Prospective Students

If you’re a prospective student, we hope to welcome you to campus! The Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life is directly next to the Waidner Admissions House, so make sure to stop by and say hello. If you want to schedule a tour of the Asbell Center ahead of time or would like to have lunch with a student, make sure to email For specific questions, you’re also welcome to email If you’re visiting on a Friday, you’re welcome to stay for Shabbat. We look forward to meeting you!

Frequently Asked Questions

How many Jewish students attend Dickinson?
About 8-10% of the student body identifies as Jewish.

Is there kosher dining on campus?
We have a kosher/vegan entree line, called the KOVE, in our main dining hall. It is under the supervision of Rabbi Marley Weiner, Executive Director of the Asbell Center for Jewish Life.

Are there local synagogues?
Yes. Congregation Beth Tikvah is located in Carlisle and uses the Asbell Center. There are also a number of synagogues in Harrisburg, only 30 minutes away.

Are there resources for Jewish first-years?
Yes! Find out more about first-year engagement at Hillel here.

Do you do High Holiday services, have a Passover seder, or build a sukkah?
Yes to all! We partner with the Asbell Center for many of these. More info can be found on the Experience Hillel and Holidays pages, as well as on the Asbell website.

Is there Greek life on campus? Are there Jewish Greek organizations?
Dickinson does have some Greek life organizations, but there are no Jewish Greek organizations. While they’re in no way the same thing, we do have Achim (a club for men) and Rosh Chodesh (a club for women) at the Asbell Center.

Is Hebrew or Judaic Studies offered at Dickinson?
Yes to both! Learn more about the Judaic Studies department here.

Does Dickinson have study abroad programs in Israel?
Yes! Dickinson has study abroad partner programs with Ben-Gurion University, Hebrew University, and the Arava Institute. Learn more here.

Additionally, Judaic Studies majors and minors can study “abroad” at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York City. Learn more here.