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 follows 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

Michigan Dining is proud to support students during their celebration of Ramadan. 

South Quad, Mosher-Jordan, and Bursley dining halls are open from 7 am until 9 pm throughout the observance of Ramadan (including Friday and Saturday). Students living in University housing with a room and board contract have several options for Iftar. They can dine in one of the open dining halls; they can use a meal swipe through our MDining To Go program to secure a reusable to-go container and obtain food prior to Iftar; or they can utilize Dining Dollars or Blue Bucks to purchase options at one of the retail units on campus. 

In addition, Residential dining units (Bursley, South Quad, and Mosher-Jordan) will have breakfast boxes available for meals observed before sunrise. You can pick up a breakfast box in any one of the 3 dining halls the day prior to consumption of breakfast. Please notify the greeter at the entrance to the dining hall if you would like this option. 

Michigan Dining Retail will offer a sandwich through York Street, certified through Halal Transactions of Omaha, Grab & Go options as well as Local Visiting Vendors that offer Halal options. Palm Palace is available in Maizie’s on Tuesdays and El Harissa is available in Maizie’s on Wednesdays. On North Campus, El Harissa is available on Tuesdays in Fireside Cafe and Palm Palace is offered on Wednesdays in Fireside cafe.

For Catered events, students may contact Michigan Catering, and staff are available to assist in menu planning and zabiha halal certified meats are available for special order. 

Michigan Dining currently provides in its residential dining halls beef, lamb, and chicken that are certified through Halal Transactions of Omaha and, because of the large variety of products we provide across campus from different manufacturers and vendors, other Halal certifiers. We know through our collaboration with Muslim student leaders that this certification does not meet all student needs, and we are working to ensure that there are options for all students moving forward. Certificates of Halal are available to view at any of our dining facilities that offer Halal products.


Kosher Options

Michigan Dining 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:

Sunday, September 25, 2022 – Closed for Dinner – Rosh Hashanah Eve

Monday, September 26 & Tuesday, September 27, 2022 – Closed – Rosh Hashanah

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 – Closed for Dinner – Yom Kippur Eve

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 – Closed – Yom Kippur

Sunday, October 9, 2022 – Closed for Dinner –  Sukkot Eve

Monday, October 10  & Tuesday, October 11, 2022 – Closed – Sukkot

Sunday, October 16, 2022 – Closed for Dinner – Simchot Torah Eve

Monday, October 17 & Tuesday, October 18, 2022 –  Closed – Simchot Torah

Monday, March 6, 2023 – Closed for Dinner – Purim Eve

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 – Closed – Purim

Wednesday, April 5 through Thursday, April 13, 2023 – 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 for 2022-2023 is as follows:

Lunch: $7.42

Dinner: $9.43

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 4 pm 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, Blue Cafe and Market and Mosher-Jordan, Mujo Cafe, Berts Cafe, Maizie’s Kitchen and Market, Blue Market at Michigan Union, 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 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.