Harvard Hillel

Here is the information you’ll need when attending a seminar at Harvard Hillel.

Teachers as Scholars Covid Protocol

    1. All teachers and instructors in a TAS seminar must be fully vaccinated.
    2. All instructors will have the option of teaching without a mask, regardless of room size.
    3. Instructors will have the discretion to require masking in their classrooms. Instructors, please let your students know before class if you will be requiring them to be masked.
    4. If you feel the need to continue wearing a mask for your own protection, or the protection of someone close to you, you should do so.
    5. Teachers should not enter Harvard Hillel before 9:15 and should leave promptly at the conclusion of the seminar.
    6. Teachers may bring coffee or water into Harvard Hillel, but TAS is unable to offer our coffee/tea/pastry morning catering at this time.

Transportation and Parking

Public Transportation: Subway/Buses to Harvard Square

If at all convenient we recommend that you take public transportation into Harvard Square.


Take the Red Line to Harvard Station, exit and walk towards Central Square or east on Mass Ave (against traffic) a few blocks until you come to Plympton St. Turn right on Plympton and continue for a block until you cross Mt. Auburn St. Harvard Hillel is on the corner of Plympton and Mt. Auburn with the entrance on Mt. Auburn St. It is about a 5-minute walk.

Buses to Harvard Station:

Buses #86 (Chestnut Hill-Harvard Station), #77 (Arlington Heights to Harvard Station), #96 (Medford Square to Harvard Station) and #66 (Nubian Station to Harvard Station) all run regularly during the commuter hours.

Driving to Harvard Square

If you need to drive into Harvard Square parking is a real challenge. The last thing you want to be doing is driving around looking for a nonexistent meter and knowing the class is starting shortly. Metered parking is incredibly hard to find (and the maximum is 2 hours) and the meter people are ever vigilant and show no mercy. Give yourself a break and park in one of the local parking lots (Church Street lot-Church Street is off Brattle St., the lot beneath the Smith Center-entrance on Holyoke St., or the garage at The Charles Hotel). The garages are pricey ($20+)but worth the peace of mind. A bad way to end the day is with a hefty parking ticket or, worse, some days are street cleaning days and they do tow relentlessly.

There is an app where you can reserve parking often at a discounted price, click on this app —Spot Hero—for more information.

Lunch suggestions

For a listing of Harvard  Square restaurants: https://www.menupix.com/boston/n/16/Harvard-Square-restaurants

There are loads of places to have lunch all within 5 min or so Harvard Hillel.  A few recommendations:.

  • Clover–On Mass Ave. Once out of Hillel, turn left and immediately cross street, walk up to Mass Ave and turn left. Clover is about a block or so on the left, if you cross Dunster St. you have missed it. Vegetarian menu.
  • Tatte on Mass Ave—out of Hillel, cross street and proceed up Plympton Street and turn left) offers a great selection of lunch items and wonderful desserts. Be advised, it is a popular spot so you might have a wait for ordering.
  • Toscano–52 Brattle Street, Italian. Get to Mass Ave, turn left proceed to Brattle St. and walk about 3 minutes west on Brattle, on your left across from Gutman Library. Good seafood dishes, pricey.
  • Grafton Street Pub And Grill—1230 Massachusetts Avenue (right out of Hillel, left onto Plympton, rt. on Mass Avenue, pass Harvard Book Store past Mr. Bartley’s—avoid, total tourist trap) Grafton Street is a traditional Irish pub and a contemporary restaurant; fish and chips, Irish breakfast, herb-crusted salmon, sirloin steaks, more than a dozen beers on tap.
  • Smith Center (Harvard University Center)—Mass Ave and Holyoke/Dunster This large multi-story Harvard University building on the Square has a number of places in it to grab something quick and relax. On the Dunster Street side of the building, on the ground floor, is Saloniki, a Greek restaurant that offers sit down service.

*And don’t miss Mike’s Pastry (Dunster Street, Harvard Square end) for amazing Italian desserts (cash only) or Insomnia Cookies (on Mt. Auburn St., leave Hillel, cross Mt. Auburn, turn left and it is about a half block towards H. Square—freshly baked cookies.

Going online at TAS

  1. Network: choose Harvard University
  2. Launch browser
  3. Go to: getonline.harvard.edu
  4. Follow the prompts

Harvard Hillel (Rosovsky Building)