Center for Spirituality

Hillel (Jewish Community)

The Nazareth College Hillel encourages Jewish students, faculty, and staff to gain a greater awareness of their Judaism and associated traditions through innovative and exciting programming. Hillel's mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students, create a safe space for discussing relevant topics, and work as an outreach to other faith and cultural groups on campus, thus enriching the lives of Jews and people throughout our community.

Hillel members are dedicated to creating a pluralistic, welcoming, and inclusive environment for Jewish students, where they are encouraged to grow intellectually, spiritually, and socially. Hillel helps students find a balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world) and Jewish learning, and to support Israel and global Jewish peoplehood.

As part of the Center for Spirituality, the Nazareth College Hillel's mission is accomplished through dedicated staff and collaboration with faculty advisors, students, and other Hillel organizations at surrounding college campuses. Hillel-sponsored activities and services include:

• Monthly Lunch & Learn with free meals and hevruta-style discussion

• High holiday services and weekly Shabbat services

• Annual festival Sukkah raising and Pesah Seder

• Shabbat meals offered a couple times each semester

• Social outings

• Visits by guest musicians, dancers, and speakers

• Interfaith and cross-cultural programs with other groups on campus

Nazareth Hillel

Shabbat Services on Campus

Regular Shabbat services are generally the first and third Friday evenings and the second and fourth Saturday mornings at Nazareth College, Golisano room 375. Friday night services run from 6pm-7pm. Saturday morning from 9:30am-noon followed by a pot luck vegetarian (dairy) lunch.

Join the Nazareth College Hillel Facebook group to learn more about upcoming programs and events. 

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Ohel Avraham Semons
December 1st
This week we read parshat Toldot, which records the beginning of our third patriarch’s story. Toldot – meaning “generations” – gives us the next portion of our early lineage. From Abraham and Sarah to Isaac and Rebekah, and n…
November 24th
11/25/2016Chayei Sara This week, following the akedah (Binding of Isaac), we read parshat Chayei Sara. This parsha, translated as “the life of Sara,” ironically begins by recording the death of Sara at age 127. The parsha continues to rec…
November 22nd
Erev Yom Kippur, Kol Nidre 5777(note, this is being posted 2 months after it was delivered)Friends. Tzom kal. I hope our fast brings each of us to new insights and a heightened awareness of ourselves. I hope this fast eventually leads us to be in better h…
November 10th
I was named after my Nona (grandmother) z"l, who passed away just last week. Being so fresh, I am particularly sensitive to a phrase we Jews use when speak of the deceased, "May their memory be a blessing." This is the meaning of the abbreviation, z"…
November 3rd
Parshat Noah In this week’s Torah passage, Noah, God brings about a flood that destroys almost all living beings on the earth. We all have heard this story for much of our lives – Noah, the ark, the animals, the flood. Many a song, children&rs…