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Chabad at the U of M
1121 University Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Co-Directors: Rabbi Yitzi and Chavi Steiner

We are a home away from home to serve the Jewish students in any way we can. We live on campus to bring Jewish life through Shabbat dinners, holiday programs, Jewish social events and one-on-one studying.


Hamline University — Department of Religion
1536 Hewitt Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104
Department Chair: Mark Berkson

Hamline’s Religion Department offers a rigorous examination of the major world religions, as well as courses in comparative religion and a range of special topics. Courses in Jewish studies include Introduction to Judaism, Jewish Ethics, Hebrew Bible and topics in Jewish history and literature.


Minnesota Hillel: The Jewish Student Center
1521 University Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Executive Director: Benjamin (Benjie) Kaplan

Hillel’s mission: To enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduates and graduates students, so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Hillel empowers Jewish university students to build a positive sense of Jewish identity and serves as a Jewish resource for university students of all faiths and backgrounds. We offer a myriad of programs from social to community service, travel — including participating in an annual Taglit-Birthright trip — and leadership and internship opportunities. Visit: for more information about how you can support Jewish students on campus, or find us on Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date on all the great things happening on campus.


Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave., Mail 97G
St. Paul, MN 55105
Director: Dr. John C. Merkle,
Assistant Director: Hans Gustafson,
Interfaith Conversations Special Consultant: Rabbi Amy Eilberg,
Interfaith Arts Special Consultant: David Jordan Harris,

The center is a joint enterprise of the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul and Minneapolis) and St. John’s University (Collegeville). Its mission is to promote interfaith learning, friendship and service. It supports a chair in Jewish studies and classes at both universities, and sponsors a host of interfaith activities.


Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) — Scholarship Services
13100 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 400
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Fax: 952-593-1778

JFCS administers a number of scholarship funds for postsecondary education. Applications are accepted Nov. 1 through March 31 each year.


St. Cloud State University — Religious Studies
720 Fourth Ave. S.
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Director: Rabbi Joseph A. Edelheit


University of Minnesota — Center for Jewish Studies
150B Nicholson Hall
216 Pillsbury Dr. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Fax: 612-624-4579
Director: Riv-Ellen Prell

The Center for Jewish Studies, part of the university’s College of Liberal Arts, is dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of Jewish culture and history. Our focus is threefold: research, education and outreach.

(Updated 02.09.17)

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