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, 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.
Shabbat dinners are open to the community and are completely subsidized by Cornell Hillel for all Cornell students.
The first two Shabbat Dinners of the semester are held in Trillium Dining Hall.
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, High Holidays, and occasional social events.
Contact: For more information about Shevach Traditional-Egalitarian services, please email Rav Talia.
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: For more information about Reform services or to get involved with the Kesher community, please email Morgan.
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. Please reach out to our contacts below for more information.
Contact: To get involved or for specific questions about services, please email Rabbi Ari Weiss or Service Coordinator Ethan Oliner.