Estimated Jewish student population
Director, McMaster Hillel
416-913-2428 ext 6
Hillel at McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
DO NOT MISS
Israel Wine and Cheese, First year events, Hillel Formal, Challah Baking
BAGEL LUNCH EVERY WEDNESDAY
Best Bars on Campus?
- The Phoenix
This is the graduate student bar that is open to students of all ages. It has lots of delicious food and alcohol, and McMaster Hillel even hosts events there sometimes!
This is the
student studentpub/bar on campus that turns into a 19+ club on Thursday nights.
Where do the Jews live?
Jewish students typically live within a short walking distance (5-15 minutes) from campus in the Westdale and Ainslie Wood neighbourhood. First-year students often live in residence (your residence building will be randomly selected). Kosher all-male living accommodations are also available near McMaster and are organized by Congregation Adas Israel.
Jewish Friends on Campus
Transportation in Hamilton
Tons of Bus Routes! There is a shuttle bus that runs on Wednesdays from Mary Keyes Residence to Fortinos Grocery between 6 and 8 p.m.
Ewen Road to Stoney Creek, boundaries are to the Lake, to the top of the Mountain, to Mohawk Road.
The Piazza | Student Centre
Kosher sandwiches from Hermes Bakery in Toronto and kosher frozen foods are delivered every Tuesday and Friday to the Student Centre food court. Contact Hillel for more information.
Hamilton Kosher | 889 King Sreet West
This kosher butcher has wide variety of prepared food items for when you don’t feel like cooking. McMaster students get a 10% discount on all items.
Fortinos Westdale | 1579 Main Street West
This Fortinos location is one of the local supermarkets that has a large kosher section including fresh meat, cheeses, and frozen items. They also have a fresh kosher sushi counter and kosher donuts made daily!
Second Cup Westdale | 1004 King Street West
At the Second Cup in Westdale, all drinks are under the supervision of the Vaad Hakashrus of Hamilton. There are also often cookies and snacks that are kosher as well.
Serving fresh kosher soups for eat in or take out. Check out their website and schedule at www.jewishmcmaster.ca
Hillel Bagel Lunch
Every Wednesday from 12:00-2:00 p.m, Hillel serves a FREE full kosher lunch of bagels, lox and cream cheese, fresh fruits and vegetables, hummous and dips, snacks and treats and much, much more. Commons Building, Room B103
Adas Israel (Orthodox)
125 Cline Ave S.
A ten minute walk from campus, or a 5 minute drive. Shabbat services start at 9 am on Saturday, and daily times can be found on their website.
Beth Jacob Synagogue (Conservative)
375 Aberdeen Ave
About 8 minutes by car, or 40 minutes by foot from McMaster. Shabbat services start at 9:15 am on Saturday, and daily times can be found on their website.
Chabad of Hamilton
Over the last 20 years, Chabad of Hamilton has become the home of weekly Shabbat dinners, BBQ, a giant Sukkah, classes, lectures, the Ralph Travis Memorial Library and JLIC for Jewish McMaster students.
How do people generally find compatible roommates?
If you are living in residence in first year, the university provides an extensive survey for you to fill out. The survey includes questions about your personality, religion, special accommodations, etc. The university generally does a great job at matching roommates. If you have additional concerns, you can always contact McMaster Housing Services. Students generally move off campus in second year with friends they met during first year. Students who wish to live off campus in first year can often find compatible roommates on Facebook.
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.