The University of Waterloo 


Estimated Jewish student population


Cora Miller

Program Director


416-913-2428 ext. 3

Hillel Waterloo runs programming at The University of Waterloo and in conjunction with Hillel Laurier, at Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as at many local venues.


Holocaust Education Week, Interfaith Shabbat Dinner, Inter-Campus Shabbaton

Where do the Jews Live?

Most first year students enjoy the on campus residence experience. In upper years students can find plenty of housing in apartments near campus. Many will live along King Street between Columbia Street and Ezra Avenue even though it is technically closer to Laurier, it is also closer to the vibrant city life.

Jewish Friends on Campus

Chabad On Campus, AEPi

Hillel Laurier

Jewski is now at Waterloo! Jewski is a Hillel initiative for Russian-speaking Jewish students who wear tapochki, drink kampot, eat borscht and challah, and link arms for the Hava Nagila.

Kosher Food

235 Ira Needles Boulevard, Kitchener Has a large supply of kosher food each week. Students will be able to find kosher meat, cheese, fish and various other products there.
235 Ira Needles Boulevard, Kitchener Kosher wines can be found at the LCBO off Ira Needles, which is located in close proximity to the “Kosher” Sobeys

Transportation in Waterloo

Ion LRT–Kitchener and Waterloo’s new light rail, GRT – Unlimited Local Transit with your student card; GO Transit; Greyhound; VIA Rail; Fed Bus – between Toronto, Hamilton, & London

How far from Toronto?

1 hour, 15 minutes


The Rohr Chabad Centre For Jewish Life

Rabbi Moishy Goldman Rivky Goldman 251 Albert Street, Waterloo

Chabad welcomes all Jewish students into their home and daily life, as well as for weekly Shabbat dinners.

Beth Jacob Synagogue

Modern Orthodox
Tamara Zuckerman
161 Stirling Avenue South, Kitchener

Beth Jacob has congregants from different observances. Students are welcome at any time of the year!

Temple Shalom

Rabbi Lori Cohen
543 Beechwood Drive, Waterloo

Students are always welcome at this thriving community!


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Mental Health Resources

University of Waterloo: UW Counselling Services, Accessibility services, UW Mates, Student Success Office, Move Your Mind Wilfrid Laurier University: Peer connect, Student Wellness Centre, Bridging the Gap

Which Classes Should I Take?

Big Ideas of the Bible, Rock ‘n’ Roll and US History, The Meaning of Life

Exchange Programs

Waterloo offers many opportunities for exchange and international co-ops, including Hebrew U and Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

Paid Internships

Hillel Ontario offers various paid internships on a year-to-year basis on each of its campuses. Possible internship opportunities include Operations Interns, Influencer Interns, and Engagement Interns (including Russian-speaking and Israeli engagement opportunities). 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.