Orthodox Life at Johns Hopkins

The Orthodox community at Johns Hopkins is friendly, diverse, and vibrant, and is made up of Jews from all walks of life and school backgrounds. Shiurim, minyanim, and events are attended by people from all over the country.

John 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.

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.

Housing at Johns Hopkins

All first and second year students are required to reside in University Housing. All dorm buildings have Shabbat access lists, where students can sign up for non-electronic access to their dorms. A majority of upperclassmen live in apartment buildings surrounding campus within a few minutes walk to Hillel.