Frequently Asked Questions

I’m visiting campus, and I would like to stay at a hotel nearby. Do you have any recommendations?

Quality Inn: 4105 Vestal Parkway East, (607)-729-6371

Residence Inn: 4610 Vestal Parkway East, (607)-770-7500

Doubletree: 225 Water Street, (607)-722-7575

Holiday Inn Express & Suites: 3615 Vestal Parkway East, (607)-348-0088

I'm thinking about applying to Binghamton and would like to visit campus.

Great idea! If you are considering coming to Binghamton it’s a good idea to visit campus and get a taste of what life is like here. In addition to getting an official campus tour, Hillel can arrange for you to meet with students who can tell you more about Jewish life on campus. The Hillel staff would also be happy to meet with you during your visit. Feel free to e-mail us at or call us at 607-777-3424. 

How many Jewish Students are on-campus?

There are about 3,500 Jews on campus. This is approximately 30% of the Binghamton student population (and the highest percentage of Jews in any public university in the US!).

How do I join Hillel?

Hillel at Binghamton has no formal membership. Our Hillel isn’t an organization that students belong to – Hillel belongs to them. Anyone can attend Hillel’s programs, and any student who signs up for Hillel’s weekly newsletter, News for Jews, is eligible to serve on and vote for any leadership position. 

Where is Binghamton Hillel located on-campus?

Binghamton Hillel is located in University Union West, Room 208B. Click here to download a map.

Does Binghamton University have an OU-JLIC Rabbi?

Yes!  Rabbi Akiva Dovid Weiss, Director of the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus, can be reached at  

Is Hillel a particular type of Judaism?

Hillel at Binghamton is a pluralistic Jewish organization and all types of Jews are active in the organization.

There are three student groups that represent the major movements in Judaism: Reform Jews of Hillel (RJH), KOACH (Conservative), and OU-JLIC (Orthodox). 


What sort of events does Hillel at Binghamton host?

Check out the calendar of events to see past, present, and future activities. We always welcome new ideas and initiatives.

Is there a place for students to chill and study at Hillel?

Hillel's main office is a haven for students who are waiting in between classes and want to socialize with the Hillel staff and other Jewish students. Hillel also has a student lounge on the third floor of University Union West, room UUW-301, which contains a Beit Midrash (house of study and prayer) with Jewish books and literature on various subjects. 

Is kosher food available on campus?

Yes! Each on-campus dining hall features a Kosher Korner serving freshly packaged sandwiches and salads that can be purchased on the regular university meal plan. In addition there is a Kosher Kitchen located in the C4 Dining Hall, which is a full-service section of the dining facility that serves glatt kosher food for each meal. Breakfast and lunch are dairy meals and Dinner is meat, and food at the Kosher Kitchen can also be purchased with a regular university meal plan. The Kosher Kitchen is open six days a week and is closed on Saturdays. For more information, visit the website of Sodexo, the university’s food provider. The Red Mango in the Marketplace is now under the hashgacha of Rabbi Akiva Dovid Weiss. 

Does Binghamton University offer Judaic Studies courses?

Yes! Binghamton offers a major and minor in Judaic Studies, as well as a minor in Hebrew. For more information, visit the department’s website.

Are there Shabbat services on campus?

Yes. Reform Jews of Hillel, KOACH, and OU-JLIC each have student led services every Friday night. For service times and locations, visit the calendar.

Does Hillel host Shabbat meals?

Yes. Hillel hosts a free weekly Shabbat meal each Friday night. Approximately 200 students attend this meal each week, so join us and bring your friends! Our Shabbat dinner begins with a communal singing of Shalom Aleichem followed by traditional hand-washing and blessings over the wine and challah. Students share insightful stories and words of wisdom prior to the meal. Soup and salad are served in addition to the main course, which includes chicken, vegetables, rice, and a vegetarian option. Dessert and singing follow the meal at the weekly oneg. For Shabbat dinner time and location, visit the calendar.

Is it okay to just come for dinner without going to a service on Friday night?

Yes! Many students attend dinner without attending a service before.

What do people wear to services or dinner?

You are welcome to dress as you like – some students arrive for services or dinner directly from class and are comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt while some students may choose to dress in formal clothing for Shabbat.

How do I get involved?

Hillel at Binghamton is home to 17 sub-organizations such as the Committee for Social Justice and Bearcats for Israel.

Check out our calendar and a sample semester program guide.

Bearcats for Israel
Challah for Hunger 
Major Events
Committee for Social Justice
3rd Generation Survivors Group 
First Year Students of Hillel (FYSH)
Senior Programming
Greek Engagement
Reform Jews of Hillel (RJH)
Red Sea Pedestrians 

How can first year students get involved in Hillel?

The first way to get involved with Hillel at Binghamton is to participate in FreshFest, a retreat for Jewish freshmen and transfer students. For details on this program, click here. Additionally, throughout the year, FYSH (First Year Students of Hillel) hosts programs specifically for freshmen to get orientated to Binghamton.

I am interested in going to Israel. Can Hillel help me get there?

Hillel at Binghamton and Hillel International host several trips to Israel. Specifically, Hillel at Binghamton sponsors Taglit-Birthright trips to Israel during both winter and summer breaks for Binghamton students. If you are a Jewish student between the ages of 18-26 and have not been on a peer Israel trip, you may be eligible for this free trip. There are also additional opportunities for travel or study in Israel beyond Birthright. 

Can I make a donation to Hillel at Binghamton?

Thank you for your support! Contributions to Hillel at Binghamton can be made here.

I’m not Jewish but I’m impressed with a lot of the things Hillel does on campus. Would I be welcome?

While some of Hillel at Binghamton’s programs are intended primarily for the Jewish community at Binghamton, most of what Hillel does serves the entire university community. Non-Jewish students get involved in Hillel for the same reasons that so many Jewish students do – they are fun, exciting, important and look good on your resume when you apply to graduate and professional schools. Jewish students bring their non-Jewish friends to our program or Friday night Shabbat dinner to be a part of what Hillel has to offer to the campus community. Several programs may be limited to Jewish students only based on the organizers parameters for involvement, such as Taglit-Birthright Israel. 

Does Binghamton University have an eruv?

Yes! The Shalom Staiman Binghamton University Eruv encloses the university campus as well as off campus housing communities. 


Are there classes about Israel offered by the university?

Yes! The new minor in Israel Studies allows students to study the history, politics, literature, and culture of Modern Israel. 


What is the Hillel at Binghamton Whistleblower Policy?


Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life (Hillel) has adopted the Code of Conduct (“Code”) contained herein that requires directors, officers and employees to observe high standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct of their Hillel duties and responsibilities.  It is the responsibility of all directors, officers and employees to report violations or suspected violations of the Code in accordance with this Whistleblower Policy.  No director, officer or employee, who in good faith, reports a violation of the Code shall suffer harassment, retaliation or adverse employment consequence.

Code of Conduct:

The directors, officers and employees of Hillel are expected to adhere to high standards of ethical conduct.  Although it is impossible to describe all conduct that is to be addressed, this policy specifically requires the following:

  1. Honest and ethical conduct, including the ethical handling of actual or apparent conflicts of interest between personal and professional relationships, including, but not limited to those disclosable under Hillel’s Conflict of Interest Policy.
  2. Full, fair, accurate, and timely disclosure of relevant facts in all reports and documents dealing with matters of program services, governance and business administration.
  3. Compliance with all applicable governmental laws, rules and regulations;
  4. Prompt internal reporting of Code violations to an appropriate person or persons within the organization.
  5. Personal accountability for adherence to the Code.


Reporting Violations:

Employees who suspect that the Code of Conduct has been violated shall report their concerns in writing to someone who can address them properly.  In most cases, an employee's supervisor is the best position to address an area of concern.  Where the reporter is not comfortable speaking with a supervisor or is not satisfied with a supervisor's response, he/she shall speak with an Executive Campus Liaison in the Campus Operations Department, the Head of Campus Operations, or the Head of the Human Resources Department.  Directors, supervisors and managers shall report suspected violations to the Compliance Officer (chair of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors) directly.

Hillel International’s Chief Talent Officer or Chief Campus Officer are both available to receive whistleblower calls from both employees and trustees.  Contact information is phone 202-449-6526 and email:


Compliance Officer:

The Compliance Officer (chair of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors) is responsible for investigating and resolving all reported complaints and allegations concerning suspected violations of the Code.  The Compliance Officer shall advise the Chair of the Board of Directors, the President and/or the Audit Committee when, in his/her discretion, the complaint entails a significant risk to Hillel.  The Compliance Officer shall report to the Audit Committee at least annually on compliance activity.  In the event that a reported concern or complaint involves corporate accounting practices, internal controls or auditing, the Compliance Officer shall immediately notify the Audit Committee of the complaint and work with the committee until the matter is resolved.


Acting in Good Faith:

Anyone who files a complaint concerning a suspected violation of the Code must have reasonable grounds for believing the information disclosed is true and correct. Unsubstantiated allegations that prove to have been made maliciously or without factual basis will be viewed as a serious disciplinary offense.



Reports may be submitted on a confidential basis or anonymously. Reports of violations or suspected violations will be kept confidential to the extent possible, consistent with the need to conduct an adequate investigation.


Handling of Reported Violations:

The Compliance Officer will notify the sender and acknowledge receipt of the reported violation or suspected violation within five business days.  All reports will be promptly investigated and appropriate corrective action will be taken if warranted by the investigation.


No Retaliation:

No director, officer or employee who, in good faith reports a violation of the Code shall suffer harassment, retaliation or adverse employment consequence as a result of such report.



The above Whistle Blower Policy was approved at the Hillel: Foundation for Jewish Campus Life Board of Directors meeting held in Austin, Texas on April, 27th 2009

The policy was adapted for Hillel at Binghamton effective May 20, 2014.

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