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Students at the Abbe Center

Former Abbe Center for Jewish Life Director Lorinda Weinstock hosts a discussion
with students at the Oneg Shabbat Reception in the Abbe Center for
Jewish Life.

At Hobart and William Smith, Jewish life is all about community. Situated directly across the street from Temple Beth-El, the Abbe Center provides the perfect location for cultivating relationships between HWS students and the Geneva community. Students are invited to join the campus Hillel Chapter or attend services and become involved in the congregation.

In the short time since the Abbe Center has been open, Jewish life on campus has seen an irrefutable growth in participation in all of its programming from Friday night Shabbat dinners to the annual Hanukkah party with local youth.

The Abbe Center currently hosts celebrations throughout the academic year, including Rosh Hashanah Eve dinner, the pre-fast dinner before Yom Kippur, Chaplain Lesley Adams' Pasta Night during the Sukkoth holiday, Holocaust Awareness Week programming as well as Friday night Shabbat dinners and programs. March of Remembrance and Hope planning meetings are also held at the Abbe Center, as are special receptions during Reunion, graduation and family weekends.

The programming at the Abbe Center is open to everyone regardless of cultural or religious background. From inspiring speakers during Holocaust Remembrance Week to Friday night Shabbat dinners prepared in the Tina Wasserman Kosher Kitchen, the Colleges offer an entire range of events and courses related to Judaism and Judaic studies.

Whether it's sharing a Rosh Hashanah service with members of the HWS and Geneva community or sharing a conversation with a professor about Judaism, Jewish Life at HWS is multifaceted and ever-growing.

Abbe Center Events


Dobkowski to Discuss Holocaust Hero

Dobkowski_3An event focused on the life of Dr. Janusz Korczak, a well-known physician, author, pedagogue and radio personality in pre-World War II Poland, will include a presentation from genocide expert…
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Hillel Helps Create Local Housing

Abbe_Center_Community_ServceThrough a program coordinated by the nonprofit agency Family Promise, members of HWS Hillel helped Temple Beth-El congregants convert classroom space into housing for approximately 14 homeless individuals at the…
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Fox ’19 Thrives on Community Engagement

Fox Matt DUMatthew Fox ’19, who serves as vice president of both Hobart Student Government and Hillel, encourages fellow students to get involved on campus. He says he appreciates what the engagement…
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Black-Jew Dialogues at HWS

Black-Jew-Dialogues-2“Turn off your ignorance” is one of the first things the two performers of the Black-Jew Dialogues told the more than 60 students who filled the Geneva Room on Feb.…
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Urban Planning and Environmentalism

Etai_PinkasThe Colleges welcomed Israeli environmentalist Etai Pinkas to campus on Sunday, Feb. 26 to discuss sustainable development and water preservation in Tel Aviv. Speaking to students and staff in the…
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For more information about Jewish Life at HWS, please contact:

Julianne H. Miller
Director, Abbe Center for Jewish Life and Hillel Adviser
Office: (315) 781-3385
Abbe Center: (315) 679-6924

For more information about supporting the Abbe Center, please contact:

Ruth C. Benedict
Director of Annual Giving

Tzipora Glaser '18
President of HWS Hillel Student Organization


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