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

You do not have to be on the meal plan to get meals for Ramadan through MDining. We recommend using Blue Bucks to pay for your to-go meals if you don’t have a meal plan. Blue Bucks can be used at all open Dining Halls during Ramadan.

Most dining halls are not open during non-fasting hours. Due to Covid protocols, MDining only offers To-Go Meals. For students that observe Ramadan to receive a to-go meal, simply stop by one of the dining halls during normal business hours and let the Greeter know that you are observing Ramadan. If using a meal plan, you will swipe for dinner, and take a Breakfast meal for the next day (we will add your name to a list to process the additional meal swipe). If you are using Blue bucks the cost will be $21 total for both meals. 

For Spring Semester service watch for updates on our Dining Operational Updates website. 


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:

Monday, September 6, 2021 – Closed for Dinner – Rosh Hashanah Eve

Tuesday, September 7 & Wednesday, September 8, 2021 – Closed – Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 – Closed for Dinner – Yom Kippur Eve

Thursday, September 16, 2021 – Closed – Yom Kippur

Monday, September 20, 2021 – Closed for Dinner –  Sukkot Eve

Tuesday, September 21  and Wednesday, September 22, 2021 – Closed – Sukkot

Monday, September 27, 2021 – Closed for Dinner – Simchot Torah Eve

Tuesday, September 28 & Wednesday, September 29, 2021 –  Closed – Simchot Torah

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 – Closed for Dinner – Purim Eve

Thursday, March 17, 2022 – Closed – Purim

Friday, April 15  through Saturday April 23, 2022 – 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

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: $7.09

Dinner: $9.02

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

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

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

Email with any further questions.


  • 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 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 for further information.