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 potluck vegetarian (dairy) lunch.

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

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April 22nd
One of my closest friends here at Nazareth College is the amazing Jill Schwartz. A fellow physical therapy major, Jill is also very involved with the Jewish and interfaith communities on campus. Her story and passion have always inspired me and I wanted t…
Ohel Avraham Sermons
April 20th
4/22, Parshat Shmini, Torah Portion: Leviticus 9:1 - 11:47This week, as we enter the period of s’firat ha’omer (counting the Omer), the 7 weeks between the Feast of Freedom and the Feast of Responsibility, we read parshat Shmini. The passage b…
April 20th
Shabbat Ha’gadol – the great Shabbat – is the last Sabbath before chag pesach (Festival of Passover). Although pesach is a joyful holiday, filled with wine and song and feast, parshat Tzav (which is read on Shabbat HaGadol) is remarkably…
March 23rd
Parashat Vayak’hel-Pekudei, Exodus 35:1-40:38“After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting." - Mr. Spock, from the Star Trek episode Amok TimeThis week we read the two passages, Vayak&rs…