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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May 11th
I sat down with Intramurals and Club Sports coordinators Rustin McNiff to chat with him about the opportunities for students to get involved with sports on campus no matter what level of involvement they’re looking for! He gave some great insight an…
Ohel Avraham Sermons
May 18th
(Leviticus 25:1 - 27:34)This week we read the last three chapters of Leviticus. Although the book's name and its opening verses suggest it primarily contains instructions for priests (our ancient spiritual leaders), it proves to be a guide for every perso…
May 11th
Parshat Emor,  Leviticus 21:1 - 24:23My grandfather, Nissim Asher, of blessed memory, used to exhort people to be reasonable. "Everything in moderation," he would say, then follow it tongue-in-cheek with, "Especially moderation in moderation." T…
May 1st
Welcome, Bruchim Haba’im, Ahlen w’sehlen. Esteemed members of the Nazareth Community, as well as our distinguished guests from the Christian, Islamic, and Jewish faiths, and all of you present here today, welcome.Before, anything else, it is i…