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Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the components of Jewish life at Lehigh?
How many Jewish students are at Lehigh?
Is there a building for Jewish life at Lehigh? Where is it located?
Is there a kosher food option available? Is the Jewish Student Center kosher?
Does the Jewish Student Center host Shabbat services and dinner?
What options are available for major Jewish holidays?
What are some of the programs that the Hillel Society offers?
Is there a Jewish studies program on campus?
How many members does Lehigh Hillel have?
What are some of the programs that the Hillel Society offers?
Who are the professional Jewish staff members on campus?

What are some of the components of Jewish life at Lehigh?

There are several student-run Jewish groups at Lehigh: Lehigh Hillel, Chabad at Lehigh, Jewish Athletes' Association and Hebrews on the Hill. In addition, a wide variety of academic classes and Jewish programs are coordinated through the Berman Center for Jewish Students.

How many Jewish students are at Lehigh?

There are between 650 and 750 Jewish undergraduate students at Lehigh. They make up between 12 and 15 percent of the undergraduate student body.

Where is the Jewish Student Center located?

The Jewish Student Center is located at 216 Summit Street. The building is directly across Brodhead Street from the Alumni Memorial Building, which houses the Lehigh Admissions Office. During the summer session, the building is open from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm, but visitors are encouraged to make an appointment so we can set you up with a student guide. 

Is there a kosher food option available? Is the Jewish Student Center kosher?

While Lehigh does not have a formal kosher meal plan, there is a kosher deli available on the second floor of the University Center. In addition, there are a wide variety of dairy and vegetarian options available in the dining halls for people who eat dairy/vegetarian outside of home. While it is not directly linked to Lehigh’s meal plan, the Jewish Student Center kitchen is kosher and available to students for making their own kosher meals, with prepared dinners every Friday night. 

Does the Jewish Student Center host Shabbat services and dinner?

The Jewish Student Center hosts Shabbat services and dinner on a weekly basis every Friday night.  Services and dinner draw up to 50 students.  For students seeking options for services Saturday morning, arrangements can be made to attend local synagogues.

What options are available for major Jewish holidays?

During the High Holidays, Lehigh Hillel sponsors a pre-Rosh Hashanah dinner and a post-Yom Kippur break fast, as well as religious services for two days of Rosh Hashanah and for Yom Kippur.  In addition to hosting social events for Purim and Chanukah, Hillel also sponsors seders for the first two nights of Passover and ensures that students have kosher for Passover food for the length of the holiday.  For other holidays, we are happy to connect students with the local Jewish community to enable them to attend services in the Lehigh Valley.

What are some of the programs that the Hillel Society offers?

The Hillel Society provides students with a number of Jewish social, religious and cultural activities, as well as opportunities for learning. Social programs particularly with other Lehigh Valley colleges are very important for a Jewish student's Lehigh experience.  Holiday festivities and celebrations occur regularly at the Jewish Student Center.  Hillel Society members are encouraged to suggest and plan programs that fit their specific interests.

Is there a Jewish studies program on campus?

Lehigh offers students a wide variety of Jewish studies courses through the Berman Center for Jewish Studies. A Jewish studies minor is offered for interested students. To learn more about the Berman Center and its programs check out their website at www.lehigh.edu/~inber/inber.html.

How many members does Lehigh Hillel have?

That is hard to answer as we do not have a membership program and everyone at Lehigh is welcome to participate in any of the programs we offer. 

What are some of the programs that the Hillel Society offers?

Lehigh Hillel Society provides students with a number of Jewish activities, including opportunities for learning and discussion. Weekly Shabbat celebrations, as well as our dine-and-discuss series, are offered throughout the year.  Social programs particularly with other Lehigh Valley colleges are very important for a Jewish student’s Lehigh experience.  In addition, there is also a strong emphasis on student empowerment and cultivating leadership skills by encouraging self-initiation to develop educational and social programs by helping them plan programs.

Who are the professional Jewish staff members on campus?

Lehigh has a Rabbi and Director of Jewish Student Life, who also serves as the university’s Associate Chaplain.  We also have a Jewish Student Life Marketing and Communications Coordinator who works part-time, as well as, a number of involved and committed faculty members.