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 Life, Housing, Dining, and Programming.
To fully experience what the CJL has to offer, we highly recommend making a visit to Cornell! We are enthusiastic about our community and love hosting and meeting prospective students.
Prospective Student Shabbaton
Every Fall and Spring, the CJL hosts a free Shabbaton for students interested in experiencing a Shabbat at Cornell. Prospective students stay with CJL members on North Campus or with residents of the CJL, and experience Shabbat meals, Shabbat services, an official Cornell Campus tour, and a fun motzei-shabbat activity (e.g. The Chai Notes a cappella concert).
If the prospective students shabbaton is not ideal for you, come visit any Shabbat or any day of the year! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name, high school, and planned major if you have one and we’ll match you with a host involved in the Jewish community. If you visit for just a day, please stop by 104 West! and the CJL at 104 and 106 West Ave, Ithaca, NY, 14850. We hope to see you soon!