Queen’s University


Estimated Jewish student population


Jemma Kaczanowicz

Program Coordinator



Hillel at Queen’s University

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Bar Mitzvah Bash, Shabbat Dinners, Holocaust Education Week, Israel Week

Best Bars on Campus

  • Queen’s Pub
  • The Underground
  • The Grad Club
  • The Brooklyn
  • Stages Nightclub

Where do the Jews live?

Residences: Queen’s has a lottery, so you don’t get to choose your residence. There’s a large Jewish community in all residences. 

Kosher Food

Metro | 310 Barrie Street
Has kosher meat and other kosher products.
Loblaws | 1048 Midland Avenue
Has a kosher selection in the ethnic foods aisle.
Queen’s Hospitality Services | Sodexo
Will make arrangements for kosher students. Feel free to contact Hillel staff for more information

Transportation in Kingston

City buses are free for any student with a valid student card. There is a Queen’s shuttle (#20 bus) operated by the city that does a loop around campus that is free for students. Also worth noting: the Tricolour bus provides chartered trips to Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa every weekend for students.

Another popular choice for getting in and out of Kingston is on Via Rail. Many students purchase a semester pass to visit friends and family during the school year


Queen’s University supports a dynamic, vibrant, close-knit Jewish student community. Jewish living is easily achieved with a friendly community, regular prayer at synagogues, and a beautiful city to live in.

Beth Israel Synagogue

Conservative Egalitarian
116 Centre Street

Beth Israel Synagogue conducts services every Friday night and Saturday morning and students are always welcome.

Iyr Hamelech Synagogue

Watson Hall, Room 517

Offers Shabbat services every week between September and June.


251 Brock Street
Chabad Student Centre

The Simon family offers a variety of inclusive Jewish programming.


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Which classes should I take?

There is a Jewish Studies program, and arts students can minor in Jewish Studies. Modern Hebrew courses are offered through the Languages Department. Jewish History courses are offered as well as courses about Judaism in the Religious Studies Department.

How do people find compatible roommates?

Many camp/high school friends connect and get a house together. Otherwise, many relationships are forged in res and many Jewish students find their roommates there, or through socializing at Hillel events. If you need help finding someone, please contact your Hillel staff and we will do our best to help out!

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.


Mental Health Resources

On campus, the chaplain’s office is available to support students in any way necessary and direct them to services. Campus Health Services offers students counselling services, psychiatry services and access to Mental Health Nurses at the LaSalle Building. A more extensive list of Mental Health supports available in the wider Kingston community (of which there are many) is available at: www.psychiatry.queensu.ca