Shabbat

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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

The first shabbat of every month and on major holidays there will be a traditional style Shabbat. Services and a discussion will be hosted on the fourth floor of Douglass with a Kosher dinner served on the first floor in the Genesee Ballroom. Both Conservative and Reform style services are offered.

Traditional Shabbat Dates - Fall Semester

  • August 25- First Year Shabbat
  • September 1- Welcome Back Shabbat
  • September 22- Post Rosh Hashanah Shabbat 
  • September 29- Pre Fast Feast/Shabbat
  • October 13- Meliora Shabbat
  • November 3- Traditional Shabbat
  • December 1- Traditional Shabbat

Meliora Weekend Shabbat

We are so excited to welcome families and alumni to campus for Meliora Weekend. Hillel will be hosting Shabbat services and dinner on Friday October 13th. Services will continue to be held on the fourth floor of Douglass with dinner following. For more information and to register click here


A new FREE Hillel monthly subscription for students. Once a month you'll receive a box with dorm safe candles, grape juice, challah, and something else to make your shabbat experience more meaningful. It might be an adult coloring book, DIY mezuzah, finger puppets, books, etc. Click the logo to register for Shabbox!

A new FREE Hillel monthly subscription for students. Once a month you'll receive a box with dorm safe candles, grape juice, challah, and something else to make your shabbat experience more meaningful. It might be an adult coloring book, DIY mezuzah, finger puppets, books, etc. Click the logo to register for Shabbox!


Shabbat Around Campus

The second Shabbat of each month will be focused on creating your own shabbat with your own community. By emailing us at urhillel@ur.rochester.edu you can sign up to host your own Shabbat dinner. Invite your friends and Hillel will provide you with grape juice, local Kosher challah, dorm safe candles, and a gift card to your favorite local grocery store. 

Shabbat Around Campus Dates - Fall Semester

  • September 8
  • October 20
  • November 10
  • December 8

Alternative Shabbat

The third Shabbat of each month will be something completely different. Shabbat doesn't have to include services followed by dinner. For many people it doesn't. Simply by gathering and recognizing the presence of Shabbat is what Alternative Shabbat is all about. Some weeks will be a unique service and dinner, some will just have dinner, some will be a different style service, some will have neither. Each week will be unique to allow students to create Shabbat in a completely different atmosphere. 

Alternative Shabbat Dates - Fall Semester

  • September 15- Israeli Dancing
  • November 17- Trivia Night
  • December 15- Shabbat in the Snow

Shabbat in the community

Rochester loves U of R students so much they want to feed them! The final Shabbat of each month will have students traveling to the homes of 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 - Fall Semester

  • October 27