Why get involved with Cornell Hillel?
In addition to Cornell's rigorous academics and gorgeous natural environment, Jewish life on campus is thriving. Here are some of the highlights.
Incoming first-year students can get involved with Hillel before classes even start! Click here to learn more about our programs before and during Cornell University's Orientation Week.
During Cornell's Orientation Week for first year students, Hillel hosts three major events to introduce incoming students to Jewish life at Cornell:
Cornell Jewish Life, by the numbers:
# of Jewish students: 3,500 (21% of the student body)
# of Jewish student initiatives on campus each year : 1,000
# of Cornell Jewish student organizations: 25
# of Jewish student leadership positions: 200
# of students sent to Israel for free every year on Birthright: 100
# of students at High Holy Day services each year: 1,500
# of Jewish Studies courses offered: 50
# of annual campaign donors: 1,200
# of free lattes given out weekly through Capitol Hillel: 160
# of cookies gleefully devoured at Shabbat dinner: at least 200
# of "oy vey's" proclaimed during every test: 12,500
# of "mazel tov!"s heard after final grades are revealed: 12,500
Prospective Student FAQs
How many students are members of Cornell Hillel?
Every Jewish student (over 3,500) is considered a part of Cornell Hillel. All students are welcome to attend events around campus - no membership fees required.
What types of activities does Cornell Hillel sponsor?
You name it, we do it! Check out the calendar and news pages to see past, present and future activities. And click here to learn about our student groups.
Where is Cornell Hillel located on campus?
Cornell Hillel can be found all around campus, holding programs on North, West, and Central campuses, and in Collegetown. Our offices and weekly Friday night services are located in Anabel Taylor Hall, home to Cornell United Religious Works, which includes 28 affiliated communities.
Are there Shabbat services on campus?
Of course! Learn about our Shabbat services and dinners here.
Is kosher food available at Cornell?
Absolutely! In fact, we have a whole page about it. Click here.
Do you have a rabbi?
A rabbi? No. We have two! Visit our staff page for information on them and our other staff.
I'm interested in Jewish studies as a major. Does Cornell offer one?
Yup! Learn about Cornell's Jewish and Near Eastern Studies programs here.
I'd like to find a Jewish job or other opportunity. Can you help?
Sure! We maintain a webpage all about local and national opportunities. You can also contact us to chat about your specific goals.
I'm visiting campus. Can I set up a time to meet the Cornell Hillel staff?
Sure, we would be happy to chat with you at our offices in Anabel Taylor Hall. Contact us to set up a meeting... and be prepared to be offered lots of complimentary tea and coffee.
Where should I stay overnight when I visit campus?
Staying as a family?
These hotels are located on or close to campus.
The Statler Hotel (right in the heart of Cornell’s campus)
William Henry Miller Inn (1.4 miles from campus)
Hilton Garden Inn (1.5 miles from campus)
Hampton Inn (2.8 miles from campus)
Coming by yourself?
We suggest you first contact the Red Carpet Society, which is the official Cornell overnight hosting program. If you'd particularly like to stay with a Jewish student who's involved with Hillel, please contact Amanda Weiss.