Shabbat reimagined

Shabbat is a time for personal reflection. We have created a shabbat program that allows each student to get the most out of their individual Shabbat experience in and out of the Hillel community. 

Traditional Shabbat

Every other week and on major holidays there will be a traditional style Shabbat. Services and/or a discussion will be hosted followed by a Kosher dinner served on the first floor in the Genesee Ballroom. We alternate between Conservative and Reform style services, and also offer a discussion group as an alternative service. 

Traditional Shabbat Dates for the 2018-2019 academic year

  • August 24- First Year Shabbat

  • August 31- Welcome Back Shabbat

  • September 7

  • September 21

  • October 5- Meliora Shabbat

  • October 19

  • November 2

  • November 16- Friendsgiving

  • November 30

  • December 14- Farewell Shabbat (Enjoy Winter break!!)

  • January 18- Welcome Back Shabbat

  • February 1- Avi Schaefer Shabbat

  • February 15

  • March 1

  • March 22

  • April 5

  • April 19- First Passover Seder

  • May 3- Farewell Shabbat (Enjoy Summer break!)

  • May 17- Graduation Shabbat (Goodbye seniors, we'll miss you!)


Once a year, in February, we host a large interfaith Shabbat gathering in honor of Avi Schaefer. Avi was a a passionate student at Brown University studying International Relations in the hopes of helping to promote peace and understanding between Israelis and Palestinians. He served in the IDF prior to attending Brown University. In February 2010, Avi was tragically killed by a drunk driver. Shortly after, the Avi Schaefer Fund was created and is "dedicated to nurturing Avi’s values of mutual respect and understanding through cultivating opportunities for informed dialogue and by empowering young people to be change-makers in the world."

In honor of Avi, we gather our peers and partners together each February to celebrate our similarities and differences, discuss contemporary politics and join together in interfaith dialogue and discussion. 

Shabbat Around Campus

The alternating Shabbats will be focused on creating your own shabbat with your own community. By emailing us at you can sign up to host your own Shabbat dinner. Invite your friends and Hillel will provide you with grape juice, local Kosher challah, and a gift card to your favorite local grocery store. 

Shabbat Around Campus opportunities for the 2018-2019 academic year:

  • September 14

  • September 28

  • October 12

  • October 26

  • November 9

  • December 7

  • January 25

  • February 8

  • February 22

  • March 8

  • March 29

  • April 12

  • April 26

  • May 10

Shabbat with the community

Rochester loves U of R students so much they want to feed them! One Shabbat each month  students will connect with Rochester families, found with assistance of the Jewish Federation of Rochester. Students have the opportunity to have a home cooked meal and create Shabbat with a local family. Transportation will provided. 

Shabbat in the Community dates for the 2018-2019 academic year

  • September 21 - At U of R

  • November 9

  • February 8

  • March 29