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Frequently Asked Questions

How many Jewish students are there on campus?

The University of Pennsylvania, located in the city of Philadelphia, has a full-time undergraduate population of 10,000 with a Jewish population of approximately 2,500 (25%).


What kind of student programs and groups does Hillel sponsor at Penn?

Penn Hillel is proud to support over 25 student-led groups within the Hillel building. The Pillars of Hillel work are:  Israel, Education, Jewish life, and Tzedek. Hillel also reaches out to students all over campus, including through college houses and Greek life. The Jewish Renaissance Project, a program of Penn Hillel, engages these students through over 11 initiatives. To learn more about Jewish life at Penn, click here


Is there kosher dining on campus?

Falk Dining Commons, located at Steinhardt Hall, is Penn’s full service Kosher Dining hall. Falk Dining Commons features the best food on campus, prepared fresh for your order.  For more information about Kosher dining, click here


What is Shabbat like at Penn?

With  five service choices that meet in Steinhardt Hall, Shabbat on campus is a vibrant, welcoming, and diverse experience.  In addition to the phenomenal services and meals that happen in Hillel on Shabbat, Hillel also sponsors meals throughout campus through various student groups and initiatives. 


Click here to learn more about service options, and click here for service times and locations. 


Services are followed by a community Shabbat dinner and Shabbat lunch in Falk Dining Commons.  Click here for reservations.  Walk-in guests are always welcome.


Saturday morning, after services, there is a large community kiddush and lunch in the dining hall. 


Can prospective students visit Penn and stay overnight with a Jewish student?

Each fall there is a Shabbat program especially for prospective students. If you are interested in visiting Penn for Shabbat, please email and Penn Hillel staff will do their best to match you with a host. 


Is there a Rabbi at Hillel or on campus?

Hillel has Conservative, Orthodox, and Reconstructionist rabbis on staff.