Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Kosher dining options on campus?

The Delancey Street Restaurant offers made to order sandwiches as well as daily specials. Choices include both meat and vegetarian options.  When Delancey Street is open you can check out their daily menu here.  The restaurant is located on the first floor of the Student Union Building, next to the Ballroom. Delancey Street accepts meal plans, cash and credit cards.

During non-business hours, you can still enjoy kosher food on campus.  Every morning Delancey Street staff members prepare fresh sandwiches for the SAC (Student Activities Center) food court and for the cafeteria at Stony Brook Medicine.

Delancey Street is glatt kosher under the supervision of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens, Rabbi Yoel Adelman Rav Hamachshir.

Shabbat Meals

Hillel is thrilled to provide a warm, welcoming and home-like experience for students on Shabbat.  Twice a month, we provide FREE meals for students throughout Shabbat at our fun and festive Shabbatons. These meals include Shabbat dinner, Saturday afternoon lunch and often a Third Shabbat Meal.

On non-Shabbaton weekends, our partner organization, ROOTS ( Reaching Out for Opportunities in Torah Study) often hosts students for Shabbbat dinner and lunch. These meals allow students to get a true taste of Shabbat in a Traditional Jewish household.

Students are also encouraged to host their own meals on non- Shabbaton weekends and we provide a forty dollar subsidy for food as well as a supply of challah and grape juice. Our students love the chance to create the own Shabbat experience for themselves and their peers.

How many Jewish Students attend Stony Brook University?

While it is hard to know the exact number of Jewish students enrolled in a public university, we estimate there to be a total of 2,500 Jewish undergraduate and graduate students at Stony Brook. 

Are there membership fees for Hillel?

NO! All students are welcome to attend our programs and events. We do ask that all students fill out a registration card each year so that we can make sure you receive communication about all of the latest Hillel news! Students who fill out registration cards are also able to vote in the annual Hillel Student Club elections, which are held each April.

What kosher restaurants are located near campus?

Bagel Boss has several locations throughout Long Island. The closest store to campus is located in East Northport (approximately 25 minutes from campus).

Zans Kosher Delicatessen is located in Lake Grove and provides traditional favorites. Zans kosher certification is provided by Rabbi Jonathan Waxman, Temple Beth Shalom of Smithtown.

Stony Brook Hillel does not endorse the kashrut of any off campus establishment.

Do students stay at Stony Brook over the weekends? What does Hillel offer?

We find that students who are involved in clubs, events and activities stay on campus during the weekends. In addition to a full line of Shabbat programming on Friday evening and all day Saturday, Hillel offers many Saturday evening and Sunday programs throughout the semester. Weekend events are primarily social and provide opportunities to relax and interact with friends.

Is there an eruv on campus?

There is an eruv that surrounds the entire Stony Brook campus and much of the surrounding community. It is checked weekly on Thursdays.For information on the eruv and a map click here. If you have questions about the status of the eruv, please contact Rabbi Joseph Topek. 

What happens on campus for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur?

Classes at Stony Brook University will be in session for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  We offer both Orthodox and Conservative services on campus which are open to students, faculty, staff and community members. We are also prepared to offer meals for students, which will be held on campus throughout the high holidays. Students planning to attend the services, should obtain a FREE ticket from the Snyder Hillel Center. Click here for more information. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Does Hillel affiliate with any one particular denomination of Judaism?

NO! Stony Brook Hillel’s mission is to empower the next generation of Jewish leaders so that they may enrich and strengthen OUR Jewish future.  But more than that, our goal is to create a broad community of Jewish students who will feel encouraged to connect to one another, to Judaism and to Jewish values.  We welcome students of all of all backgrounds and affiliations. 

How do I get involved?

You can be involved on any level you choose! Join us at daily events or stop by The Snyder Hillel Center anytime to relax, chat or study.

Be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter to learn about the latest Hillel news! For the most up to date information on programs like our Facebook page.

Hillel's growth and development are dependent on the strength of our student leadership. Click here to learn about opportunities for student leadership.

I am Jewish but I am not religious and I don't really know much about Judaism. Can I still be part of Hillel?

Of course! We welcome everyone at Hillel, regardless of religious background. If you'd like to learn more about Judaism we have many opportunities for Jewish Learning. In addition, we also have many exciting social and cultural programs as well.

Do you offer jobs or internships?

We offer several internship opportunities at Stony Brook Hillel, which include our Soroff Israel Fellowship and our Peer Network Engagement Internship. Hiring for these opportunities takes place in April and appointments are for the following academic year. Click here to learn more. 

Who works at Hillel?

Click here to learn more about our experienced staff.

What does Hillel offer for each Jewish Holiday?

For a brief overview of our holiday programming check out our Holidays at Hillel page.

Is there a specific place for observant students to live on campus?

There is no campus housing that is designated for any particular group. All of the buildings on campus have electronic card entry. Any student who is Shabbat observant should request a building that also has "Sabbath key access". This will allow you to check out a manual key for use on one designated door on Shabbat and other holidays. The entire campus is within an eruv.

Observant students should avoid requesting to live in Nobel Halls because they have sensors for temperature and other controls that cannot be overridden so we advise students not to live in those buildings. If you have any questions please contact the Division of Campus Residences.

I keep kosher. Which meal plan should I purchase?

Kosher dining on campus does not accept "meals" from the meal plan, however they DO accept "dining dollars". If you are a student that keeps Kosher you will need to select the special dietary restrictions section when you are signing up for your meal plan to enroll in the "Declining Balance Meal Plan" (basically a meal plan that only gives students dinning dollars). First year students are required by the university to have a meal plan. First year students who keep Kosher should elect to a plan that is labeled as a "Declining Balance Meal Plan" that includes dinning dollars only. Upperclassmen will be able to purchase any meal plan and should not have any difficulty enrolling in the "dinning dollars only" meal plan. 

If you have any issues with meal plan enrollment please call the Meal Plan Office at (631)632-6517 for assistance. 

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