Orthodox Life at Johns Hopkins

The Orthodox Community at Johns Hopkins is small and tight-knit, with about 50 students attending the Orthodox Minyan on Friday nights.

About Hopkins Hillel

Hillel at Johns Hopkins University is a vibrant and pluralistic Jewish community on campus. Enjoy our beautiful facility to study, meet friends, participate in diverse programming, and celebrate Shabbat and Jewish Holidays.

There are over 500 Jewish students at JHU, about 13% of the undergraduate population. Jewish students are an active, dynamic part of both Hillel and the campus community. The Jewish students, like the entire student body at JHU, are motivated, thoughtful and energetic. There are many opportunities for students to become active in Jewish life through community building, culture and the arts, Israel advocacy, social justice, and religious life.

Johns Hopkins Hillel’s mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.

Johns Hopkins Hillel’s vision is to inspire every Jewish student to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life.

Find out more at the Hopkins Hillel website, www.hopkinshillel.org.


Approximately 50 students attend the Orthodox Minyan on Friday night. After shabbat meals at Hillel, students usually hang out in the Hillel building.

An Eruv was built around the Johns Hopkins campus in the spring of 2008.

Kosher Dining

There is a kosher meal plan that provides lunch and dinner Sunday through Friday in the campus dining facility (FFC) and on Shabbat and holidays in the Hillel building. The food is under the supervision of Star-K. There is also kosher food available in the campus supermarket.

Get more information at the Hillel Kosher Dining webpage.

Students Speak

“The JHU Jewish community represents individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and observance levels; nevertheless, the community is extremely inclusive and open. Daily Minyanim, Shiurim, kosher food, and a friendly group of committed students make this a great community.”-Mike Basilyan