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We hope you will use the resources here to connect with your fellow students and the larger Chapman Jewish community, and make the most of your Chapman experience!

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Welcome to your Jewish Life at Chapman! Every person observes and expresses their Judaism in a way that is meaningful for them. My hope is to help each person find their Jewish space at Chapman. From Hillel to Chabad and opportunities to interact with a progressive radically inclusive local Jewish community, we will help you do Jewish. 

Please let me know how I can support you during your time at Chapman. Feel free to contact me via email, calls and text at hecohen@chapman.edu or (714) 425-7719.

Bivracha - With blessings!

Upcoming campus events

Below are upcoming Jewish events that are open to all students. To see more campus events, visit Chapman's Events website.

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Click the links to learn more about each student organization and get contact information.

  • Hillel: Provides a place to celebrate Jewish culture, learn about and practice traditions, and be a part of the Chapman Jewish community and campus as a whole.
  • Chabad: Offers social, educational, and spiritual programs for Chapman’s Jewish community. Some of these activities include weekly Shabbat dinners, holiday meals and events, and cultural learning programs. 

You can also learn about and join clubs in person at the Student Involvement Fair, which takes place once every semester.


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At Chapman, you have a welcoming place to join in religious, social, and cultural programming on a regular basis, including these major Jewish observances and celebrations:

  • Shabbat: Both Chapman Chabad and Chapman Hillel student groups host weekly Shabbat dinners for students.
  • Passover: ​​Fresh cooked kosher-for-Passover food is provided on campus at the Caf (Randall Dining Commons). 
    • If you’re on a meal plan, simply show up as usual and there’s no extra cost to you. If you’re not on a meal plan, review Passover FAQs for information about how to purchase food.
  • Hanukkah: Although Hanukkah occurs when many students and faculty are off campus, Jewish Life at Chapman often coordinates a campus-wide “It’s (Almost!) Time for Hanukkah Fest” in the Attallah Piazza. 


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There are many academic opportunities that are notably enriched by our on-campus Holocaust Library. Some of these options include:

Holocaust History minor

The Holocaust History minor allows you to study the origins and history of the Holocaust within the context of European and Jewish history, and explore the central themes and topics in Holocaust research.

Students may declare a minor once the semester begins and before they reach 60 units. For further instructions on how to declare a minor, visit the Change or Add Majors and Minors page.

Religious accommodations 

Chapman’s religious accommodations policy ensures that all students have the right to utilize certain religious accommodations, allowing you to modify your schedule in accordance with religious observances.

Jewish Community internships and careers

There are local, national, and international internships and post-graduate fellowships in Jewish nonprofit work, social justice, spirituality, and education – and Jewish Life at Chapman can help get you connected to these opportunities. 

If you are interested in pursuing an internship, connecting with Jewish Chapman alumni, or traveling abroad to Jewish communities, contact the Director of Jewish Life at hecohen@chapman.edu.

Will Hoskin ‘22
Animation & Visual Effects major, Holocaust Studies minor
After taking a Holocaust history course, Will became a Holocaust Studies minor and served as the inaugural Oskar Schindler Archivist Intern.

Study abroad opportunities

All Chapman students can choose to go abroad for a semester, a full year, or a travel course, which is shorter and held over the winter or summer terms. 

More details about study abroad opportunities are on the Religious Support Abroad page.


Jewish life in Southern California

Within Orange County and the broader Southern California region, numerous Jewish organizations offer opportunities for involvement, such as:

  • HaNefesh: An internet-based community that allows you to participate in Jewish programming without having to travel or commute.
  • Jewish Federation of Orange County: Engages the Jewish community in Orange County by offering resources that enhance and sustain Jewish life, including various philanthropies and community projects.
  • Merage JCC of Orange County: Offers different programs and services that celebrate Jewish culture, foster health and well-being, embrace tradition, and create friendships amongst the community.
  • Synagogues located in Orange County:

Local and Regional Jewish Community Organizations

There are extraordinary cultural resources to be found in the surrounding area of Chapman, such as:

Off-campus kosher food resources

As for off-campus kosher food resources, the following may be of interest:

  • Nosh House: A Glatt Kosher café located next to OC Kosher Market in Tustin.
  • Blueberry Hill Café: Located at the JCC in Irvine.
  • Blessed Braid Bakery: Certified kosher by the Rabbinical Council of California; some products are vegan and/or gluten free. Located in Irvine.


Outside scholarships for Jewish students

Visit the Jewish Applicants page for more details about scholarships designed specifically for Jewish students, along with a list of options that can help financially support your college education. 


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