Meals prepared at JUC include a combination of Middle Eastern and American-style foods. Due to the small size of our kitchen and student body, meals usually consist of one entrée with sides, salad, and dessert (often a piece of fruit) for each meal. We are not able to cater to special diets.
Meals are served from the serving line in the kitchen according to a posted schedule:
On Friday evenings we will eat a Shabbat Meal together. In general, this is a more formal meal, and the dining room will be set nicely with linens and candles. The Shabbat meal is a great way for our student body to close out a week of study. Before and after the meal, we observe a short Shabbat liturgy and enjoy delicious challah bread baked only on Friday mornings.
All on-campus students are automatically included in the meal plan. If you are planning on skipping a meal, it is important that you sign out on the “missed meals” list outside the kitchen to help us avoid wasting food. There are no refunds for missed meals.
Off-campus students who want to eat on campus or students who have a guest who would like to eat on campus must make reservations and purchase a meal ticket no later than 9:00am of the day of the meal.
The JUC staff prepares a beverage counter in the dining hall, complete with ice, hot water, tea, instant coffee, and hot chocolate. A bread table is also available in the dining hall with bread, butter, jelly, and peanut butter. Both of these spaces are open for student use 24 hours a day.
A refrigerator is set apart for student use in the dining room. Please label any food you store inside, and help to keep the refrigerator clean by cleaning out food when it has gone bad and by cleaning out all your food at the end of the semester. Food prepared by the JUC kitchen and JUC dishes may not be stored in the refrigerator.
JUC provides picnic-style lunches for full-day field studies. Students attending field studies will be asked to help set up and clean up these lunches in the field.
Buying food from street vendors is a fun and almost always a healthy experience. Please remember to wash fruit and vegetables before eating them. It’s worth a trip into the Old City early in the morning to buy and eat a variety of hot breads just out of the oven.