Kosher Dining at MIT
Beginning in September 2011, MIT opened Maseeh Hall as a new undergraduate dormitory, with housing space for over 400 undergraduates and a first-ever all-you-care-to-eat dining hall/dining plan, including a kosher station. This full kosher meal option was an historic development for the MIT Jewish community.
Students living in certain dormitories are required to purchase a meal plan; any MIT student living in other MIT dorms or living groups may also choose to purchase an MIT meal plan. At each meal, students can choose any of the cafeteria food options in Howard Dining of Maseeh Hall, including from the kosher servery. With 24 hours advance notice, kosher meals can be delivered to any other House with a dining hall.
Some students also choose to split their dining options between meal plans and suite-living with their own kitchens. MIT offers kosher suites on Burton-2, which traditionally have become a hub of Jewish activity (and eating) even for those living elsewhere on campus. Incoming first-year students interested in living in Maseeh Hall or in a kosher suite in Butron-2 must request such on their room request form, fill out a supplementary housing form with MIT requesting kosher living, and inform Hillel that s/he wants a kosher living option.
Shabbat and Holiday Meals
MIT's Kosher Dining provides Shabbat and holiday dinners during the academic year at Hillel in the Religious Activities Center, MIT Building W11.Friday evening dinner is held at 7:00 PM. Lunch is generally held at 12:30 pm. Holiday meal times vary by season. Reservations are required for all Shabbat and holiday meals. Shabbat reservations are due by Thursday noon by filling out the reservation form (form will open in new window).
These meals are part of the MIT meal plan, and can also be paid for by TechCash. Students on a dining meal plan may use a meal swipe for Shabbat Dinner and Lunch as permitted by your particular plan. When making a reservation, please provide your name and ID#. Students and others not on a dining meal plan will be charged $13.50 for Shabbat Dinner and $11.00 for Shabbat lunch. If you do not have a meal or TechCash account, reservations must be pre-paid for in Howard Dining at Maseeh Hall by noon Thursday. Cancellations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Thursday.
Students may also be put on a permanent reserve list for Shabbat dinner by emailing email@example.com. If you will not be attending a particular Shabbat dinner, you must cancel your permanent reservation by Thursday noon or you will be charged for the meal.
MIT's kosher dairy and meat kitchens are under the supervision of the Vaad Harabonim of Massachusetts.