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.
HWS Hillel invites community members to the first Shabbat 250. The goal is to get 250 students, faculty, staff, and community members to join in celebrating Shabbat with a festive meal. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 1, in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center. "Last year we held a ‘Shabbat 200' where we set an ambitious goal of 200, but had 233 attend. We decided ... More >>
Listening to Talia Azour '16 talk about her travels is an infectious experience. With enthusiasm, passion and an exuberant smile she discusses her recent globetrotting venture-a trip to Israel for Birthright. The 10-day trip sponsored by the non-profit organization was an invaluable stepping-stone allowing her to connect to a land and people that define her global identity. This summer, Azour wil... More >>
Arts and education major Emily Hamburger '13 secured two internships this summer in New York City's theatre district. Along with serving as an education intern for the Broadway league, which is the National Trade Association of the Broadway, she is the stage manager for two theatre shows. The two shows that Hamburger has been managing include a one man show called "Confess your Bubble," which is ... More >>
For more information about Jewish Life at HWS, please contact:
Abbe Center for Jewish Life Director and Hillel Adviser
For more information about supporting the Abbe Center, please contact:
Ruth C. Benedict
Director of Leadership Giving
Emily Hamburger '13
President of HWS Hillel Student Organization