What types of events does Hillel have to offer?
Hillel does Shabbat services, Shabbat dinner, smoothie nights, bagel brunches, Homework & CHillel nights, discussions, and holiday parties, among other events.
What is Shabbat like?
Shabbat services occur weekly at 6pm, followed by dinner at 7pm, both at the Asbell Center. Students lead services and give D’var Torahs each week. If you’re interested in leading services or giving a D’var, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
What other resources are available to Jewish students?
The Asbell Center for Jewish Life offers additional events and programs, and has multiple student clubs. Asbell staff is happy to meet with students as well.
Outside of Dickinson, Congregation Beth Tikvah in Carlisle and the Gesher in Harrisburg often hire Dickinson students to teach Hebrew school. Also, there are a number of synagogues in Harrisburg, listed here.
Where do Hillel events take place?
Most Hillel events take place in the Asbell Center. Bagel brunches are on the first floor, smoothie nights are in the student lounge/kitchen on the third floor, and Shabbat services are in the sanctuary on the second floor.
What is the difference between Hillel and the Asbell Center?
Dickinson Hillel is a student-run organization, whereas the Asbell Center maintains a professional staff and is a college office, part of the Office of Equity and Inclusivity. As such, we each have our own programs, but we work together frequently!
Do I have to be Jewish or a certain religious level to come to Hillel events?
No! All of our events, including religious services, are free and open to everyone.
Additionally, Judaic Studies majors and minors can study “abroad” at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York City. Learn more here.
Can I miss class for the High Holidays?
Yes. Click here for Dickinson’s religious holidays policy. Rabbi Marley can offer more assistance.