Religious Life

Kosher Dining

Shaw Dining Hall has a kosher kitchen which offers kosher food at every meal during the academic year. The kitchen is operated by the Syracuse University Food Services staff. Kosher Shabbat meals are offered at the Winnick Hillel Center every Friday evening following services during the academic year. Hillel also offers kosher meals on special holidays and kosher for Passover lunches and dinners on all eight days of Passover.

Contact Shaw Dining Hall for more information at 315.443.2383.

Syracuse University recognizes the diverse faith traditions represented among its campus community and supports the rights of faculty, staff, and students to observe according to these traditions.

All University offices are asked to be sensitive to the needs of faculty, staff, and students who are observing a religious holiday when scheduling meetings and events.

Deans, department chairs, and program directors are asked to make every effort to avoid scheduling meetings or events at times that would exclude faculty who are observing a religious holiday from participation.

Supervisors are asked to be supportive of staff members who request vacation or personal time to observe a religious holiday and to make every effort to avoid scheduling meetings or events at times that would exclude such staff members from participation.


Students are asked to consider that it is more difficult to arrange appropriate accommodations in some kinds of courses – for example, those that have certain kinds of laboratories or a significant experiential learning component – so students should consider their need for accommodation for religious observances as they plan their schedule each semester. Students should recall that not every course is offered every academic year and that the catalog indicates how frequently each course is offered.


Faculty are asked to make appropriate accommodation for students’ observance needs by providing an opportunity to make up any examination, study, or work requirement that is missed because of an absence due to a religious observance, provided the instructor has been notified no later than the end of the second week of classes for regular session classes and by the submission deadline for flexibly formatted classes. No fees will be charged to the student for the costs incurred by the University for such make-up work. If a faculty member is unwilling or unable to make an appropriate accommodation, the student should consult his or her academic dean.

Syracuse University recognizes that the faith traditions observed by our diverse community include more holidays than can be captured adequately in a list. In addition, some observances vary by tradition and by country and are defined by the lunar calendar. However, to assist in identifying religious observance days, Hendricks Chapel has compiled a list of religious holidays that reflect a large proportion of the University community and that may or may not fall on University work and class days. The chapel also recommends consulting the more comprehensive Interfaith Calendar.

Each fall and spring term, students are provided an opportunity to make up any examination, study, or work requirements that may be missed due to a religious observance provided they notify their instructors no later than the end of the second week of classes for regular session classes, and by the submission deadline for flexibly-formatted classes.

Students must notify their instructor(s) if they will be absent from class for religious observances.  Student deadlines and the notification form are posted in MySlice under Student Services/Enrollment/My Religious Observances/Add a Notification.

Syracuse Hillel is a proud chaplaincy at Hendricks Chapel. Located in the heart of campus, Hendricks Chapel was a gift from Senator Francis Hendricks, former Syracuse mayor and long-time Syracuse University trustee.

Senator Hendricks made provisions for the Chapel in 1920, and construction began in January 1929. Pope and Baum, a New York architectural firm, designed the brick and limestone structure in a style that traces back to the work of 16th century Italian architect Palladio, and to the Roman Pantheon. Hendricks Chapel was completed and opened its doors in September 1930.  At a dedication ceremony a month later, the Senator’s niece, Miss Kathryn Hendricks, donated the original organ.

September 2015 marked the celebration of 85 years as the centerpiece of campus. The Chapel has seen the University change from a private, relatively small, relatively homogeneous Methodist-related academy to the very large, heterogeneous, secular, private University it is today. Even so, the Chapel has been an experiment in diversity from the beginning. Senator Hendricks called for a Chapel honoring his wife Eliza that would serve all faiths. Accordingly, the architects used Greek and Roman themes in creating a space remarkable for its ambiance of sanctuary but almost completely without specific religious symbol. A worship center, still in use, has the flexibility to be used by any religious group wishing to do so, or as a backdrop for an academic or secular speech.

The style of operation of the Chapel has changed dramatically over the years. Even so, the focus on diversity, the emphasis on the importance of the spiritual aspects of life, and its function as a religious, social, cultural, and intellectual gathering place have marked its history and its present.

In 2017, Dean Brian E. Konkol was installed as the seventh dean of Hendricks Chapel and has been an invaluable supporter of Syracuse Hillel, Jewish and spiritual life, and Syracuse University as a whole. 

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