To provide an environment for people of Jewish faith or with Jewish interests to gather and socialize, and to celebrate Shabbat and other Jewish holidays. The house is also available to the HWS Hillel Organization for events. The student kitchen will be kosher style.

The Abbe Center for Jewish Life accommodates nine students in bedrooms equipped with full telephone, cable, and Internet access.

The home's spacious dining room, living room, conference room and separate kosher-style and true kosher kitchens make it an ideal space for gatherings. It's located across the street from Temple Beth-El.

The home was completed rennovated in 2007, the result of a generous gift from Trustee Richard K. Abbe '92 and his wife Merav. At Abbe's request, a plaque in the entryway of the building commemorates the three Hobart alumni who died in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001: Andrew Golkin '93, Michael Simon '83 and Scott Rohner '01.

Historically, the house, previously known as Folwell House, has served as a cooperative.

Residence Requirements

  • Applicants must show an interest in Jewish culture and/or religion.
  • Applicants should be willing to participate in HWS Hillel and Abbe Center functions and programming.
  • Applicants must be willing to live in a kosher style arrangement.


Meal Option: Co-op

Room Types: 5 Singles, 2 Doubles

Window Treatment: Pull-down Shades (white)

Bed style: Standard twin. Students over 6'3" may request extra long beds.

Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.