Jewish Life on Campus

Shabbat Dinner

Amherst College Hillel provides many opportunities to explore Judaism on campus, through social, cultural, and religious programming including weekly Shabbat dinners, services and meals for holidays, cultural programming, service opportunities and programs with Jewish students at the Five Colleges and beyond. Stay updated by joining our email listserv

There are many reasons to be Jewish in the 21st century. That’s because Judaism offers real and substantial answers to some of the most pressing questions in our lives.

Questions like: What’s really important to me? How do I bring balance to my life? Who is my community? What does it mean to be connected to a history? How do I deal with the passage of time? If I ever have children, what do I want to teach them? If I ever get married, what do I want my marriage to look like?

The Jewish tradition has been engaging with these questions for thousands of years. Even when there are many perspectives on the answers, examining the questions is a wonderful way to explore these issues deeply.

Amherst College Hillel’s mission is to support students as they learn what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century. We give them the guidance, resources, and opportunities to deepen that exploration -- when they choose and how they choose to learn more about their Judaism.  

Amherst College Hillel’s students and professional leaders are dedicated to creating a pluralistic, welcoming and inclusive environment for Jewish (and non-Jewish) students and other members of the Amherst community, where they are encouraged to grow intellectually, spiritually and socially.