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Jewish Life

Q: How many Jewish students are there on campus? What is Jewish life like here at East Carolina University?

A: There are approximately 70 Jewish students at East Carolina, about 1% of the campus population. Jewish students are an active, dynamic part of both Hillel and the campus community. We are motivated, diverse and energetic, just as is the general student body at East Carolina University. There exist many opportunities for a student to become involved with Jewish life - from cultural arts to Israel advocacy to social justice to religious life - and students are also encouraged to pursue their own innovations and ideas.

Q: How connected is the Hillel to the University community?

A: Hillel is integrated into the University community through its 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.

Q: What kind of student programs and groups does Hillel sponsor on campus?

A: There are a wide variety of student groups sponsored by the East Carolina Hillel. Students are encouraged to pursue their ideas, take the initiative, as well as get involved with existing projects and groups.

Q: What kind of Shabbat programming do you provide?

A: There are regular Friday night services led by Congregation Bayt Shalom. Services are followed by dinner and an oneg with desserts and soda. Several times a semester, there is a visiting speaker or a discussion following dinner.

Q: Is there a Kosher Meal Plan on Campus?

A: No, at this time the University does not support a kosher meal plan, through which students can opt for kosher food and still eat in the regular dining hall(s).

Q: What is the Judaic Studies Department like at East Carolina university?

A: The Judaic Studies department is a growing and dynamic part of the University with respected and interesting faculty members. The department offers a variety of classes, including Hebrew, history, literature, and others. Faculty are supportive and accessible. At this time, Judiac Studies serves in association with the Ethnic Studies department.