Religion and Culture

The Jewish Club is committed to providing spaces to celebrate Jewish holidays and facilitate worship opportunities for Jewish students. Below are some examples of the events we hold, although not all may be listed. You can find details about each event on our Upcoming Events page as they become available.

Bi-Weekly Shabbat Evening Celebrations

Every two weeks, the Jewish Club convenes on Friday evening to celebrate Shabbat. It’s an opportunity for club members to let go of a stressful week in a community of their peers while enjoying spiritual reflection and refreshments. Challah is always available alongside other food from local restaurants. This is also the regular meeting of the club to review upcoming events and other club efforts. Join the Jewish Club for prayer, refreshments, and community.

High Holy Day Celebrations

Just as the new academic year begins, the High Holy Days aren’t too far behind. The Jewish Club is excited to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot on campus while facilitating off-campus opportunities for worship at local synagogues. Students should be aware that the Undergraduate Academic Code provides excused absences from class for religious worship. The Jewish Club recommends that students alert their professors at least one week in advance that they’ll be missing class.

On Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish Club provides a reception to welcome the new year with apples and honey, prayer and spiritual reflection, and the blowing of the shofar. On Yom Kippur, the Jewish Club hosts a “break the fast” meal for Jewish students to end the holiday. Finally, on Sukkot, the Jewish Club works with Campus Ministry and the Jewish faculty to erect a sukkah, where we hold different activities throughout the week. Of course, the club also facilitates transportation and logistics for students interested in attending services at a local synagogue.

Hanukkah Party

As its last event of the semester, the Jewish Club hosts a Hanukkah Party with the Jewish faculty. It’s a great way for students to celebrate the end of the semester, rest before exams, and enjoy one of the most popular Jewish holidays.

Passover Seder

This is one of the Jewish Club’s largest events of the year. We provide a fully-catered, Kosher seder for attendees to tell the story of the Exodus and share our tradition with the community. While all our events are open to non-Jews, the Passover Seder is an especially excellent opportunity to learn more about Judaism.