Shabbat & Services
Last year Cornell Hillel served over 5,000 Shabbat meals to Cornell students, families and alumni.
Whether it's at 104West! Cornell's Kosher dining hall, one of our Meaning Makers' homes, a student's apartment in college-town, or a Greek house on North Campus, we are committed to helping every student connect to Shabbat in their own way.
Join us each Friday at 104West! for Shabbat Dinner. Check-in begins at 7:00 PM. Sign up here.
Want to join one of our meaning makers for Shabbat? Learn about who they are, what they do, and how to join for a meal.
Host Your Own Shabbat
Missing a home-cooked meal and quality time with family and friends? Cornell Hillel makes it easy to host your own Shabbat gathering! We provide all the funding and support you need to organize your own Shabbat meal, Havdalah movie night, Saturday sunrise hike, and anything else you can dream up. You can also host your own holiday celebrations, like a Break-fast meal for friends, or a latke party complete with sour cream and apple sauce.
Cornell Hillel hosts multiple prayer services each week including Kesher (Reform and Alternative), Shevach (Conservative), and Kedma (Orthodox). Each of these organizations provides a unique and meaningful place for students to pray with each other and connect to their spiritual selves. Learn more about them below.
Don't see a service that fits you? Let us know and we'll work together to grow our community to fit your needs.
Who: Shevach is the traditional and egalitarian prayer community at Cornell. Shevach welcomes Jews of all backgrounds and practices to join weekly Kabbalat Shabbat, monthly Shabbat Shacharit, and occasional social events. Shevach typically has a
large turnout and always has a minyan.
When: Services typically begin an hour and 15 minutes before 104West dinner. This is around 5:15 pm during daylight savings time and 6:15 pm during standard time
Where: Shevach gathers in Anabel Taylor Hall Room 314, or the Law School courtyard when the weather permits.
Contact: For more information, email Raphy Gendler at or Rabbi Hayley firstname.lastname@example.org
Who: Kesher is a vibrant Reform minyan made up of undergrad and grad students and Hillel staff members. Kesher holds egalitarian Shabbat services every Friday evening. Kesher uses familiar Reform liturgy and melodies and services may include musical instruments.
When: Services typically begin an hour and 15 minutes before 104West dinner. This is around 5:15 pm during standard time and 6:15 pm during daylight savings time.
Where: Kesher gathers in the Founders Room (ATH114) in Anabel Taylor Hall.
Contact: Contact Rabbi Hayley for more information or to get involved at email@example.com
Who: The Orthodox Minyan, Kedma, meets every Shabbat for a traditional Kabbalat Shabbat and Shacharit minyan with a mechitza. Students, professors, and community members all participate in the services and gather together after Saturday morning services for a Kiddush reception.
When: Generally Friday night services are 10 minutes before candle lighting. Shabbat morning services always start at 9:15 am.
Where: Kedma services are typically held in the Edwards Room in Anabel Taylor Hall.
Contact: To get involved or for specific questions about services, please email the current JLIC Rabbi, Daniel Kasdan (firstname.lastname@example.org).