JEWISH LIFE at HWS
Former Abbe Center for Jewish Life Director Lorinda Weinstock hosts a discussion
with students at the Oneg Shabbat Reception in the Abbe Center for
At Hobart and William Smith, Jewish life is all about community. Situated directly across the street from Temple Beth-El, the Abbe Center provides the perfect location for cultivating relationships between HWS students and the Geneva community. Students are invited to join the campus Hillel Chapter or attend services and become involved in the congregation.
In the short time since the Abbe Center has been open, Jewish life on campus has seen an irrefutable growth in participation in all of its programming from Friday night Shabbat dinners to the annual Hanukkah party with local youth.
The Abbe Center currently hosts celebrations throughout the academic year, including Rosh Hashanah Eve dinner, the pre-fast dinner before Yom Kippur, Chaplain Lesley Adams' Pasta Night during the Sukkoth holiday, Holocaust Awareness Week programming as well as Friday night Shabbat dinners and programs. March of Remembrance and Hope planning meetings are also held at the Abbe Center, as are special receptions during Reunion, graduation and family weekends.
The programming at the Abbe Center is open to everyone regardless of cultural or religious background. From inspiring speakers during Holocaust Remembrance Week to Friday night Shabbat dinners prepared in the Tina Wasserman Kosher Kitchen, the Colleges offer an entire range of events and courses related to Judaism and Judaic studies.
Whether it's sharing a Rosh Hashanah service with members of the HWS and Geneva community or sharing a conversation with a professor about Judaism, Jewish Life at HWS is multifaceted and ever-growing.
Abbe Center Events
Abbe Center Hosts "Green Shabbat"
This Friday, Jan. 29, the Abbe Center for Jewish Life invites students to attend a special-themed version of its weekly dinner program, titled "Green Shabbat." In collaboration with the Office of Sustainability and the HWS EcoRep organization, the dinner will promote Jewish culture and its commitment to caring for the environment. The "Green Shabbat" event coincides with the celebration of Tu B'S... More >>
Celebrate Hanukkah at the Abbe Center
The Abbe Center for Jewish Life will host a series of events and activities to celebrate Hanukkah, which runs from Sunday, Dec. 6 through Monday, Dec. 14. From latkes and jelly donuts to dreidel competitions and a brisket dinner, each night will include a candle lighting followed by a special event to observe the holiday. "Our nightly programs provide students with a ‘home away from home' where t... More >>
The March 2016 Info Sessions Announced
Information sessions for participation in The March: Bearing Witness to Hope trip -- a biannual student leadership program and mission to Germany and Poland -- will be held on the HWS campus in November. Led by Holocaust scholars and Holocaust survivors who play an integral part in the program as they travel and engage with trip participants, The March 2016 is scheduled from May 16 to 25. Approxi... More >>
Interim Director of Abbe Center Named
Hobart and William Smith Colleges have named Julianne H. Miller as interim director of the Abbe Center for Jewish Life and Hillel adviser. Miller, who is director of education at Temple Beth-El in Geneva and a teacher at Hillel Community Day School in Rochester, succeeds Lorinda Weinstock P'01, who after many years of service to the HWS community, particularly its Jewish students, retired in Dece... More >>
First Hobart and First William Smith to Enter Rabbinate
Rabbi Paul H. Levenson ‘53 and Rabbi Cheryl Asarkof Jacobs ‘91 are, respectively, the first Hobart and the first William Smith graduates to enter the rabbinate, and while their journeys differ, their rabbinical careers have strong roots at HWS. Growing up on Long Island, in Lawrence, N.Y., Levenson was, as he says, "actively Jewish" at Temple Israel, as were his parents. His mother was an officer... More >>
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For more information about Jewish Life at HWS, please contact:
Julianne H. Miller
Director, Abbe Center for Jewish Life and Hillel Adviser
For more information about supporting the Abbe Center, please contact:
Ruth C. Benedict
Director of Leadership Giving
Jessica Lohre '16
President of HWS Hillel Student Organization