Students involved with UMBC Hillel are immersed in a hands on experience of Jewish communal leadership and are given the resources to experiment and create their ideal community experience. Through different leadership cohorts, including lay leaders and interns, UMBC Hillel is proud to offer a myriad of ways for our students to express their chosen Jewish values during their time on campus.

We estimate that approximately 1,000 Jewish undergraduate students are related to the UMBC community.


As Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel calls it. “a palace in time.” All students are invited to enjoy a warm, family style meal to celebrate Shabbat, the Sabbath together, each week the semester is in session. Time in Jewish tradition is best sanctified by experiencing each other in community.

Up to date info can be found on the UMBC Hillel Facebook page.


Holiday observance is a cornerstone of Jewish Life at UMBC. Whether it’s shaking a lulav & etrog (the 4 species) on Commons Terrace during Sukkot (the Festival of Booths) or lighting the Hannukiah (candelabra) on Hanukkah (the Festival of Lights), you will always find warm and welcoming friends and yummy food! Follow us on Facebook for up to date information.

Kosher Dining

The UMBC dining hall, True Grit’s, offers hot kosher meals for lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday. This delicious kosher food, under the supervision of the Star-K can be found in the Kosher Korner. Additionally, fresh kosher sandwiches and wraps are available in the local makolet (Israeli style bodega) known on campus as Outtakes.

Each week the semester is in session UMBC Hillel provides a kosher Shabbat dinner, locally sourced from kosher caterers in the Pikesville neighborhood of Baltimore. Find us on Facebook for up to date info!

For more information about kosher options at UMBC please visit the dining services website here: Kosher Dining at UMBC

Like the Kosher Korner Facebook page for up to date information.