FAQs

How many Jewish students are enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College?
An estimated 300 Jewish students are enrolled in Sarah Lawrence College’s undergraduate programs, out of approximately 1000 students. We can only estimate this number, as such statistics are not collected by the college.

What kinds of student programs are sponsored by the Hillel at Sarah Lawrence College?
We seek to address all aspects of Jewish life. Hillel offers opportunities to take part in Jewish Education, Israel programs, tzedek (social justice) efforts, and Jewish prayer and festival celebrations. Each semester, we welcome a variety of Jewish bands, speakers and cultural performers.

Is there a kosher meal plan?
All Holidays, Shabbat celebrations and meetings sponsored by Hillel feature kosher meals. While many vegetarian options are available in the cafeteria and other eateries on campus, there is currently no kosher meal plan on campus, as the student population who utilize dining services has not asked for such an option. Hillels of Westchester encourages students to organize around all student needs, kashut observance inclusive. 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 to find kosher food at delis, grocery stores, and the like.

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

Our student leaders lead a Shabbat service and kosher dinner approximately twice a month. They are open to the community and are very well attended. As a result of Hillel's work at SLC, Jewish observance and culture is now an integral part of campus life. We offer full celebrations of Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Chanukah, Tu B'Shevat, Purim, Pesach, Yom HaShoah, Yom HaAtzmaut and Lag B'Omer. These observances, combined with regular tzedek, Israel, Social and Study programs, have resulted in the fact that Hillel is now the most active student organization at SLC.

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. Up to 100 more attend programming and recognize Hillel as an entity on the campus. No membership is required to attend a Hillel event; all you have to do is show up! All are welcome.

Is there a daily minyan?
There is no daily minyan offered at Sarah Lawrence College, but one could form if students were interested in starting one.

Where is the Hillel located?
Hillel does not have a permanent space on the campus of Sarah Lawrence. However, most activities happen in the Bates Center, Titsworth, or other student spaces. Others happen in academic buildings or the residence halls.

Is there a Judaic Studies Program at Sarah Lawrence College?
While there is no formal Jewish Studies Program at Sarah Lawrence College, classes are offered in the History and Religion, and Ethnic and Diasporic Studies Departments, as well as many other resources available in other campus departments
Religion Department website:
http://www.slc.edu/undergraduate/study/humanities/religion/courses.html

Can I visit the Hillel at Sarah Lawrence College?
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 staff or student member would be happy to greet you on campus or give you a tour of the school. If you wish to stay overnight in the residence halls with a Jewish student, or sit in on any classes, please contact one of our Hillel staff members to arrange your visit.

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 26, 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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