The Shabbat Experience

At Rutgers Hillel

Rutgers Hillel brings the Shabbat experience to another level. Join our table, kick back, relax, and feel at home with Rutgers Hillel.  From our home-made challah, to our wine and delicious dinners, be a part of our family!

Shabbat is the focal point of Jewish life on campus where students join together to gain a welcoming sense of Jewish community. Hundreds of students come together every Friday evening for a delicious kosher Shabbat meal – free for all students — in our beautiful Tanzman Dining Room.

This defines the Shabbat program at Rutgers Hillel – our strongest, most attended student program, averaging 300 students each week. The Shabbat experience has a way of connecting Jewish students on campus, offering a sense of community; expression of Jewish values; and an outlet for independent, interactive exploration of Jewish practice across a diverse, vibrant spectrum.

Our goal for Hillel’s Shabbat program is to provide varying opportunities to engage with, explore and celebrate Shabbat together as a campus family. We offer student-led services that are optional and open to all. Immediately following services, all students are invited to join us for a gourmet kosher dinner. Each week, a student group of Rutgers Hillel “hosts” Shabbat – announcing their upcoming events, serving dinner to student attendees and preparing a Friday Night Learning opportunity for students after dinner.

Please contact Rabbi Esther Reed at or 732 545-2407 ext 23 for more information on Shabbat at Rutgers Hillel or fill out the form below.