Faculty & Staff | Center for Jewish Life

Faculty & Staff

Princeton University is home to hundreds of Jewish faculty and staff members of varying backgrounds and affiliations, from secular/cultural to traditionally observant. The Center for Jewish Life aims to provide support and opportunities to build community among this diverse group.

We would love to welcome you to the local Jewish community and tell you more about Jewish life in Princeton. Please reach out.
To be added to our email list for Jewish Faculty and Staff, please email Orly Chesney with the subject “Add to Faculty/Staff List.”

Connect with Jewish Faculty

Faculty Programming: The Center for Jewish Life periodically offers opportunities for learning and discussion among faculty and staff members. Contact Orly Chesney  for the upcoming program schedule.

Faculty Advisory Group

Convened in 2019, the CJL Faculty Advisory Group exists to engage faculty in conversations about Jewish life on campus and to create connections between Jewish faculty. The group meets twice a year to discuss sensitive and strategic issues faced by the CJL, including pluralism and diversity, anti-Semitism, Jewish enrollment, and faculty engagement. There will not be any solicitation or donation expectation associated with this group. If you would like to learn more or become involved, please contact Rabbi Julie Roth.


Faculty Fellows Program

The CJL recently piloted a CJL Faculty Fellows program on the model of the residential college fellows program.  In order to facilitate connections between faculty and students, those who participate in the Faculty Advisory Group or the CJL Board of Directors receive a certain number of free meals per semester at the CJL’s kosher dining hall.  When eating at the CJL, faculty are asked to either sit with students (spontaneously or planned in advance) or bring someone with them who would not normally come to the CJL.  These faculty members and their families are also invited for Shabbat meals. 

UPDATE: This program is currently on hold for the 2020 Fall semester due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Jewish Services on Campus

The Center for Jewish Life holds regular Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox services that are geared mainly towards students. Faculty and staff are welcome to join Yavneh’s daily minyan (Orthodox), the Egalitarian Shabbat morning minyan (Conservative -- email Martha Himmelfarb for more information), and Zamru’s monthly Friday night services (Independent/Musical). See the Prayer page for details and service times. 

UPDATE: This program is currently on hold for the 2020 Fall semester due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Faculty and staff are welcome at all High Holiday services on campus. See the High Holiday page for details on this year’s schedule.


Resources in the Local Jewish Community

To learn more about Jewish life in Princeton, please reach out to Rabbi Julie Roth or faculty member Peter Ozsvath. Below are some of the local resources with which faculty and staff members are involved.


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. Here are a few communities that faculty and staff members frequent, along with a Princeton faculty/staff contact you can email to hear more firsthand. 

The Jewish Center


FMI: Rabbi Julie Roth (Executive Director, Center for Jewish Life - Princeton Hillel) 



FMI: Mark Braverman (Professor, Computer Science) and Anna Braverman (Psychologist, Counseling and Psychological Services) 

Congregation Beth Chaim


FMI: Mindy Lipman (Business Manager, Astrophysical Sciences)

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.