FAQs

What kinds of student programs are sponsored by the Hillel at Sarah Lawrence College?

Hillel offers opportunities that seek to address all aspects of Jewish life. We offer Jewish learning experiences, Israel programs, tzedek (social justice) efforts, and Shabbat and holiday celebrations. We welcome a variety of speakers and performers, depending on the semester.

Is there a Kosher meal plan?

All Hillel meals feature Kosher catering. There are some Kosher sandwiches available on campus but there is not a specific kosher meal plan. Hillels of Westchester encourages students to organize around all student needs. We would be happy to assist students in advocating for such an option. Students who seek kosher food outside our events can utilize the vibrant Jewish community in the Westchester area or in New York City to find more kosher food options.

What is Shabbat and other holiday celebrations like at Sarah Lawrence College?

Our student leaders host a Shabbat dinner approximately twice a month. We are also working on including paid trips into New York City for Shabbat services. “Anywhere in Westchester” provides students with services and meals for the High Holidays. We build a Sukkah and host creative events for the community inside. We host a Hanukkah party, Purim party and two Passover Sedarim. All of these events are student led.

How many students are active in the Hillel?

There is a core group of 10-25 students who regularly lead and participate in activities on campus. No membership is required to attend a Hillel event. All are welcome.

Where is the Hillel located?

Hillel does not have a permanent space on the Sarah Lawrence campus. However, most events occur in the Bates Center for Student Life or the North Room of the Siegel Center.

Is there a Judaic Studies Program at Sarah Lawrence College?

While there is no formal Jewish Studies Program at Sarah Lawrence College, there are related courses offered in various disciplines. Please see the 2018-2019 course offerings on the “Jewish Studies Program” page. These are subject to change.

Can a prospective student visit Sarah Lawrence College and stay overnight with a Jewish student?

As mentioned above, Hillel has no permanent space on campus, but a student member would be happy to greet you on campus or give you a tour of campus. If you wish to stay overnight in the residence halls with a Jewish student or sit in on any classes, please contact the Office of Admission.

How do I become a member of the Hillel at Sarah Lawrence College?
Hillel at Sarah Lawrence College has no formal membership necessary. All members of the campus community are welcome to attend our events.

How can I support the Hillel at Sarah Lawrence College?
You can support the Hillel at Sarah Lawrence College by donating your funds and/or time to Hillels of Westchester. Your generous donations sponsor programs run by students for students. You can also support Hillel at Sarah Lawrence in a non-financial way by promoting the group in a positive light and/or cosponsoring a program with us on campus.

If I’m interested in going to Israel, how can the Hillel help me get there?
Sarah Lawrence students have participated and continue to participate in the Taglit-birthright Israel program through Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. If you are Jewish, between the ages of 18 and 31, and have never been to Israel before on a peer-group trip, you are eligible for a FREE 10 day trip to Israel with students from your campus. Hillels of Westchester sends trips during winter and summer breaks every year. Visit www.freeisraeltrip.org for registration information. If you are interested in a return trip or you are ineligible for birthright, contact one of our Hillel staff members who can help find a trip that will suit your needs and interests.

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