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Students at the Abbe Center

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.

Abbe Center Events


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 >>

Shabbat 250

Hillel, the Jewish student organization, invites the HWS community to join them for their annual Shabbat 250 event on Friday, March 7. The goal is to gather 250 students, faculty, and staff to celebrate Shabbat together. The event will take place in the Vandervort Room in the Scandling Campus Center at 7 p.m. Kosher Shabbat dinners started after the dedication of the Abbe Center for Jewish Life...  More >>

Wasserman Releases New Cookbook

An interview with author, food columnist, chef and award-winning cooking instructor Tina Wasserman was featured on Joy of Kosher. Wasserman discussed her newest book, "Entrée to Judaism for Families," which the article describes as "filled with the tools to help kids of all ages learn to cook in the kitchen and learn bits of history too." The kosher kitchen in the Abbe Center for Jewish Life is n...  More >>

Hanukkah Celebrations Planned

This year, Hanukkah begins on Thanksgiving, giving members of the HWS community an opportunity to celebrate the start of the holiday at home with family and friends. HWS Hillel and the Abbe Center for Jewish Life have scheduled activities following Thanksgiving weekend, so the campus community can celebrate the remainder of Hanukkah together. Lighting of the menorah and special activities are sch...  More >>

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Abbe Center Newsletter


For more information about Jewish Life at HWS, please contact:

Lorinda Weinstock
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

Leah Segal '16
President of HWS Hillel Student Organization