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.

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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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