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Jewish Life at Colgate


Sukkot on the Quad
Students are celebrating Sukkot, the Jewish harvest festival, in a sukkah, which is a temporary structure that they built on the Quad. READ MORE
Colgate in Israel
Colgate students on the extended study trip to Israel, led by Professor Steven Kepnes.
Learn
Big Questions Jews Ask is one of our regular opportunities to engage in Jewish learning.
Keep Kosher and Carry On
The Colgate Jewish Union sponsors an annual kosher/halal barbecue with the Muslim Student Association during Spring Party Weekend.
Israel at Colgate
During Israel Night at Frank Dining Hall, students enjoyed Israeli pop music, made their own challah, got their names written in Hebrew and Arabic - and, of course, had a particularly delicious dinner!
At Colgate, Jewish life is student-run. 

From event-planning to leading Shabbat services, building the sukkah to cooking Shabbat dinner each week, students are empowered to create meaningful religious and social programs which enrich their experience both as scholars and as Jews.

We also provide High Holiday services, build a sukkah on the main academic quad, light an eight-foot chanukiyah, and have a week-long kosher co-op during Passover, in addition to providing sedarim for over 150 students.

Passover at Colgate

Join us as we celebrate the festival of freedom!
Monday, April 14
5 PM in Parker Commons

Tuesday, April 15
6 PM in the Saperstein Jewish Center

Thank you to all of the students who signed up for kosher-for-Passover meals for the week!
This year, we have over 50 students who will join the co-op at the Saperstein Center. 

The Michael Saperstein Jewish Center

Students singing at the altar in the Saperstein Jewish Center
The Saperstein Jewish Center, commonly referred to as “The Sap” is a focal point for Jewish study, worship, and culture on our campus. This small but dynamic space houses everything from study breaks to Shabbat dinners, High Holiday services to challah-baking extravaganzas!

"The Sap" houses our sanctuary, a library of several hundred volumes, a classroom where several Jewish Studies courses are held, and both meat and dairy kosher kitchens. It also has computer workstations, a huge flat-screen TV and DVD player, and a Wii, as well as great couches —making it a fantastic space to do homework or just hang out.

Student Organizations

Colgate Jewish UnionA student-led organization which promotes Jewish religious, cultural, and social life and community. 
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Blue Diamond Society
A Jewish men’s philanthropic, cultural and social organization which seeks to achieve a sense of brotherhood within the Colgate Jewish community by providing an environment for Jewish male students to participate in various tzedakah projects and social gatherings.

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Challah for Hunger
Each week, students bake challot to sell in the Coop, with proceeds going to a number of groups which fight hunger locally and world-wide.

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Israel Culture Club
The Israel Culture Club brings speakers and events to campus to promote pride in Israel’s heritage and celebrate its diverse culture.

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Contact Us

Rabbi Dena Bodian
Assistant University Chaplain and Director of Jewish Life

 13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346
(315) 228-7682
dbodian@colgate.edu