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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Ohel Avraham Sermons
January 19th
This week we begin the book of Shemot – literally, the book of names. It is so called, as it begins with the recitation of the names of the sons of Jacob (Israel) who came to Egypt. Its Greek name, Exodus, more accurately reflects the subject matte…
January 19th
The name of this week’s parsha – vayechi – means “and he lived.” This parsha describes the end of the life of Jacob. He asks to be buried, not in Egypt, but rather with his forefathers in his homeland of Cana’an. Jacob&…
January 5th
Vayigash 5777 - 2017 How to Live, How to Die This week in parshat Vayigash, the story of Joseph comes to its climax as he reveals his identity to his brothers in Pharaoh’s court. Three years ago when we read this triennial portion, we discussed how …