July 2021

Dear Parents,

For 18 years we have been privileged to build community and nurture students from a diverse array of Jewish backgrounds. Yet, the pandemic has thrown us all a curve ball. The form—the body—of our programming has shifted to meet the needs of young people but the values—the soul—of our programs, shines on brightly and continues to animate everything we do. Now, more than ever, we continue to support and nurture young people in myriad ways. Our team is dedicated to help young people thrive 24/7, and it is thanks to your partnership that we are able to succeed.

We look forward to four great years together!

Here are several items that may be of interest:

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If you would like to be in the loop with everything that Chabad offers students, campus life updates, and parent messages, fill in this form. This is the single most important bit of information on this page.

Move-in Weekend

  • If you choose to come to St. Louis to bring your student to campus, we invite you to join us over Shabbat at the Chabad House. We will be hosting meals and organizing minyanim. Here is the schedule and RSVP form.
  • We are glad to meet you outside in a socially-distant manner. Book a time here so we can give your family our full attention and avoid overlapping with others: https://calendly.com/rabbi-/parent-and-student-welcome-2021?month=2021-08
  • WashU has scheduled first-year student move-in for Saturday, August 21, 2021. If your student wants an early move-in time slot for Friday August 20th (for religious reasons), please have him/her fill out the early arrival request form in the WashU housing portal, accessed through WebSTAC. Early move-in typically costs $50. Students who request early move-in for religious reasons will have this fee waived by completing this form.
  • If your student would like a mechanical Shabbat key, please complete the same form.
  • If you would like a Mezuzah for your child’s dorm room, please click here for the national Chabad on Campus Mezuzah bank.
  • Students will be able to get kosher meals through WashU's dining program in the Bear's Den on Friday afternoon (lunch) and then again starting on Sunday and throughout Orientation week (Bear Beginnings). All Shabbat meals will be available at Chabad (see above).

Meal Plan Recommendations

  • WashU offers several meal plan options to students. We recommend that you purchase the smallest available meal plan for your student. 
  • Here is why: WashU dining currently offers 11 hot Kosher meals per week, so a typical Kosher-keeping student (or a student who only eats Kosher meat) will end up with a surplus of meal points which do not carry over at the end of the academic year. Don’t worry, you can always add to your meal plan during the year.
  • For those who are considering the Platinum Plan (~$3500) and plan to rely on Chabad for meals over Shabbat, we encourage you consider the Silver Plan (~$2800). We also ask you to consider a donation of the difference (~$700) to Chabad to support the direct food costs for your student. While this won't cover the entire cost of Shabbat meals, it will go a long way to ensure that there is abundant food at Chabad for students.
  • A light breakfast of bagels, cream cheese, and cereal is typically provided after morning Minyan. To sponsor this breakfast in honor or memory of a loved one, please email [email protected].

Covid19 notes

All activities are open to all students/parents/families who are vaccinated and symptom free. Everything is subject to change based on St Louis County and/or University Covid19 guidelines.

A quick word of thanks to Dr. Greg Storch who has generously given of his time, knowledge, and expertise to help us manage the pandemic and keep students and the community safe. The health and well-being of our entire community has been improved by Dr. Storch’s medical guidance and wisdom. Thank you.

Dr. Storch is the Ruth L. Siteman Professor of Pediatrics and Research Integrity Officer (RIO) for Washington University. He has a storied career at Washington University, serving as Director of the Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Laboratory Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics, Director of the Virology and Microbiology Laboratories at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and past-President of the Pan-American Society for Clinical Virology.


We know how complicated this season is, even in the best of times. We reiterate our belief that with good cheer, hard work, and, yes, a bit of faith, we will get through this together. 

Rabbi Hershey, Chana, and the Chabad Team