The Orthodox community at UCLA is largely student led. Official posts currently include president, interns, a Gabbai, a Beit Midrash librarian, and a woman’s chair.
Housing at UCLA
Many Orthodox students live at home, within a ten mile radius of campus. The majority of Orthodox students living on campus live either in the Bayit, a Jewish co-op a few blocks from campus, the dorms or in private apartments in Westwood Village.
Shabbat at UCLA
Shabbat on campus is a highlight of the Orthodox life on campus. Rather than a weekly exodus every Friday, there is an influx of energy and excitement as commuter students are hosted by their ‘on-campus' friends to join an experience uniquely suited for college-aged members of the Orthodox community.
Following services on Friday night, the Orthodox community partakes in a Kiddush, with Zemiros and socializing before dinner. Students then join the rest of the Hillel community for a free dinner and educational or social program, followed by dessert, ping-pong and shmoozing in the Coffee Bean lounge on the first floor of Hillel. Shabbat morning begins with services at Hillel and is followed by another free, catered meal. Hillel remains open for students to enjoy the building, spending the afternoon, learning, socializing or playing ping-pong or pool with each other. There is an Eruv that encompasses the entire campus as well as the residence halls and off campus housing.
There is an Eruv that encompasses the entire campus as well as the residence halls and off campus housing.
Kosher dining at UCLA
A Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf is located on the first floor of Hillel, where students can purchase cold and hot drinks, snacks and bagels throughout the week. There is a kosher meat restaurant that operates out of Hillel Monday through Thursday during lunch that offers a diverse array of fresh food that can be purchased on the spot or as part of a Hillel meal plan. Pre-packaged kosher sandwiches are sold on campus and near the residence halls. All meals are certified by the RCC.
Find out more at ucla.hillel.org!