Shabbat & Services
Cornell Hillel serves thousands of 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.
*COVID RESTRICTIONS APPLY*
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.
Contact: For more information regarding COVID restrictions, please email Rabbi Ari.
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.
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. Exceptions have been made for COVID safety, please reach out to our contacts below for more information.
Contact: To get involved or for specific questions about services, please email the current JLIC Rabbi, Daniel Kasdan or Service Coordinator Sarah Smart.