Estimated Jewish student population


Judith Dworkin

Director, McMaster Hillel

416-913-2428 ext 6

Hillel at McMaster University

1280 Main Street West
Commons Building
Room B103
Hamilton, ON



Jewish Learning, First year events, Hillel Formal, Challah Baking


Best Bars on Campus?

  • The Phoenix
    This is the undergraduate student pub/bar on campus that turns into a 19+ club on Thursday nights.
  • TwelvEighty Bar & Grill
    This is the student student pub/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

AEPi, Delta Pi, Chabad

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.

Hamilton Eruv

Ewen Road to Stoney Creek, boundaries are to the Lake, to the top of the Mountain, to Mohawk Road.

Kosher Food

La 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.

Cafe Chabad

Serving fresh kosher soups for eat in or take out. Check out their website and schedule at

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


Temple Anshe Sholom (Reform)

 215 Cline Ave N
Phone 905-528-0121


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.


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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.

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.

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