, Emory is located just 2 miles from Toco Hills, a center of Orthodox Jewish life in Atlanta, with several Kosher supermarkets, restaurants, and caterers.
Any student on campus can participate in Hillel-sponsored events. There are no membership fees, and students are encouraged to plan and/or attend as many programs and activities as they wish. We do provide special involvement incentives, such as the Homelink program, which enables parents to provide free access to some Hillel programs.
Emory Hillel relies on the generous support of its donors to support our on-going programming and special initiatives. Nearly 85% of Hillel’s annual operating budget comes from contributions from individuals. Learn about more giving opportunities to Emory Hillel.
Every week, students join together for student-led Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox Shabbat services. Every Friday night, Hillel sponsors a communal Shabbat dinner catered by Emory students, which will either feature a theme, a guest speaker, live music, or some other excellent offering.
Additionally, Hillel sponsors the Shabbat2Go program, which gives Jewish students the tools to take Shabbat into their own hands. Students can host a Shabbat dinner with their own friends, in their own space, on their own time. Hillel provides the ritual items and a food subsidy.
Hillel helps students celebrate the holidays in their own way. During Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Reform, Conservative and Orthodox services are held on campus, and are free for students. Hillel also provides High Holiday dinners.
For Passover, Hillel hosts a variety of seders on the first and second nights, and students can even receive Seder Kits-to-Go for use in their dorm, apartment, or fraternity/sorority.
Other holidays are celebrated with creative programs, services, and dinners.
Yes. Hillel participates in Birthright Israel. Jewish students between the ages of 18-26 who have not been on a peer trip to Israel (after age of 18) are eligible for a free trip. Hillel can also help you find other opportunities for travel or study in Israel.