Orthodox Life at Rutgers

With the help of Mesorah and OU-JLIC, Orthodox life at Rutgers continues to grow, with a wide assortment of programs, both religious and social serving over 150 students.

Rutgers Hillel

Ground breaking for the new state of the art Hillel building was in the fall of 2014. While construction continues, Rutgers Hillel is located at 9 Bartlett St., just off of College Avenue. Hillel will be moving to its new home for the Fall 2016 Semester.

To find out about the variety of programs that Hillel runs every week, check out www.rutgershillel.org.
Quote from Gila Rosenberg
“OU-JLIC on campus has provided me with not only fun, interesting and engaging programs but it has impacted my life because of the people who they bring to our campus. The OU-JLIC couple at Rutgers is the backbone of our Jewish community and has given me role models as to how to live a Jewish life.

Mesorah, the Orthodox Community at Rutgers Hillel

Mesorah, the Orthodox community at Rutgers, is one of the most exciting and fastest growing Orthodox Jewish campus student groups in the nation. Besides their involvement in the general Hillel, Orthodox students host their own events such as breakfast extravaganzas after minyan, a weekly mishmar with guest speakers, bikkur cholim at local hospitals and more!

Find out more at www.rutgersmesorah.org.


Shabbat at Rutgers includes minyanim, Friday night meals at Hillel, Chabbad and students’ apartments, tisches at the Friebergs and onegs at Hillel and students’ apartments, open Shabbat lunch at the Friebergs and a lively seudah shlishit.

Rutgers Hillel students help maintain the New Brunswick Eruv, which is connected to the Highland Park Eruv.


The university offers co-ed dorms on all of its campuses. Chabad runs a residence on College Ave, which houses the kosher dining hall. After Freshman year, most observant students opt to rent off campus houses together in New Brunswick, near College Avenue where Hillel and Chabad are located. Observant students living in university dorms may request to be placed on College Ave for religious reasons, though these requests are not always honored. It is recommended to be in touch with the OU-JLIC educators for advice on how to make that request, before your housing application is submitted.

Kosher dining

Chabad runs the kosher meal plan on campus out of their building at 170 College Ave.
 Raritan Avenue in Highland park (5 min drive/25 min walk away) offers a variety of kosher restaurants and fast food stores.
 Both Hillel and Chabad offer free Friday night dinners to Rutgers students. Hillel offers many programs throughout the week which include food, and all programs are under the Kashrut supervision of Rabbi Frieberg. When the new Hillel building opens, it will include a kosher dairy cafe.

Students Speak

“OU-JLIC (couples) bring the comfort of home to campus.”-Shaina Stiefel