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Princeton Jewish Community Resources

Jewish Services on Campus

Members of the local Jewish community are welcome at the following minyans and services  held on Princeton's campus.


The Yavneh community holds minyan daily for students, staff & faculty as well as local community members.

See more information about  Yavneh’s daily minyan.

Conservative Community  Egalitarian Shabbat morning minyan 

We meet Shabbat morning for an egalitarian and traditional service with full Torah reading led by members of the minyan. Following the Torah reading, a participant leads a discussion of the parshah.  After the service, we enjoy chatting over a light kiddush. Open to those affiliated with Princeton University, as well as the larger Princeton community.

For more information about the minyan and our schedule, please contact Martha Himmelfarb,  

Zamru’s monthly Friday night services (Independent/Musical).

See the Prayer page for details and service times. Faculty and staff are welcome at all High Holiday services on campus. 


Resources in the Local Jewish Community

To learn more about Jewish life in Princeton, please reach out to Rabbi Gil Steinlauf.


The Princeton area is home to many synagogues, most of which offer family programming and educational opportunities for children. For a full directory of nearby synagogues, see this guide from the New Jersey Jewish News

The Jewish Center

Nassau Street, Princeton

Rabbi Andrea (Andi Merow)


Family Life and Childhood Education 

The Pre-School at Beth Chaim 

A warm, welcoming creative Jewish environment with a focus on academics through play, this pre-school is about 6 miles from Princeton’s campus. 

JCC Abrams Camp

This Jewish camp offers summer programming for kids from pre-kindergarten (age 4) through 10th grade. It is located 11 miles from Princeton’s campus. 


Shabbat Katan

Many faculty and staff members bring their young children to The Jewish Center’s monthly Shabbat Katan, an interactive service geared towards preschool-aged children and their families. Membership is not required for this program. The Jewish Center is less than a mile from campus. 


Gesher LeKesher

Princeton is home to a local branch of this national teen mentoring and leadership program, which invites high school juniors and seniors to participate in Jewish learning, meaningful discussion, and community building with younger students.  

JFCS of Greater Mercer County

Give or get help from this local branch of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, a nonprofit community agency with a wide range of social services and programs.


Kosher Food

Princeton is fortunate to have access to many nearby grocery stores with large kosher sections. In particular, ShopRite of Lawrenceville has an ample supply of fresh challah and kosher meats in a dedicated kosher area:

ShopRite of Lawrenceville 

3373 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648
(609) 275 - 8555

Other nearby grocery stores, such as McCaffrey’s, Wegman’s, and Trader Joe’s, carry many kosher products as well. 


Princeton is home to an eruv, a symbolic joining of separate domains that allows observant Jews to carry on Shabbat. The eruv wraps around the entire university campus and much of the town. See here for more information on the eruv and here for a detailed map.