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


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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Hillel Program Leaders:

Ohel Avraham Semons
August 25th
26 August 2016Parshat Eikev This week’s parsha – Eikev – is filled with the famous, and the infamous. As we are still in the book of Devarim (Deuteronomy), we are hearing many stories, mitzvot, and promises reiterated from earlier i…
August 18th
Parshat V’et’chanan, Deuteronomy 3:23 - 7:11Following Tisha B’av, this week is Shabbat Nachamu – the Shabbat of comfort. Our Torah portion – V’et’chanan – begins with another lengthy recital of the rewards f…
August 14th
8/12/2016Parshat Devarim This week we begin the final book of the Torah – the book of Devarim. In general, the book of Devarim reviews all that has happened in the previous four books of the Torah. Scholars in biblical criticism note that this …
August 5th
Parashiot Matot and Masei, Numbers 30:2 - 36:131 Av 5776 corresponding to 5 August 2016  It is Rosh Hodesh "Menachem" Av as I write this note, the first of nine somber days culminating in the observance of the full fast of the Ninth of Av…
July 28th
Parshat Pinhas (Numbers 25:10-30:1) This week’s parsha – Pinhas – continues to story of the children of Israel after the prophet Bilaam devised a devious plan to destroy us - the seduction of Jewish men by Midianite ritual pros…