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CJL’s staff and student leaders are here to be a resource for all freshmen and their families. We hope the links below will help you navigate through this new adventure and we welcome you to reach out to us with any additional questions you may have.

Jubilee: Princeton's Journal of Jewish Thought and Expression - Volume 3

In this issue of Jubilee, CJL students examine the power of music in the Holocaust, outline the role that emotionally charged language played in efforts to legitimize medieval Jewish courts, tease out an underlying philosophy found in both Middle Persian and Talmudic literature, examine the development of pluralistic American Judaism. highlight the ways in which Zionism impacted the message of Jewish representation through the opera The Eternal Road, and finally, on a more creative note, draw the connection between music and prayer through an elegant free verse poem. CLICK HERE TO READ THE JOURNAL 


STUDENTS High Holidays 2022 / 5783

Join the Center for Jewish Life as we celebrate the High Holidays.  We will be holding in-person Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Services for Princeton students, faculty and staff and community members. Princeton current undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to join CJL for festive, traditional and kosher Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur meals. *Students not on a Princeton university meal plan will be subsidized by Center for Jewish Life. 

Gift from Karen and David Mandelbaum '57 names new dining facility at CJL

May 26, 2022 by Advancement Communications

David Mandelbaum ’57 and his wife, Karen Mandelbaum, have made a gift to the Center for Jewish Life at Princeton University as part of the Venture Forward campaign that will make possible renovation and expansion of the center’s main kitchen and dining facilities. The Mandelbaum Family Dining Pavilion will allow the Center for Jewish Life to serve a student population that has increased significantly since it opened nearly 30 years ago.

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf '91 becomes new Exec. Dir.

Marc Mehl '87  CJL Board Chair announced new executive director in this letter to the community on May 24, 2022. 

I am delighted to share with you that Rabbi Gil Steinlauf '91, will be joining the Center for Jewish Life as our new Executive Director this summer. Rabbi Gil is a Princeton alumnus who has dedicated his life to teaching, inspiring leaders, and creating a vibrant Jewish community.

CJL Admissions Video

Want to learn more about exploring Jewish life at Princeton? Get the inside scoop about Jewish life on campus from Rabbi Julie Roth, Executive Director and the people who know best, our amazing Center for Jewish Life (CJL) student leaders!