Estimated Jewish student population
416.913.2428 x 2
The Wolfond Centre
for Jewish Campus Life
36 Harbord Street
On Campus, next to Robarts Library
DO NOT MISS
Shabbat dinners, First-year programming, Jewish Learning Fellowship, Queer/Jewish Discussion Group, Jewish Crash Course, Jewish Social Entrepreneurs, and dinner every night at Allen’s Table.
Best Bars on Campus?
- Sneaky Dee’s
- El Furniture
- The Madison
- Duke of York
Where do the Jews Live?
Many first-year Jewish students live in residence, especially at University College, Trinity College, New College, and Woodsworth College. Other Jewish students live downtown near campus, especially in The Annex and Harbord Village neighbourhoods. Many students also commute from Thornhill and North York.
Jewish Friends on Campus
AEPi, Delta Pi, Chabad of Midtown, Shoresh, Ve’ahavta,
The House, Miles Nadal JCC
The Wolfond Centre at UofT hosts a daily HOT three-course meal for $5, Monday through Thursday, 5 – 7p.m.
Local grocery stores carry kosher items, especially Metro near Spadina and Bloor and Loblows near Spadina and St. Clair, which both carry kosher meat. The only kosher restaurant in the downtown core is King David Pizza, at Mt. Sinai Hospital. There are, however, numerous vegan restaurants near campus.
UofT is accessible by TTC, streetcar and bus.
Toronto is one of the largest Jewish communities in North America. With more than 200,000 Jews, Jewish life is thriving. A complete directory of the Toronto Jewish community is available at:
Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus
Hillel is very fortunate to partner with the Orthodox Union/Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (OU/JLIC). JLIC strives to engage and educate Jewish students from varied backgrounds by providing avenues for spiritual development and exploration.
Mental Health Resources
St. George Health and Wellness, 416-978-8030. Campus is surrounded by excellent hospitals and clinics, including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
Additionally, there are many hotlines available from the Province of Ontario, including Good 2 Talk Student Helpline,
See the UofT “Feeling Distressed” page for more details.
Which Classes Should I Take?
First Year Foundations (or “Ones”) Groups of seminar courses mix extracurricular activities, such as field trips, labs and guest speakers, with regular coursework, and cover everything from biomedical health to urban planning.
How Do People Generally Find Compatible Roommates?
Students have created a Facebook group called Jew of T, which is used to promote student-initiated events and programs as well as to assist with roommate searches. Students can search off-campus housing online via the UofT Off-Campus portal and message board. Incoming first years can also join the various ‘Accepted to UofT’ groups on Facebook according to their college.
Opportunnities for Graduate Students?
Graduate students are always welcome at general Hillel UofT events. Additional graduate-student-specific Jewish groups include the Jewish Grad Students of UofT, the Jewish Medical Student Association, the Jewish Law Students Association, and Alpha Omega Jewish Dental Fraternity.
Scarborough and Mississauga Campuses
There are small but growing numbers of Jews at UofT’s campuses in Scarborough and Mississauga. Students at those campuses have access to events and programming based out of the Wolfond Centre. Students at the Scarborough campus can join UTSC Jewish Student Life for local Jewish events and programming.
Hillel Ontario offers various paid internships on a year-to-year basis on each of its campuses. Hillel UofT also offers a paid internship through the Multifaith Centre as well as an administrative internship. New internships begin at the start of either the spring or the fall semester, so please check our website throughout the year for application details. hillelontario.org/internships
Campus Offers Exchange Credits!
Campus offers exchange credits. The Centre for International Experience is extremely helpful in finding academic opportunities, and Hebrew U offers a large scholarship to exchange students.