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Jewish Life at Colgate is student-led!

The Colgate Jewish Union is Colgate's Hillel affiliate,a pluralistic, egalitarian, student-led organization that encourages students to engage in ritual, social, intellectual, and justice activities.
Soferet Demo
Soferet Demo
Soferet (ritual scribe) Linda Coppleson demonstrates how to fix a Torah scroll at the Saperstein Jewish Center.
Sukkot on the Quad
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 Sukkot
Students, faculty, and staff celebrate Purim at the Sap!
Colgate in Israel
Colgate in Israel
Colgate students on the extended study trip to Israel, led by Professor Steven Kepnes.
Big Questions Jews Ask is one of our regular opportunities to engage in Jewish learning.
Keep Kosher and Carry On
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
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!
Monday morning minyan at the Sap - complete with coffee and donuts!
Visiting Lecturers
Visiting Lecturers
Visiting Instructor Jacob Stoil offers some insight into the political career of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, hours before Peres' visit to campus.

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.  

                  Passover at Colgate 5778

            Join us for the Festival of Freedom!  All are welcome!
First Seder                                                  Second Seder     
Friday, March 30, 2018                                 Saturday, March 31, 2018

               5 PM in the Hall of Presidents, JC Colgate Hall

Interested in our week-long kosher for Passover co-op at the Saperstein Jewish Center?
  Email Rabbi Dena Bodian for details.

The Michael Saperstein Jewish Center

'The Sap' is a focal point for Jewish culture and study at Colgate University.
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.  

Student Organizations

Colgate Jewish Union
A student-led organization which promotes Jewish religious, cultural, and social life and community.
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.

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.

Facebook: Challah for Hunger - GET INVOLVED: Challah for Hunger

Contact Us

Rabbi Dena Bodian
Assistant University Chaplain and Director of Jewish Life

 13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346
(315) 228-7682