Kosher Dining FAQs

Kosher Meal Plans


What are my options, and can I choose the program I want?

There are two kosher meal plan options available on campus for YOU the student.  One is offered through Columbia University Dining at John Jay Hall and the other through Barnard College Dining at Hewitt Hall.  Students from CC, SEAS and BC can select either plan.  The information below depends on which program you choose, and not which school you attend, so CHOOSE WISELY! If you have any questions regarding these options, please contact: Rabbi Hain

Can I eat at another dining hall if I want to?
As of Spring 2022, both Barnard and Columbia allow for meal swipe exchanges between the school’s respective dining facilities.

When can I eat?
Regular weekday kosher meals at both locations are served at all regular meal times.  Either follow the hungry crowds to John Jay or Hewitt, or check their websites at or
Shabbat and Holiday meal times vary based on the calendar.  Please check Shabbat Times.

Who supervises the Kosher food?
Both campuses are under strict supervision. Columbia University’s kosher offerings are pre-packaged Fresko sandwiches and salads which are under the Star-K supervision. Barnard College’s kosher food service is supervised by the Queens Vaad who also oversee the kosher operations on a number of campuses in New York.

What’s to eat?
Columbia’s kosher dining program offers pre-packaged grab-and-go products like Fresko.

At Barnard, all meals are freshly made in a supervised full service kosher kitchen. Breakfast and lunch are dairy, while dinner is a meat meal.  The kosher section includes a salad bar as well.  All Shabbat and Holiday Meals follow traditional menus.

What is the difference between Columbia and Barnard Meal Points?
Meal plans come with points that work like cash on campus.  Columbia points may only be used at Columbia campus retail facilities (including the John Jay Kosher Deli), while Barnard points may only be used at Barnard facilities. Additional Dining Dollars may be purchased that are usable on both campuses.

Where can I get more information?
For Columbia dining services, please contact [email protected] or call 212-854-4076.

For Barnard, please contact dining manager Livia Drake ([email protected]) or call (212) 854-6642.