Religious Observance


Halal Menu Options

In collaboration with the Muslim Coalition for the University of Michigan, Michigan Dining also serves a variety of menu items that are Halal certified and follow Halal practices in most dining halls. Dining staff follow extensive handling and procurement practices to provide students with as many options as possible.

Michigan Dining serves certified Halal options on a consistent basis out of the Olive Branch micro restaurant in the South Quad and Bursley dining halls as well as in the East Quad and Mosher-Jordan dining halls. Halal options vary by day at North Quad, Mary Markley, Martha Cook, Twigs, and the Lawyers Club. Options found within Michigan Dining are purchased from certified Halal providers in the metro Detroit area.

To quickly identify Halal options, look for this emblem icon-halal on our online, digital and dining hall menus.


Ramadan Options

Due to COVID-19 all meals will be served at South Quad to-go. In addition, all in-person programming and community dinners have been cancelled for Ramadan 2020. Programming will resume in 2021. For details regarding virtual programming and community iftars visit the Ramadan at UMich website.

You do not have to be on the meal plan to sign up for Ramadan meals through MDining. While there are a couple of different options to select from, we recommend using Blue Bucks to pay for your to-go meals. Blue Bucks can be used at South Quad Dining Hall during Ramadan.

Most dining halls are not open during non-fasting hours. MDining offers meal plan credits OR additional To-Go Meals to students who live in University Housing with a room and board contract that observe Ramadan. To receive a to-go meal simply stop by the South Quad dining hall during normal business hours and request a meal at the time of your visit to consume at your convenience. You may also request a breakfast meal for the following day during this time. 

Muslim Housing residents (room and board contracts) with Unlimited meal plans who observe Ramadan may suspend their meal plan by submitting the form below:

  • Suspend your meal plan for the duration of Ramadan for winter and/or spring semester. For 2020, a $24 credit for each day will be applied to your meal plan account as Dining Dollars. Dining Dollars can only be used during Ramadan and will expire after May 1st for winter term meal plan holders and will expire after May 23rd for spring term meal plan holders. Please complete this online form to request a credit during Ramadan.
  • If you need additional information, contact mealplans@umich.edu.

 


Kosher Options

Michigan Dining will offers a variety of Kosher-certified menu items out of a kosher-certified serving area in the South Quad dining hall. The station is open during weekdays and is closed beginning at dinner on Friday, all day Saturday, and during holidays.

Holiday meals will include:

September 18, 2020 – Friday – Closed for Dinner – Rosh Hashanah Eve

September 19 – September 20, 2020 – Saturday & Sunday – Closed – Rosh Hashanah

September 27, 2020 – Sunday – Closed for Dinner – Yom Kippur Eve

September 28, 2020 – Monday– Closed – Yom Kippur

October 2, 2020 – Friday – Closed for Dinner –  Sukkot Eve

October 3-4, 2020 – Saturday & Sunday – Closed – Sukkot

October 10, 2020 – Saturday – Closed for Dinner – Simchot Torah Eve

October 11, 2020 – Sunday – Closed – Simchot Torah

March 27 through April 4, 2021 – Closed – Passover

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find kosher-certified food on campus?

Michigan Dining has a kosher-certified kitchen located in the South Quad dining hall at 600 East Madison.

What are the hours of service?

Sunday – Thursday: 11:00am – 2:00pm and 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Friday: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Closed for Friday dinner, Saturday, and all holidays listed above

Who will be able to eat the options found in the Kosher kitchen?

All individuals that pay for a(n) meal plan or individual meal will be able to enjoy the options served out of the Kosher kitchen when they dine at South Quad. For info on single meal rates and options, please visit here. Off-campus students, faculty/staff, and community members are all welcome with the single meal option.

What is offered in the kosher kitchen?

The kosher kitchen is classified as a meat kitchen and super-glatt meats are served. There is no dairy allowed within the kitchen or service area. The daily menu can be found here under the “Kosher” heading and will only appear if the station is open.

Do you offer parve items in the dining hall?

Yes, parve items that contain neither dairy nor meat ingredients and are considered “neutral” are offered in all of our dining halls. A full listing of parve items can be found here but availability by dining hall may vary.

Who manages the certification for the kitchen?

The Kosher kitchen is supervised by a Mashgiach under the supervision of a Rabbi.

What if I can’t get to South Quad when the Kosher kitchen is open?

All students with a meal plan can request a kosher meal to go. Simply, complete this form by 4pm the day before pick up and pay attention to what is available at the time you are picking up the meal.

Can I find kosher-certified options in retail locations?

There will be several kosher Blue to Go sandwiches and salads available for purchase. These items will be prepared in the Kosher kitchen, overseen by the Mashgiach and labeled with the Kosher seal.  They can be found in the following retail locations: Fireside Cafe, Blue Market at Pierpont Commons, Berts Cafe, JavaBlu at the School of Public Health, Fields Cafe, JavaBlu at Taubman Health Sciences Library, Blue Market at Munger and Blue Market at East Quad.

Where can I eat kosher when South Quad’s Kosher kitchen is closed?

Individuals who self-identify at Hillel that live in a University residence hall with a room and board contract are eligible to eat at Hillel for Friday dinner and meals on Saturday

Can I be compensated for Passover/high holiday meal purchases at Hillel?

Individuals who self-identify at Hillel that live in a University residence hall with a room and board contract are eligible to be compensated for Passover meals and high holiday meals eaten at Hillel.

The compensation rate is as follows:

Lunch: $6.75

Dinner: $8.60

Students will need to ensure their participation during these meals is tracked by Hillel in order to be compensated

I still have questions. Who can I talk to for more info?

Email mealplans@umich.edu with any further questions.

Hillel

  • Hillel partners with Michigan Dining for our residence hall students with room and board contracts during times our Kosher kitchen is closed. They also offer a wide variety of programming for Jewish students.  Please visit michiganhillel.org for further information.

Chabad House

  • Chabad House Student Center offers a variety of kosher meal options during the week, Shabbat and other Jewish holidays.  Please visit jewmich.com for further information.