With more than 300 Jewish undergraduate and graduate students, the Office of Jewish Life under the auspices of the Chaplain’s Office, serves as the center of a growing Jewish community at Wake Forest University.
The Office of Jewish Life provides staff support, pastoral counseling, mentoring, and religious guidance to Wake Forest Jewish students as well the larger student, staff and faculty community. The Office of Jewish Life also staffs and supports the Wake Forest Hillel Jewish Students Organization.
The Wake Forest Hillel/JSO is a student led, faculty guided and staff facilitated organization that offers a variety of Jewish-theme.
Check out Jewish Life in Pictures for some of what happens at WFU.
Wake Forest boasts a graduate population of approximately 2,500 students. WFU Hillel welcomes all graduate students to our events. Please visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for more information.
Wake Forest University offers several Jewish studies related courses in a number of disciplines.
Religion Department & The Divinity School
The Religion Department and the Divinity School offer courses on the Hebrew Bible and Comparative Judaism, with additional courses being planned for the future. They also offer Biblical Hebrew, which meet’s language requirements for Wake Forest students.
History, German Studies, English, Political Science and the American Ethnic Studies Departments as well the Humanities Institute
Courses are taught in American Jewish Culture, American Jewish Literature, History of European Jewry from the Middle Ages to the Present, Ancient Israel and course on the Middle East since 1900.
Guest Lecturers and Discussions
Wake Forest currently has a faculty exchange program with the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has hosted several of its distinguished faculty who have lectured on Israel, the Holocaust, Education and Science. Wake Forest has also hosted distinguished Jewish Studies faculty from other institutions who have lectured on Anti-Semitism, Jewish Identity and other related subjects.
Hillel offers informal classes on prayer, Torah talks and on Judaism. Students are encouraged to ask questions and are given opportunities to learn one on one.
Wake Forest has numerous Jewish faculty throughout its various schools. Students and faculty have opportunities to mingle at all Hillel events including Faculty-Student mixers.
Wake Forest currently has a Jewish affiliated fraternity and many Jewish students choose to be involved both with Hillel and with Greek Life.
Kosher meal options
All of Hillel events are dairy and/or kosher.
On campus, kosher food is available from Hillel and in advance through Aramark, Wake Forest’s food service company. There are many certified kosher products offered in the many food outlets on campus.
The “pit” does provide kosher-style meals, including roasted chicken, latkes and matzoh ball soup and every Friday night offers Challah and grape juice.
Multiple Hillel members compete in Wake Forest’s varsity programs (16 are offered). 85 percent of Wake Forest students participate in intramural sports.
Prospective students should meet with Hillel students and/or our Jewish Program Director when they visit Wake Forest. Hillel programs are open to all prospective students and their families.