KEDMA is a campus student organization for Orthodox Judaism on many secular college and university campuses and in many Hillels in the United States.
The group strives to create an atmosphere on U.S. college campuses that is comfortable for Orthodox students, many of whom require the availability of regular Friday night and Saturday morning Shabbat services and kosher food on campus.
These efforts can help to mainstream Orthodox students who would otherwise be forced to commute and live at home, or to attend a university designed for an Orthodox student population such as Yeshiva University or Touro College.
Many Orthodox student organizations operate under different names but with the same purposes. Many are members of the Orthodox Campus Coalition, founded in 2005.
Also, the Orthodox Union created the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) at many colleges. A Jewish couple lives on campus and provides classes for the students in an Orthodox setting, often in conjunction with the Hillel or KEDMA.
Secular United States universities and colleges with Orthodox Jewish organizations
- ↑ Orthodox Campus Coalition http://www.occstudents.org/
- ↑ Boston University Orthodox Minyan http://www.bu.edu/hillel/student/shabbat.htm
- ↑ Brandeis Orthodox Organization http://www.booweb.org/index.html
- ↑ Boston College Orthodox Club http://www.bchillel.org/aboutus/studentgroups.html
- ↑ Columbia/Barnard Yavneh http://yavneh.hillel.googlepages.com/
- ↑ Cornell Kedma http://www.rso.cornell.edu/kedma/
- ↑ Harvard Orthodox Minyan http://hillel.harvard.edu/religious-life/prayer-communities/orthodox-minyan
- ↑ Johns Hopkins Orthodox Minyan http://www.hopkinshillel.org/template.php?section=SS
- ↑ NYU Shalhevet http://www.nyu.edu/clubs/shalhevet/
- ↑ Yavneh at Princeton http://www.princeton.edu/~yavneh/
- ↑ Rutgers Mesorah http://www.rutgersmesorah.org/
- ↑ University of Arizona Kedma http://www.uahillel.org/site/c.jsJSK0PFJnH/b.2142759/k.6FB8/Hillel_Student_Groups.htm#Kedma
- ↑ http://www.uclahillel.org/site/c.adJGKQNrFmG/b.1433371/k.9202/JLI_Minyan_Times.htm
- ↑ UIllinois Orthodox Community http://www.illinihillel.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=38&Itemid=45
- ↑ University of Maryland Kedma http://www.studentorg.umd.edu/kedma/Home.html
- ↑ UMass Amherst Kehillat Hillel Ha'azinu http://www.umasskhh.org/
- ↑ Orthodox Community at Penn http://www.hillel.upenn.edu/~ocp/index.html
- ↑ Yale Young Israel/JLIC http://www.yale.edu/jlic/Welcome.html
- Orthodox Union (OU)
- National Conference of Synagogue Youth, the youth arm of the OU
- KOACH, the college outreach arm of Conservative Judaism
- KESHER, the college outreach arm of Reform Judaism
- Orthodox Campus Coalition, a student group at several, mostly northeastern U.S. universities, for Orthodox Jewish students