Students at the Abbe Center

Former Abbe Center for Jewish Life Director Lorinda
Weinstock hosts a discussion with students at the Oneg
Shabbat Reception in the Abbe Center for Jewish Life.

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.

Shabbat at HWS


A Virtual Festival of Lights for Hanukkah 2020

CandlesHWS students and alums will connect virtually to celebrate Hanukkah through a series of online events hosted by the Abbe Center for Jewish Life. A series of virtual events will…
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“Shabbat Together” on Rosh Hashanah and Homecoming and Family Weekend

Rosh Hashanah DUThe HWS Community celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, with a ceremony hosted by the Abbe Center for Jewish Life on Friday, Sept. 18 at the Bozzuto Boathouse. This year…
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Dobkowski Discusses Holocaust

Dobkowski Michael Class KColton,
Class is REL 272, The Sociology of the American Jewish Community. Today we were discussing Jews in colonial America, the first communities in NY, Philadelphia, Charleston and Newport, and issues of acceptance, integration and related issues.A panel discussion following a preview of the documentary film Harbor from the Holocaust includes HWS Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski. Hosted by the Virtual Little Theatre in partnership…
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Holocaust Educator

Walters-Sarah-1At the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, Sarah Walters '19 is using the knowledge she developed through her Genocide, Human Rights, and Peace Action major as the agency's first Holocaust Education…
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Reverse Tashlich Celebrates Environmental Activism

Reverse TashlichTo celebrate the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah, members of the Abbe Center for Jewish Life and HWS community volunteers performed the tradition of Tashlich with a focus on…
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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
Office: (315) 781-3385
Abbe Center: (315) 679-6924

For more information about supporting the Abbe Center, please contact:

Ruth C. Benedict
Director of Annual Giving

Edith Falk '21
President of HWS Hillel Student Organization


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