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Q: Where is the Florence & Chafetz Hillel House located?
A: The new Florence & Chafetz Hillel House is located at 213 Bay State Road, right in the middle of the Boston University Campus.
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Q: How many Jewish students are on campus?
A: There are about 3,500 Jewish undergraduates, out of about 18,000 students.
Q: What kinds of activities occur at the Hillel?
A: Hillel, Boston University’s center for Jewish life, is the largest, most exciting, and most versatile organization on campus due to its integral connections to student social, cultural, educational, political, and religious life. Throughout the academic year there are hundreds of programs that are run in the Florence & Chafetz Hillel House and throughout campus. In addition, there are numerous satellite groups that focus on specific interests of students.
Q: How do I join Hillel?
A: Hillel is not a club to join, but rather an open community where students can freely discuss and experience their Jewish identity. However, we request that students register with us so we can email students about all the events and programs we sponsor.
Q: Is there anything to do at Hillel if no events or programs are going on?
A: YES!!!!! The Florence & Chafetz Hillel House features several lounges with plasma TVs and game tables, as well as a group practice/study space. There are also several computer stations, as well as wireless internet throughout the whole building. Students can also enjoy the Kosher dining hall with a beautiful view of the Charles River, as well as the Granby Street Café which serves various snacks, sandwiches and beverages.
Q: So, is there Kosher food available at Hillel?
A: The Hillel Dining Hall is located on the third floor of the Florence & Chafetz Hillel House. It features meat and dairy kitchens that alternate throughout the week. Lunch and dinner are served Monday through Saturday, and it’s the best in town. The Granby Street Café is located on the lobby of the Florence & Chafetz Hillel House and serves various snacks, sandwiches and beverages. Click here to learn more about Hillel Dining.
Q: How are holidays celebrated at Hillel?
A: The student-run Religious Life Council, along with Hillel professional staff, plan for all Jewish holidays. We provide Reform, Conservative and Orthodox services for all major holidays, as well as Shabbat. There are also special holiday and festival meals that students can sign up for.
Q: The Florence & Chafetz Hillel House seems like a really great place. Can I rent it out for an event or meeting?
A: Absolutely. The Florence & Chafetz Hillel House can be rented for meetings, conferences, and lifecycle events. Please contact Susan Sloane for inquiries.
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