Frequently Asked Questions

Does AU have kosher dining?


The AU campus is home to a kosher deli called the District Pickle, which is open for lunch and dinner Monday-Thursday and lunch on Friday. There is also a kosher station in the university's Terrace Dining Room (TDR). Hillel offers a free, kosher Shabbat dinner each Friday night, plus kosher meals for many holidays and other occasions. We also have a controlled-access kosher kitchen in the McDowell Residence Hall, which Hillel students use throughout the year to bake challah, make matzah ball soup, and much more!




How many Jewish students attend AU?


American University is home to approximately 1600 undergraduates, 20% of the student body.




Is there a Hillel building at AU?


Hillel's offices are housed in the Kay Spiritual Life Center, the interfaith building that was constructed through the vision and generosity of AU’s first Jewish trustee. While our offices are in the Kay Center, we conduct programs all over campus and maintain a kosher kitchen in the McDowell Residence Hall.




Can prospective students meet Hillel staff or students when they visit campus, or even stay overnight with a Jewish student?


Our staff and students are always excited to meet prospective students considering AU! Please contact us in advance of your visit to schedule a meeting. We are happy to try and arrange an overnight stay with a current Jewish student, but the schedule of our students determines when this is or is not possible.





American University Hillel

Kay Spiritual Life Center

4400 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, DC 20016

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