Who We Are

The Center for Jewish Living is an entirely student-run organization comprised of a residence hall and a programming board dedicated to running campus-wide religious, social and cultural events. Together with Cornell Dining, the CJL is proud to be a partner in the Kosher Dining program at Cornell. Most importantly, the CJL is a warm and inviting community that is a home away from home for countless students.


Welcome to the Cornell Center for Jewish Living!  The CJL is a vibrant community of observant Jews at Cornell centered around the CJL House at 106 West Ave.  CJL members come from different states, from New York to California, have different majors, from Computer Science to Food Science, and have different religious backgrounds but all share a deep value for Judaism and a desire to make the Jewish community a vital part of their college experience.  CJL members participate in social programming (paintball, movie nights, boating) and religious programming (shiurim, night seder, tishes).  They take advantage of our extensive Kosher Dining program that features two hot kosher kitchens (104 West! and It’s Kosher!) as well as packaged sandwiches and salads available across campus.  They attend our weekly Shabbat dinners at 104 West! and often live in the Center for Jewish Living as upperclassmen.

The Center for Jewish Living (a.k.a. “The House”) is a wonderful housing option for Jewish Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.  Located less than a block away from campus, a block away from the Hillel offices, and ten feet away from the kosher dining hall, 104 West!, the CJL is at the social and religious center of the Cornell Jewish Community.  It’s a fun, friendly place to live and spend time after graduating from freshman North-campus housing.  For more information online, please explore our pages on Religious LifeHousingDining, and Programming.

For the CJL’s official constitution, click here