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UMBC Hillel supports a pluralistic Jewish community on campus. UMBC Hillel meets students where they are – socially, culturally and Jewishly – and helps them continue their Jewish journey.

There are approximately 1,000 Jewish undergraduate students at UMBC. Jewish students are an integral part of both Hillel and the campus community. The Jewish students, like the entire student body at UMBC, are bright, driven and diverse. UMBC Hillel seeks to empower students to take personal responsibility for their Jewish identity by providing a variety of leadership and involvement opportunities. Whether they wish to undertake a community service project, become a part of our Jewish Leadership Council, participate in a social event, connect through informal Jewish learning or attend a holiday celebration, UMBC Hillel strives to support student life in every way possible.

The vision of UMBC Hillel is to inspire every Jewish student to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life. University life is a time to dream of what could be and it is the hope of UMBC Hillel that we can be a vehicle for students to think about how they can make the world a better place– as we strengthen a community and identity that is uniquely Jewish and universally human.


Shabbat at UMBC Hillel is a time for students to come together at the end of their weeks to share a meal, prayer and discussion. UMBC Hillel offers two types of Friday Shabbat experiences; Ask Big Questions and student-led themed dinners. Please check the UMBC Hillel Facebook Page for details.


Holiday observance is a cornerstone of Jewish Life at UMBC. Whether it’s shaking a lulav on Commons Terrace during Sukkot or lighting the Menorah during Hanukkah, you will always find the Jewish community of UMBC enjoying festive celebrations. Below are some examples of past holiday on campus. Please check the UMBC Hillel Facebook Page for more information.

Kosher Dining

True Grit’s dining hall serves hot kosher meals for lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday in the Kosher Corner under Star-K supervision. Fresh kosher sandwiches and wraps are available in The Commons.
UMBC Hillel provides Shabbat dinner many weeks during the semester and there is a kosher microwave located in our office in the Interfaith Center.

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 at: UMBC Kosher Korner Facebook