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 week Hillel creates a space for services to welcome in the Sabbath followed by a delicious “homemade” Kosher dinner served on the River Level of the Interfaith Chapel. We alternate between Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist style services, and also offer a discussion group as an alternative service primarily led by students. 

Services begin at 6pm with dinner beginning around 6:40 following the conclusion of services.

MEliora Weekend Shabbat

We are excited to welcome family and alumni back to campus to celebrate Meliora Shabbat on October 4th 2019. Services begin at 6pm in room 101 of the Simon School of Business (right across the street from the Interfaith Chapel) led by Artist in Residence Nick May. Following the conclusion of Services, a Kosher Shabbat dinner will be held in the Rotunda.

To register for Meliora Weekend and this free Shabbat program please complete this form to insure enough food and seating. Thank 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 & Shabbox


Create your own shabbat with your community! By emailing us at you can sign up to host your own Shabbat dinner. Invite your friends and Hillel will provide you with a Shabbox (Shabbat in a box) with grape juice, local Kosher challah, and a gift card to your favorite local grocery store. 

Shabbat with the community

Rochester loves U of R students so much they want to feed them! Students will connect with Rochester families, found with assistance of the Jewish Federation of Rochester and 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 2019-2020 year coming soon!