Housing and Dining at Hopkins

Johns Hopkins is different than your traditional school with a large Jewish population. While we have just as many resources available to Orthodox students as larger schools, we enjoy a more integrated lifestyle with the greater Hopkins community. Our meals and housing are not separate, but mixed in with the larger Blue Jay family. We make it easy and fun to live a Shomer Shabbat and Shomer kashrut lifestyle without sacrificing life in the Hopkins environment.

Johns Hopkins University has one of the most integrated Kosher dining plans in the country!

  • The Kosher Meal Plan, provided through the University’s food service provider, allows students to eat full, hot, kosher meals while enjoying the company of friends who may or may not keep kosher.
  • Ta’am Tov, located inside the Fresh Food Café, serves daily hot lunch and dinner with ample choices of entrées, sides, salads, and desserts, all under the strict supervision of the Orthodox Union.
  • Every year, two Sukkot are built on campus: one in Hillel, the other right next to the dining hall.
  • For more information on the Kosher dining program, please visit the University dining site.

Shabbat and Holiday meals at Hopkins are the highlight of the week!

  • Shabbat meals are served every week at Hillel, provided by an OU-certified caterer.
  • We have many themed Shabbatot, which put an interesting twist on a traditional meal.
  • To sign up for a Shabbat and Holiday meal plan, available from Hillel, please click here or contact Hillel.

Housing at Hopkins is Shabbat-friendly!

  • All dorm buildings have Sabbath access lists, where students can sign up for non-electronic access to their dorms for Shabbat and Holidays.
  • The campus housing office and security team are very understanding of the needs of shomer Shabbat students, and are very accommodating.

Is there any way to get a shomer Shabbat or shomer kashrut roommate?

  • While the University does not accept roommate requests based on religious preference, they do allow applicants to request a specific person.