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How many Jewish students are there on campus? What is Jewish life like here at Kent State University?

There are approximately 1000 Jewish students at Kent State University and 300 estimated at The University of Akron, about 5% of the campus population. Jewish students are an active, dynamic part of both Hillel and the campus community. Students are involved in many other campus organizations and clubs, always seeking out opportunities to collaborate and build our network.



My Bubbie said I should join Hillel. How do I join? Are there membership fees? 

Hillel is not a "membership" based organization. Hillel is the Jewish campus community and is for all Jewish students. We welcome everyone to actively participate in the Jewish community through Hillel sponsored events. There are no membership fees and students are encouraged to attend as many programs and activities as they would like. Programs are supported by donations from parents, alumni, and the Jewish community. 


How connected is the Hillel to the University community? 

Hillel is integrated into the University community through its personal relationships across departments, dynamic programs, co-sponsorship of events, and the involvement of active students in many other University groups. The University is very supportive of Hillel and its role on campus and works hard to provide a welcoming atmosphere for Jewish students, faculty, and families.   The Cohn Jewish Student Center is the FIRST Hillel building to be located on campus  at a state university.



What kind of student programs and organizations does Hillel at Kent State sponsor?

Hillel at Kent State hosts a wide variety of programming spanning the spectrum of social, cultural, religious, spiritual, and educational programs with a focus on Israel advocacy as well.  The majority of our programs are made possible through the ingenuity and hard work of our students.  Hillel at Kent State strives to understand the needs of our students and work with them to provide them with the greatest opportunities.



What kind of Shabbat program is available at Hillel at Kent State?

The Cohn Jewish Student Center hosts Shabbat celebrations frequently throughout each semester.  We proudly offer egalitarian services and a delicious meal completely FREE for our students.  Shabbat is a critical point in time at the end of a busy week where students can see their friends and  unwind wit student led services and community full of prayer, song, games and more.  Check out our current Shabbat plans at If you are interested in sponsoring a Shabbat experience for our students, please contact Rabbi Michael Ross at


Is there a Kosher Meal Plan on Campus?

At this time, Kent State University does not offer a Kosher meal plan.  Hillel at Kent State is proud to be home to the only commercial Kosher kitchen in Portage county and offers Kosher meals to our students on a weekly and programmatic basis, including Shabbat.

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