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.

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Ohel Avraham Semons
July 21st
7/22 Parshat Balak This week’s parsha, Balak, recounts the story of the Moabite King Balak. Fearing the invasion of the Israelites, he hires the Prophet Balaam to curse them. The story is intriguing and humorous in its own right, but I'd like t…
July 15th
7/15Parshat Chukat, Numbers 19:1-22:1 There is much loss in this week’s parsha, for Moses and his family, and for the Israelite people. Both Miriam and Aaron die in the wilderness before reaching the Land of Israel. As if it were anticipating t…
July 7th
9 July 2016This week’s Torah reading (Numbers 16:1-18:32) – parshat Korach – is the story of rebellion. It is the story of a nation divided, taking out anger and frustration on their leaders. Korach, Datan, and Aviram, along with two hun…
June 30th
7/1This week’s parsha – Shelach – relates an inflection point in our people's history. It chronicles the greatest sin we, as a people, collectively committed up to that point in our existence. The cost of that sin - the consequences of o…
June 23rd
6/24This week’s reading – parshat Beha’alotekha – begins with a description of the duties and procedures of the Levites, assistants to the priestly class. The parsha continues to describe the Israelites’ journey through the d…