The University of Dayton is a Catholic university with a small Jewish population. The University's commitment to diversity and inclusion openly embraces all cultures and religious beliefs.
The UD Jewish Student Union (UD-JSU) is an organization initiated to establish connections between Jewish students and the community, as well as to foster Jewish life on campus and promote diversity and interfaith relations. Through this organization, students participate in a full range of social, cultural, educational and religious programs.
Students attend services and events in the Dayton area including local synagogues, and the Dayton Center for Jewish Culture and Education (CJCE.) On campus, they host an annual student/faculty/staff Hanukkah social, and an annual campus-wide Interfaith Passover Seder, and have worked to find 'adoptive families' for students who were not able to spend holidays and Shabbat services with their own families. Finally, students visited Israel through the birthright israel program, and have begun doing presentations at UD and in the community about their experience.
The [UD-JSU Web Site] and two listservs are used extensively to keep Jewish students and faculty abreast of events and programs of interest to the University of Dayton Jewish Community.