All food served at Tufts Hillel programs and events is kosher. We have two kosher kitchens in the Granoff Family Hillel Center and prepare kosher meals for Friday night dinner, holiday meals, and festive occasions. Our kitchens are operated through a partnership with Tufts Dining Services. Rabbi Naftali Brawer, along with student Kashrut Supervisors, provide guidance on kosher standards.
Shabbat and Holidays
Shabbat and holiday meals are a chance for students to step off the rushing freight train of the week into a little bit of calm and peace. We welcome everyone to join us as we sing, eat, and connect to traditions that remind us of family and home communities.
Shabbat dinner is served every Friday evening at Hillel. A strict vegetarian meal option is always available to students who do not eat meat or poultry. Students on meal plans may use one meal as payment for dinner at Hillel. Otherwise, Hillel is happy to cover the cost of your meal.
Kosher meals are served on Rosh Hashanah as well as the Yom Kippur pre-fast and break-the-fast meals. Tickets are required.
Passover may be observed at Tufts in a number of ways. Tufts Hillel sponsors Seders for both the first and second nights of Passover. Students must purchase tickets in advance. We provide several additional free kosher for Passover meals during the week. Students observing the holiday will also find a variety of kosher for Passover foods in the dining halls.
Kosher On Campus
Many students enjoy Pax et Lox, a glatt kosher deli located on the lower level of the Campus Center.
Supervised and certified by the Rabbinical Council of New England (known locally as The Vaad), the deli offers a variety of hot and cold meals, made-to-order sandwiches and other delicious food inspired by traditional New York delis that can be purchased for take-out Monday through Thursday.
Meals can be purchased using a meal plan, Jumbo Cash, cash, or credit cards. Meal Plan holders can use one swipe in the deli followed by another swipe to make one visit to Carmichael or Dewick dining halls during the meal period.
In addition to Pax et Lox, Tufts Dining provides strict vegetarian and vegan options. The dishes at the dining halls are not under rabbinic supervision.