Jewish Life at The University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign

Hillel is currently housed in its new, state of the art home, the Margie K. and Louis N. Cohen “Center for Jewish Life” at 503 E. John St. in Champaign. Phone: 217-344-1328. Website:
Hillel offers a wide variety of opportunity for every Jewish student, from every movement and background: social events, Israel trips, community service projects, formal or informal Jewish learning, religious services, kosher food or just hanging out with other Jews at Hillel.

Other Jewish Organizations in Urbana Champaign:
Champaign Urbana Jewish Federation: 503 E. John Street, Champaign, IL 61820. Phone: 217-367-9872. Website:
JET (Jewish Education Team): 809 Main St. Urbana. Phone: 773-574-2056. Website:

Chabad – 509 S Fourth St. in Champaign. Phone: 217-355-8672. Website:

University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign Program in Jewish Culture and Society. Phone: 217-333-7978. Website:

There is a brand new beautiful new Mikvah. For more details-

Kosher Food

The Cohen Center for Jewish Life has CRC (Chicago Rabbinical Council) certified kosher Meat and Dairy kitchens. We offer a variety of opportunities for kosher meals and dining!

• Kosher  hot lunches Monday-Thursday at Cafe Sababa
•Free breakfast following 7:30 Shacharit Sunday-Friday
• Free Shabbat Dinner
• Free Saturday Kiddush, Lunch & Seudah Shlishit (Third Meal)
• Sunday Bagel Brunch
• OU-JLIC Sunday Night Learning on Sunday evenings
• OU-JLIC Lunch & Learn on Monday afternoons
• Zionist Food For Thought always serves fresh hot kosher pizza!
• All Hillel Programming with food will always have a kosher option!

Shabbat meal times at Hillel:
Friday night dinner: 7:30 PM (Winter – 6:30PM)
Shabbat Lunch: 12:30pm
Seudah Shelishit: About 20 minutes before sunset
If you’re in town during school breaks and need a Shabbos meal, please contact us at

Allen Hall
Allen Hall offers kosher meals under the supervision of Rabbi Dovid Tiechtel. Open Monday-Thursday from 4:45-6:15pm for hot dinner served cafeteria style. You can use your i-card for meal credits or pay at the front desk. For more information please see:

6-Pack Late Night
‘Late Night’ at the 6-Pack sells a variety of food including many kosher products including:
• Deli style sliced meat: Turkey Pastrami & Smoked Turkey Breast
• Hot Dog packs
• Microwave Dinners
• Ramen Noodle Soup
• Personal Sized Parve Pizza
• Ice Cream Bars
• Sodas and drinks
For more information please visit:

Kosher Dining in CU – Goods, Grocery Stores & More!

Packaged Goods
Most groceries in CU carry a wide variety of kosher canned, bottled, boxed, and frozen foods. The best selections are at Schnucks, Meijer, and the County Markets on Springfield and on Kirby. Other County Market locations, Target, and Walmart also carry many specialty kosher products, but the selection is not as extensive. A large number of kosher specialty items (e.g. chocolate, olives, hummus, etc.) are available at World Harvest and some are also found at the natural food stores Strawberry Fields and Common Ground, both in Urbana.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Fresh fruits and vegetables are available at all local groceries except Aldi’s. Besides the supermarkets and natural food stores, both Urbana and Champaign host farmers markets that sell delicious locally grown fruits and vegetables. The market on North First Street in Champaign is open Thursday afternoons from June to September, and the one at Country Fair Shopping Center in Champaign is open Wednesday mornings from June to October.

Limited selections of specialty kosher cheese are found at Schnucks (Urbana and Champaign locations only), Meijer (North Prospect location only), County Market (Springfield location only), and Common Ground. Items can be tricky to find and staff does not always know what is in stock, so be sure to check deli and specialty cooler sections as well as dairy cases. Because each store carries different items, it is possible to buy a wider variety of cheeses than you would imagine from visiting only one store. Stock at any particular store also changes over time, making it difficult to predict what will be available during any given trip to the store. Consult the kosher section of the Chicago Rabbinical Council website,, for an extensive list of approved hechshers.

Frozen kosher poultry is available at Schnucks (Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy) and Old Tyme Meat and Deli. Frozen, kosher beef stew cubes and ground meat are found at Schnucks (Champaign locationonly) and Old Tyme Meat and Deli (ask at the counter, since it may be in the back room freezer, not on display). County Market on Sprimngfield sells frozen poultry, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Deli.

The best local selections of kosher wine are at Corkscrew (Urbana), Friar Tuck’s (Savoy), and Piccadilly on South Neil Street in Champaign. Choices now include fine kosher wines from Israel, France, Australia, South America, and the United States. Grocery stores and other Piccadilly locations do not carry kosher wine or have a very limited selection (usually Manichewitz).

Ice Cream
Baskin Robbins, located at Neil and Green, although the store itself is not kosher, many of the ice cream flavors are KVH certified Kosher. Be sure to check the labels.
Coffee, Slurpies and Beverages
For guidelines about consuming Coffee and other Beverages, please see

About The University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign

The University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign has 42,000 students. It is ranked as one of the best public Universities in the U.S. The College of Engineering is consistently ranked as one of the top engineering programs in the country. There are an estimated 3,300 Jewish students. Urbana/Champaign is a 2.5 hour drive south of Chicago and the Undergraduate Jewish population has a large number of students from the greater Chicago metropolitan area. There is a small, but vital Orthodox student community of about 25-30 students. There is a community/student Orthodox minyan that has met at Hillel for at least the last 50 years for Shabbat and the Holidays. The University of Illinois has a large Fraternity and Sorority system, and is also the home of a wide range of cultural and artistic events and activities. The University of Illinois is a member of the Big Ten athletic conference and hosts a wide range of competitive Division I athletic teams.

There is no eruv. Please contact us regarding recommendations about dorms.