Jewish life at Colgate is student-led! The Colgate Jewish Union is a pluralistic, egalitarian, student-led organization that encourages students to engage in ritual, social, intellectual, and justice activities.

The Colgate Jewish Union seeks to promote Jewish literacy, both among Jews and the larger community, engaging the campus in Colgate's vibrant interfaith life.

From constructing a sukkah to cooking Shabbat dinner, students are empowered to create meaningful religious, educational, and social programs which enrich their experience both as scholars and as Jews.

The CJU offers weekly Shabbat services and dinner, High Holiday services, a sukkah on the main academic quad, events each night of Chanukah, a Purim Megillah reading and a week-long kosher co-op during Passover, in addition to providing sedarim for over 150 students.  We've also recently instituted an egalitarian morning minyan once a week – no small feat for a campus of our size!  Topical discussions with faculty and Israel programming throughout the year complement our religious and social offerings.

The Michael Saperstein Jewish Center

The Challah for Hunger Charity Bread Making Event takes place 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 Friday night services to Sunday morning bagel brunches, 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.

A student-led organization which promotes Jewish religious, cultural, and social life and community. Get involved and follow us on Facebook.

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. Get involved or follow us on Facebook.

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. Get involved or follow us on Facebook.

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Associate University Chaplain and Rabbi

Advisory Board

Murray W. and Mildred K. Finard Professor in Jewish Studies, and Professor of Religion; Associate Dean of the Faculty for Faculty Recruitment and Development
Associate Professor of Political Science; Director, Jewish Studies Program
University Chaplain and Protestant Campus Minister